How much physical activity should I do?
For older Australians you should be physically active on most, preferably all, days every week.
You should aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity (things like a brisk walk, household tasks such as raking leaves or cleaning windows or dancing along with the kids) every day in as many ways as possible and do a range of activities that incorporate fitness, strength, balance and flexibility.
Staying active videos
Wellbeing SA, supported by The City of Unley - Daily Moves and COTA SA, have developed some videos that focus on:
- How to use outdoor exercise equipment for older adults
- Strength for Life activities for people over 50 years and over 40 years for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.
Daily Moves is a free supportive physical activity program for adults aged 65 years and above living independently in Eastern Adelaide. The program aims to encourage participants to move their bodies daily for 30 minutes.
The Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing also shares activities for older people that can be done while at home.
What about screen time and sitting?
We know, for good health and wellbeing, it is important to be mindful of how much time we spend sitting or engaged with screens.
For older Australians, try to break up long periods of sitting throughout the day — try setting a reminder for the last five minutes of every hour and move around the house.