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Older Australians staying active

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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 COTA SA, have developed some videos that focus on Strength for Life activities for people over 50 years and over 40 years for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.

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?

During this time people may be spending more time sitting or in front of screens than they usually would.

For adults try to break up long periods of sitting throughout the day — try setting a reminder for the last 5 minutes of every hour and move around the house.