Healthy and active ageing
There are many benefits of staying active and healthy as you get older. As we age, it is important that we stay physically active and connected to others. Doing regular physical activity can reduce your risk of falls, build strong bones and muscles, increase independence, boost the immune system, reduce the risk of obesity, and can help delay the onset of dementia. You can also reduce your risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, depression, arthritis, stroke, and some cancers.
Being active in nature can be a powerful tool when it comes to helping older adults live longer, feel happier, stay socially connected and remain independent.
Taking part in a walking program has been shown to have long-term positive health outcomes in older adults. Walking is a safe exercise for most people and counts toward your aerobic activity goals while helping to build lower-body strength. Walking in parks where there are a range of surfaces and uneven ground strengthens several muscles in your hips, knees, and ankles that you don’t often use. This in turn supports older adults to improve balance and stability which helps to protect from falls as you age.
Spending time in nature is a fantastic way to feel connected, whether by meeting new friends or enjoying a walk with long term buddies. Why not visit a park you’ve never been to and spot wildlife on a self-guided or volunteer-led walk? Find a favourite fishing spot or take to the water in a canoe.
Join our volunteer team and make new friends with similar interests to you or learn something new about Victoria’s Aboriginal or European heritage at one of many historical sites across the state.
NB: This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Speak to your doctor before starting any new exercise program.