Community exercises - why you need to join in!
More than two-thirds of Australians aged over 65 years are not performing enough exercise to reduce their risk of developing chronic disease and/or disability.
Regular physical activity is essential for staying healthy as we age, but older adults are often reluctant to exercise due to physical limitations, safety concerns and accessibility issues.
Aged care organisations are starting to provide community-based exercise programs led by Accredited Exercise Physiologists to minimise the growing incidence rates of chronic disease and assist older adults to live longer and fuller lives.
Studies have shown that exercise can have a significant positive impact in the prevention, treatment and management of many chronic health conditions.
Here's just a few of the benefits...
How an Exercise Physiologist can help
- Accredited Exercise Physiologists play an important role in the delivery of community-based programs for both well and unwell clients. As university-trained allied health professionals who specialise in exercise and health management, we can:
- Prescribe individualised exercise and support for healthy or at-risk clients for prevention of disease and injury
- Facilitate the smooth transition and continuation of care for those with chronic health conditions during and after their medical treatment
- Foster self-management by educating and equipping clients with the skills necessary to take control of their health and maintain their independence, function and quality of life
- Contribute to reducing health care costs and hospital admissions whilst keeping older adults in their own homes
Tips to remember
- Community-based exercise programs provide many benefits for the older adult including social interaction, supervision and support, motivation and enjoyment
- Accredited Exercise Physiologists deliver safe and effective community-based programs that assist with improving an older adult’s physical function, quality of life and self-management whilst taking into account individual needs and medical conditions
- Talk to your GP before commencing an exercise program, especially if you have existing health conditions
- For more information about community-based exercise programs, come and have a chat with one of the Accredited Exercise Physiologists at Healthy Connections