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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Aug-Sept
HEALTH 34 | www.probussouthpacific.org T hink you’re too old to start exercising? Think again. Nerida Costi is a 61-year - old cancer survivor. She also has acute osteoporosis and low bone density caused by menopause. She did her first all women’s mini- triathlon at the age of 60 in October 2010, crossing the line first in her age group. Her favourite exercises are swimming and walking. She’s been active all her life, and although ageing might have slowed her down a little bit, she still exercises most days of the week and feels – and looks – younger for it. Sadly, only 10 per cent of Australians over 50 exercise enough to gain any benefit. And yet, according to the Victorian Government’s research into healthy ageing, people over the age of 65 Want the secret to looking and feeling younger, and living longer? It’s exercise. Get moving today for your daily shot of youth tonic. By Simone McClenaughan require good fitness levels to help them maintain independence, recover from illnesses and lower their risk factors for a number of diseases. Professor Robert Newton is head of the School of Exercise, Biomedical and Health Sciences and the Foundation Professor of Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) at Edith Cowan University, and he specialises in exercise for ageing, strength and conditioning. “Everyone needs to exercise,” Professor Newton says. “It is critical for everyone – regardless of age. Research has shown that people in their 90s in a high-care aged facility who were introduced to an exercise routine had a 100- 150 per cent increase in strength and quality of life.” People in their 90s in a high-care aged facility who were introduced to an exercise routine had a 100-150 per cent increase in strength and quality of life. Professor Robert Newton, Edith Cowan University Fountain of youth Worth working out One of the reasons that people age is inactivity. Research published on the Victorian Government’s Better Health website shows that a sedentary lifestyle can: • Strip away muscle mass, bone density, strength and physical endurance • Reduce your coordination and balance • Make you less flexible and less mobile • Reduce your heart and lung function • Increase your body fat and blood pressure • Make you more likely to develop mood disorders such as anxiety and depression • Increase your risk of developing a variety of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, type two diabetes and cancer. “Exercise is the best medicine we have,” says Professor Newton. “Modern medicine is good at keeping us alive. But exercise can help us live.”
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