Physical Activity and Fitness Trainer - Sherri Bourne shares a few easy and low-impact ways for seniors to stay healthy over the summer months. Don't forget when you're out in the summer sun to Slip, Slop, Slap, Slide and Wrap!
Age is no barrier to staying fit, healthy and active. And now that the winter chill has melted away, and summer’s here, it’s a great time to get outdoors and get active.

Make sure you maintain a level of physical activity. It will help you stay independent for longer and it will keep you socially connected. It’s fantastic for your mental wellbeing as well as your physical body.

Today we’re going to look at a few activities to keep you fit and healthy.

Now that the weather has heated up, it's a great time to get on your bike. The fantastic thing about cycling is that it’s really easy on the joints and you get a really great workout without even realising it.

On Wednesdays and Fridays I join a group that was set up by Bicycle Victoria with a grant from the Victorian Government to encourage people over 50 years of age to get back into cycling. I think there’s one important thing that people who over 50 and want to start cycling should do and that’s to have a chat to their doctor or physician and gradually reenter providing they get agreement from their physician or doctor.

I think Margaret Thatcher coined this phrase – she said ‘on your bike!’ [laughter]

Aqua aerobics is another exercise that you can try that’s low impact, easy on the joints and great fun as well. If you think that coming down to the pool and doing an aqua aerobics class or aqua combo class is just bobbing up and down in the water, you’re really wrong.

They started out with some lap swimming, they did some strength training, a bit of yoga and some relaxation – it’s got the whole gamut down here.

The class has been together for about nine years and lots of different people come so sometimes we get pregnant ladies, people with hip replacement, knee injuries, arthritis, people who have been told they won’t be able to do much so with regular exercise they get a lot healthier.

We’re adaptable so everyone is at a different level – people have different injuries, or they’ve experience different operations, they’re different age groups, they’re different nationalities – we have people who don’t always speak English. We always adjust the class to suit the different level so instead of doing a whole lap they can do half a lap. We moderate it – we moderate it so it’s inclusive for everybody.

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Last updated: October 2015

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