23 MayTAKE YOUR WORKOUT OUTDOORS TO AGE BETTER
Australians are living longer than ever before. By 2056 it’s estimated that one in four Australians will be over 65 years old.
Many will still be in the workforce or starting to transition from full-time work to having more leisure time available. Either way, staying active and strong enhances participation in activities for everyday living.
As we age it’s important to look after ourselves – physically, mentally and socially. Spending time outdoors is an easy and enjoyable way to do this.
HEALTH CHALLENGES FOR SENIORS
Lifestyle related conditions and chronic diseases such as diabetes, musculoskeletal issues such as arthritis and osteoporosis, anxiety and depression, cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure are significant health concerns for people as they age.
More than half of Australians aged 65 to 84 are overweight or obese and have high blood pressure.
With age can also come loneliness and social isolation, which negatively impacts health outcomes, increasing risk of developing coronary heart disease or stroke.
WHY PARKS ARE PART OF THE SOLUTION
Simply spending time in safe, thriving parks can help us become more active, reduce our stress levels, recover faster from illness or injury, and foster social connections that contribute to our well-being.
Spending time in parks can also have a positive impact on cognitive function, which is a key factor in being able to live independently and enjoy good wellbeing as we age.
Read more https://exerciseright.com.au/exercising-outdoors-age-better/
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