It's easy to add fitness to your years

Keen to exercise but don't know where to start? Try our functional fitness program.

We all know maintaining good physical fitness has proven benefits for your health and wellbeing. However, it becomes particularly important as you get older.

People 65 and older, perhaps more than any other age group, require adequate fitness levels to help them maintain independence, recover from illness and reduce their high risk of disease.

If you don’t exercise regularly, it can be hard to know where or how to start. Common reasons for older adults not participating in physical activity can include the cost of joining a gym or fitness class, fear of injury, a lack of confidence or feeling overwhelmed.

With this in mind, Council has partnered with YMCA to develop a low-cost, six-week fitness program, specifically designed for older people who don’t exercise regularly. Exercises focus on functional movements to increase strength, stability and mobility, which are key to performing everyday tasks and activities.

The first program held at Balwyn Evergreen Centre proved to be a hit, with participants enjoying easing into exercise in a comfortable environment.

“The program has been really worthwhile. You can go at your own pace in the classes and take a break if you need,” says participant Lulu.

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“I’ve seen improvements to my fitness in four weeks and I’m looking to continue exercising once the program has finished.”

Throughout the six-week program, friendly and professional fitness instructors lead exercise classes suitable for all levels of fitness, provide important health and wellbeing information, and give participants the opportunity to measure their progress through simple, exercise-based fitness checks.

Each class is followed by a healthy afternoon tea where participants can enjoy refreshments with other participants. “The classes have been especially helpful after COVID-19 and encourage you to get moving,” says Mary.

“It’s a welcoming environment with a friendly group of people, and the weekly class gives us an outing for the afternoon.”

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