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New Zealand seniors urged to get active

New Zealand seniors urged to get active
December 20, 2013

Age Concern New Zealand is urging Kiwi seniors to get active, producing an information sheet 'Get physical and feel good. Kia kori, kia ora'.

Introducing the initiative, Age Concern New Zealand President Evelyn Weir stated "at this time of year when we tend to eat more treats than usual, it's worth remembering the many benefits that come with regular physical activities.

"Whatever your age, having a daily routine that keeps you physically active can do wonders for body and mind. You will feel better, think better and sleep better. Even small amounts of exercise can make a difference - what counts is that it's regular and varied.

"And remember, it's so much easier to get started and keep going if you make the activities fun, weave them into your daily or weekly routine and do them with others."

The information sheet was produced with the help of SeniorVoice members who told Age Concern New Zealand about the activities they enjoy.

Scottish country dancing: "it is both physical and mental exercise, and I think because the dancing is done in 'sets' rather than individually or just in couples, there is a very positive social atmosphere as people are always aware of others and the more experienced dancers guide the less experienced in a subtle but helpful way. I have met some good people through this activity."

Swimming: "I like swimming and swim at a local heated pool three times a week. I swim continuously for 30 minutes - usually 20 laps i.e. 500 metres. I enjoy the support from the water and reckon my whole body exercises in this way. No-one can phone, email or otherwise distract me and so there is a meditative element that is also beneficial. I am 81 years old and I enjoy observing the pre-school swimming classes and have made friendships with other swimmers before and after my swim. I also enjoy gardening."

Table Tennis: "Table tennis is good as there are quick movements not only of feet but also of eyes, which is better for the heart. I enjoy walking because of beautiful scenery and fresh air. Gardening and cycling provide exercise to parts of my body which don't get it from other activities."

Walking and Tai Chi: "My physical activity consists of a short walk two or three times a day. Also, I enjoy and do Tai chi at home during the week. Due to a skeletal muscular condition, I am unable to jog, or walk for a long distance, but a short walk two or three times a day, plus my Tai chi, seems to do the trick. I have daily home help, but do my own marketing/cooking, plus laundry, light house work. My mobility scooter is my means of transport, also my walking frame. I enjoy my daily walks, also the Tai chi and I realize that the more I can do for myself, the better I shall be."

Fitness: "I enjoy participating at the Waikato University Gym in the 'Life fit Healthy heart' programme as well as walking for at least 4 to 5 kilometres on the days I am not at the gym as well as using the stairs in our home many times during the day and gardening."

Click here to view the 'Get physical and feel good. Kia kori, kia ora' information sheet.

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