Move it or lose it. 4 easy ways to be active this spring

Sep 19, 2021
Yoga and/or Pilates are great options for seniors. Source: Getty

As the days warm up and the layers come off, it’s natural to start feeling more motivated to start moving and shifting those “Covid kilos” or “winter weight”, which — let’s be honest — most of us are probably carrying. However, if launching into a full fitness regime feels a bit daunting at this stage, we understand. That’s why we have put together four simple ways to ease back into activity, to have you feeling – and looking – better than ever.

1. Walking

Walking for 30 minutes or more a day can lower the risk of heart disease and stroke by 35 per cent and Type 2 diabetes by 40 per cent. What’s more, it’s so easy. No wonder it’s one of the most popular forms of activity in Australia. All you need is a good pair of walking shoes. With the needs of the over 60’s in mind, Starts at 60 Marketplace has curated some gems, many of which are now on sale.

These orthotic-friendly ones (pictured below), named ‘XD Bailey’, by Tesselli, are 20 per cent off until October 6, and feature fine stitch detail, a functional lacing system, a wider fit, removable arch and supportive footbed. Handmade in Turkey from soft European leather, they come in a wide range of colours, including black, red, light tan (‘Scissors’), soft pink (‘New Skin’) and khaki green (‘Brook’). Currently $175.96 down from $219.95 until October 6, our favourite is the red (we’ve heard it goes faster) To view the Marketplace’s full range of walking shoes on sale now, click here.

Tesselli’s ‘XD Bailey’ walking shoe in red.

2. Ankle/Wrist Weights

Want to take your walking up a notch and squeeze the most from your exercise time? It’s as easy as applying some ankle and/or wrist weights. In addition to building, maintaining, toning and shaping muscle, exercising with weights leads to stronger bones, which is particularly important as we age and become more susceptible to fractures due to a loss of bone mass.

If you haven’t tried ankle/wrist weights before, try starting with 1kg each and working your way up to 5kg. The Starts at 60 Marketplace has a pair of 1kg weights by Powertrain for $79.95 available here and pictured below. Filled with ‘iron sand’, these heavy-duty nylon weights with fully adjustable velcro straps are designed to last many years. To check out the Marketplace’s full range of weights, including 5kg ankle/wrist weights, dumbbells and weights for aqua aerobics, click here.

Powertrain’s 2 x 1kg ankle/wrist weights.

3. Yoga/Pilates

Want to improve your strength, balance and flexibility, ease arthritis, and keep back pain at bay? Give yoga and/or Pilates a whirl. Another great option for seniors, all you need is a good-quality mat and some block props.

The Starts at 60 Marketplace has a bright and beautiful array of floor mats, including eco-friendly versions made from non-toxic Thermal Plastic Elastomer (TPE) foam and free of latex and PVC. Priced at $79.95, these durable, double-layer, 8mm-thick mats help cushion joints while providing firm, stable support for standing postures. The two-sided non-slip surface prevents hand slippage and provides excellent grip on hard surfaces, while the closed-cell structure of the mats locks out moisture, dirt and germs.

Available in pink, rose pink, dark purple, dark blue, black/green and blue (pictured below and available here), the mats even include a handy, free carry strap. For the Marketplace’s full range of yoga and Pilates mats, click here. And if you want to add some block props to your practice to support those harder stretches, a pair of eco-friendly, non-slip natural cork blocks are available for $69.95, here.

Eco-Friendly TPE Yoga Pilates Mat in blue.

4. Vibration Platform

Want to tone up, burn fat, improve joint health and circulation all while standing in one spot? Well the Mini Vibration Machine Platform Whole Body Exercise Workout Board makes it possible. Lighter and smaller than other vibration machines on the market, it’s ideal for use at home, in the office or at hotels, and includes a remote control and resistance bands for a more intense workout. Recommended for use in 10-minute intervals, the machine also automatically shuts off at 10 minutes as a safety feature.

Currently on sale for $152.99 (down from $300) on the Starts at 60 Marketplace, and pictured below, now’s a great time to give it a go and reap the rewards. For a full list of at-home gym equipment, including other vibration platforms, click here.

Black Mini Vibration Machine Platform Plate Whole Body Exercise Workout Board.

 

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