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

Sep 19, 2021
Yoga and 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.

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.

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.

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.

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IMPORTANT LEGAL INFO This article is of a general nature and FYI only, because it doesn’t take into account your personal health requirements or existing medical conditions. That means it’s not personalised health advice and shouldn’t be relied upon as if it is. Before making a health-related decision, you should work out if the info is appropriate for your situation and get professional medical advice.

Which spring activity sounds most like you?

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