Hip seniors who bust a move less likely to break a bone

 Almost a third of Australians over the age of 65 are doing no exercise at all, and many more are not doing enough to improve strength, co-ordination and balance, a report examining seniors’ exercise habits has found.

The study of more than 22,000 Australians over 65, published in the Australian Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, revealed that, of the elderly who exercise, most take part in aerobic activities such as walking, which is beneficial to heart fitness but does little to protect the exerciser against falls or loss of bone mass.

The SMH reports:

 Almost a third of Australians over the age of 65 are doing no exercise at all, and many more are not doing enough to improve strength, co-ordination and balance, a report examining seniors’ exercise habits has found.

The study of more than 22,000 Australians over 65, published in the Australian Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, revealed that, of the elderly who exercise, most take part in aerobic activities such as walking, which is beneficial to heart fitness but does little to protect the exerciser against falls or loss of bone mass.

The lead author of the study, Dafna Merom, said it was important to find out why. ”It could be an issue of accessibility, it could be a confidence issue, it could be the cost of participation,” said Associate Professor Merom, of the University of Western Sydney’s school of science and health. ”But as we get older we need to provide protection to all of our systems, not just our cardiovascular system.”

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SquareOne Physio holds Falls Prevention Classes aimed at Over 65’s to help strengthen muscles and improve balance to reduce the risk of falls. Our Clinical Pilates classes are also suitable for those wanting more of a workout.