Increase your activity levels
Use physical activity as an opportunity to make new friends and take part in programs in your local community:
- Contact your local council. Many councils run free or low-cost activities for seniors.
- Join a walking group.
- Find out what activities your local 60 and Better program offers.
You might prefer to incorporate more activity into your existing routine and break your daily activity into smaller blocks (e.g. 2 x 15 minute blocks).
Remember to talk to your doctor before you undertake physical activity if:
- it's a new activity you haven't done before
- you've been inactive for a while
- you have a health condition.
For further information, guidelines and tips on keeping physically active for older adults, visit health direct.
Reduce your risk of falling
Balance and strength exercises are vital to reduce the risk of falling. You can help reduce your risk of falling by:
- knowing the risk factors for falling
- taking action to stay healthy and active
- creating a safe environment in and around your home.
This guide to reduce your risk of falling provides information and tips to help you to stay active and independent and live in your own home for longer.
If you enjoy competitive sport, there are many options available.
Many sports modify competitions for senior players (e.g. eliminating body contact or reducing the length of the game).
Contact the state organisation for the activity that interests you the most to find out how you can get involved.
Why not participate at a masters games (a multi-sport competition for all abilities)?