Winter activities for seniors

Winter activities for seniors

  Winter is the time of year when most of us want to stay indoors, but it is important to keep the body and mind sharp by staying active. Learn more about five activities that you and your senior loved one can safely enjoy together throughout the winter season. Exercise is important for your health. The National Institute of Aging recommends that…

Exercise to stay strong

Exercise to stay strong

Researchers around the world have proven, that one of the most effective ways to live a long healthy life is by exercising regularly.   Conversely, people who don’t exercise are at higher risk for many different kinds of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s. Inactivity can also worsen arthritis symptoms, increase lower-back pain and lead to depression…

Using exercise to fight cancer

Using exercise to fight cancer

  In recent years, there has been a greater focus on the importance of physical activity to enable cancer patients to function normally and to enhance their quality of life.   There is growing evidence that a physically active lifestyle protects against the development of colon cancer, breast cancer, endometrial cancer, and prostate cancer. In recent years, a number of…

Strength training for seniors

Strength training for seniors

By Denis Taaffe, Professor Exercise Gerontologist, Edith Cowan University   Normal ageing is characterised by a reduction in muscle mass and strength, which can compromise an older person’s functional performance, such as the ability to climb stairs or rise from a chair, independence, and quality of life. Moreover, the decline in muscle strength contributes to poorer balance, increasing the risk…

Benefits of exercise physiology

Benefits of exercise physiology

  Exercise physiology is medical science that uses exercise to treat health conditions. It is proven that exercising and starting to move more can help improve any health condition with benefits including lifting your mood, improving memory, regulating blood sugar, enhancing circulation, helping prevent falls, strengthening your heart health, lungs and protects your joints and bones and can even increase…

How to keep fit during the holidays

How to keep fit during the holidays

  Holidays are filled with family obligations, travelling, festive outings and all sorts of delicious treats.  However, it is important to balance indulgence and stick to a health and wellness routine or create one if you don’t already have. Here are some tips to get you started:  Keep moving – Avoid sitting down for too long. Research shows that getting up…

Matt Fuller’s 24 hour Cycle for Telethon

Matt Fuller’s 24 hour Cycle for Telethon

    This year marked 50 years for Telethon’s aspiring fundraiser in Western Australia. Matt Fuller, retired professional rugby league player, directs his support for Telethon by participating in a 24-hour spin bike challenge. This gruelling challenge consists of Fuller cycling solo for 24 hours straight in order to raise money for Telethon. This year marked his ninth year participating…