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Physical Activity Guidelines for Older Australians

Guidelines for Older Australians

Developed by the Department of Health and Ageing, this brochure outlines the national physical activity guidelines for older people, including recommendations on the type and intensity of activities.

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Guidelines for Older Australians Adobe PDF 38.2 kB

Some key points are that:

  • Older people should do some form of physical activity, no matter what their age, weight, health problems or abilities.
  • Older people should be active every day in as many ways as possible, doing a range of physical activities that incorporate fitness, strength, balance and flexibility.
  • Older people should accumulate at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity on most, preferably all, days.
  • Older people who have stopped physical activity, or who are starting a new physical activity, should start at a level that is easily manageable and gradually build up the recommended amount, type and frequency of activity. 
  • Older people who continue to enjoy a lifetime of vigorous physical activity should carry on doing so in a manner suited to their capability into later life, provided recommended safety procedures and guidelines are adhered to. 

Year published: 2006

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