Fit and Active at Every Age

Published: 31 Mar 2023

Fit and Active at Every Age

As we age, it’s more important than ever to prioritize our health and fitness. It can be tempting to slow down and take it easy, but the truth is, maintaining our strength, balance, and fitness is crucial to living a happy and independent life as we get older.  We recently wrote about it here.

So why is it so important to focus on fitness and balance as we age? Well, for starters, it can help prevent falls, which can have serious consequences for older adults. By staying active and working on our balance and coordination, we can reduce our risk of falls and improve our overall mobility.

Additionally, staying fit and active can help us maintain our independence and quality of life. It can help us keep up with the activities we love, whether that’s playing with grandkids, gardening, or going for a walk with friends. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to keep doing the things they love for as long as possible?

So, how can you work on maintaining your fitness, balance, and strength as you age? Here are a few tips to get started:

  1. Start small and build up gradually: It’s important to find an exercise routine that works for you, but it’s equally important not to push yourself too hard too quickly. Start with gentle exercises like walking, stretching, or chair exercises, and gradually build up to more challenging activities.
  2. Incorporate balance exercises into your routine: Improving your balance and coordination can help reduce your risk of falls. Simple exercises like standing on one leg or walking heel-to-toe can help improve your balance over time.
  3. Focus on strength training: Strength training is important for maintaining muscle mass and bone density as we age. This doesn’t mean you have to start lifting heavy weights, but incorporating simple exercises like squats, lunges, or bicep curls into your routine can help keep your muscles strong and healthy.
  4. Find activities you enjoy: Staying active doesn’t have to be a chore. Find activities you enjoy, whether that’s dancing, swimming, or playing a sport, and make them a regular part of your routine. This will help keep you motivated and make exercise feel less like a chore.

Remember, it’s never too late to start prioritizing your health and fitness. By focusing on maintaining your balance, strength, and fitness as you age, you can live a happier and more independent life for years to come. So why not get started today?


The Active & Healthy Website has links to fitness and balance classes here in New South Wales,

We have physiotherapist led classes at our Jordan Springs and Caringbah clinics – reach out to learn more.