Ageing Well

Physical activity & strength training for older people

Many people know about the benefits of physical activity such as walking, swimming or cycling, but older people should also include a strength training component in their exercise program.

Regular physical activity provides many general health benefits, including, but not limited to:

  • improved heart
  • improved lung function
  • improved circulation
  • weight control
  • depression
  • improve memory
  • improved glycemic control in diabetes

In addition, physical activity has many positive benefits for the musculoskeletal system in older people. Especially important for people aged 40-65 years, physical activity can provide improved endurance, muscle strength and balance. Physical activity programs which include resistance training are more effective in improving muscle strength along with improvements in bone density, reduced symptoms associated with osteoporosis, improved functional levels in osteoarthritis and reduced risk of falls. Walking alone is not enough to obtain these benefits.

Resistance training exercises can take many forms including: body weight exercises, free weights, machines, elastic cords and tubing. So, whether your goal is to increase your mobility, improve your golf swing or reduce pain, physiotherapists can develop a safe and effective strengthening program.

Please see further information on our Aged care physiotherapy, Balance programs, and Physiotherapy pages.

Mark Pennington – Physiotherapist – Leap Health Rosny Park

Mark is originally from balmy Brisbane, where he graduated in 1998 from the University of Qld. He has worked in a diverse range of clinical settings and locations – both private and public, including overseas in the UK. Mark has a keen interest in understanding the cause of conditions and thus prevention. Mark places key emphasis on education and making patients a master of their condition.