Physio Report

Regular exercise is important for your wellbeing

It is recommended by the Australian Government Department of Health and the World Health Organisation that adults over 65 years old participate in aerobic exercises, strength training, and balance exercises.

Aerobic Exercises: 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity daily.

Strength Training: on 2 or more days per week with a rest day in between. Aim for 10-15 repetitions for all major muscle groups and complete 1-3 sets

Balance Exercises: should challenge your balance through standing still and when moving and be completed 3 or more times per week

Why Exercise?

• Improve cardiovascular fitness, brain health, and mental health
• Improve pain
• Improve sleep and energy levels
• Prevent falls
• Maintain independence/ reduce dependence

Getting Started

• Pick activities that you enjoy (walking, dancing, swimming)
• Exercise in a group or with friends
• Start slow and work your way up
• Reduce the time you spend sitting and being sedentary
• Join in with the facility exercise programs
• Ask your physiotherapists for advice and support

Residents exercising at Banfields:

Marjorie goes for a walk with physiotherapist Venice to maintain her mobility, improve her mood, and allow her to interact with other residents.

Neil performs squats to improve his leg strength with physiotherapist Medha supervising.

Alan exercises with Venice to improve his mobility and sleep.

Mavis goes for a walk with Medha to manage her arthritis.

Jul 7, 2021