Free Lithgow exercise workshops for seniors

As part of a state wide initiative to raise activity levels in seniors, Active Seniors is holding a free workshop in Lithgow to educate and inspire seniors to exercise more.

The workshop will be held on Monday, October 23, at the Lithgow Neighbourhood Centre from 3pm to 4pm.

Another workshop will be held at Katoomba on Monday, November 6, at the Katoomba Laura Community Centre, 10.30am to 11.30am.

In a recent study published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, rates of activity levels in the over 65 population have decreased by up to 10 per cent over the past two decades.

This was alarming given the strong link between chronic disease and levels of inactivity, Active Seniors’ Taylor Harrison said.

“Many people over 65 are aware they need to exercise - but are unsure of what to do or are scared of being judged in the traditional gym environment.”

With the bulk of Australia’s medical expenses spent on the senior population, getting more people over the age of 65 active is critical to not only the economy, but their overall quality of life, including their mental wellbeing.

“The key to good health in later years in remaining physically active and engaged in the community. The more people are engaged, the better they fare mentally,” Mr Harrison said.