Keeping fit and active is an important part of positive ageing. It’s good to see so many seniors are already taking the opportunity to try new things, make new friends, and get involved in all that New Zealand communities have to offer.
As MP for the beautiful Coromandel, I see how fitness benefits my constituents. Whether it’s getting out and exploring our backyard, tending to the garden, or joining a club – getting active is so important to overall wellbeing.
I enjoy walking every day and make sure I spend about 45 minutes walking every morning before breakfast. Keeping fit contributes to my quality of life; I do it for myself and importantly for my family.
Leading an active lifestyle helps us stay healthy and reduces the risk of suffering a fall or a similar injury. It’s also a chance to have a bit of fun, and it’s easier than ever to take part. Movement and exercise classes can help maintain strength and a healthy weight, balance and flexibility, and reduce the risk of developing a chronic health condition.
If you’re not sure how to stay active, talk to friends and peers about what they enjoy. Your local council or sports trust may also have suggestions specifically tailored to older people – many council recreation centres offer discounts to SuperGold Card holders.
SuperSeniors is also promoting walking opportunities – both in community groups and on Department of Conservation public land.
Walking is the most popular form of exercise and I am a strong believer in walking as one of the best ways to see New Zealand – It’s free, you can go at your own pace, and can do it almost anywhere either by yourself or with a group.
Our new SuperSeniors website has a wealth of information about how to keep active as you get older. There are contact details for clubs and organisations up and down New Zealand and stories about what some of them do.
I suggest exploring the keeping active section of the website. Hopefully you too enjoy reading the inspirational stories from older Kiwis who aren’t letting age get in the way of achieving remarkable feats! www.superseniors.msd.govt.nz/health-wellbeing/keeping-active