Nearly 80% of Australians 70+ participate in sports & activities

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 25-May-20

Almost four out of five Australians aged 70+ participate in sports and activities (78.1%), according to research conducted by Roy Morgan. Walking for exercise is far and away the most popular activity, with 1,872,000 older Australians (66.4%) participating. Next is swimming, the choice of 418,000, or just over one-in-seven older Australians. The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has underscored the benefits of maintaining a healthy lifestyle in combating potentially fatal viruses and diseases. Roy Morgan has previously identified that 1.8 million Australians aged 70+ (65% of the age group) suffer from one of the illnesses shown to increase the risk of dying if COVID-19 is contracted. Roy Morgan CEO Michele Levine says the threat of COVID-19 has put the spotlight on the health and wellbeing of older Australians, so these findings are good news.

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Exercise isn’t always good

Original article by Jill Margo
The Australian Financial Review – Page: Online : 4-May-19

Robert Newton says that exercise should not be viewed as a ‘single medicine’ and should be tailored to an individual’s needs. Newton, who is professor of exercise medicine at Edith Cowan University, contends poor prescribing of exercise for those with chronic disease can compromise patient health and possibly their survival. He said he was amazed when the Oncology Society of Australia announced in May 2018 that exercise should become part of standard practice in cancer treatment.

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Item 6 – Summer Health Series – Hips don’t lie (but they can hurt!)

Original article by Zac Jones – BandTherapy
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 10-Jan-19

Do you ever get tight at the front of your hips after a long ride or run? Maybe after an intense workout the next day you struggle to walk with stiffness or pain. If this is the case then chances are you are not connecting the deep muscles of your legs to your spine properly. If you don’t connect these muscles (called iliopsoas) then you have to work twice as hard to move your body. That extra effort just to get things moving can be a key reason why you get tight, stiff and sore in your hips! This also applies if you have had or are considering a hip replacement, because that extra contraction of the muscles around the hip socket without release and access to free movement can render you vulnerable to reinjury and delay rehabilitation. There is no doubt the key areas of the hips and pelvis need to be strong to be able to do everything we ask of them, but too often we confuse strength with rigidity. The best way to approach freeing up the hips so we can move better pain free whilst also developing strength is to read more at https://bit.ly/2BUZWL5

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