Marlene Kerslake keeps fit as part of the Ipswich City Council’s Active Seniors program.
Marlene Kerslake keeps fit as part of the Ipswich City Council’s Active Seniors program. Rob Williams

Seniors ready to work up a sweat

IPSWICH seniors are hitting the gym and learning yoga poses as part of a program helping them maintain their get up and go lifestyles.

Seniors are relishing the chance to shape up and socialise during fitness sessions in The Ageing Stronger, Active Longer program.

The eight-week program includes healthy cooking classes, diabetes education and exercise activity groups including Zumba, yoga and gym sessions.

This week the group stepped into the UQ Ipswich campus gym for some exercising tips.

Karalee residents Brian and Dorothy Weatherman joined the group from week one.

Mr Weatherburn said he was looking forward to the course.

"I always used to run 10km every day and that was great," he said.

Another participant Angela Strickland said getting together with her peers was one of the attractive features of the program.

"For me, one of the biggest things is the social aspect. You can get isolated when you get older," she said.

The program, organised by the Ipswich City Council in conjunction with Queensland Health and Home Assist, has been running for five years with the recent group starting last month.

A wide range of health professionals are parting their knowledge to the participants.

Queensland Health is providing a physiotherapist, registered nurse, pharmacist, optometrist, occupational therapist, dietician, social worker and podiatrist to give advice to participants throughout the program.

The sessions address topics such as the benefits of exercise, adopting a nutritious diet and maintaining good mental health.

The topics cover issues such as diabetes, heart care, maturity blues, as well as cooking demonstrations.

Inquiries about the Ageing Stronger, Active Longer program can be directed to council's Community Development Branch on 3810 6655.

Versions of the program are also available at the Gailes Community House.



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