Seniors find free courses a good fit for health
IT'S not as if we haven't been warned...
The risks of being overweight and under-active are well documented.
Obesity, according to reliable experts, has become the single biggest threat to public health in Australia, overtaking smoking as the leading cause of premature death and illness.
Shamefully, Australia is ranked as one of the fattest nations in the developed world, with 14 million Australians described as overweight or obese.
Many older Queenslanders have acknowledged the health risks of a sedentary lifestyle.
They're joining classes like Active Aging to shed the weight, socialise and exercise.
Sixty-three-year-old Adrienne Drake, of Fernvale, likes mixing with "like-minded people" to get fitter.
That's why she enrolled in the current Active Aging course at Lowood.
"I had a free day and I thought I'd do it," she said.
"I thought, it's free and it's fun.
"We've been doing warm-ups and going for a walk around the street.
"We did things together like throwing the ball."
Adrienne's reasonably energetic and likes the social aspect of Active Aging.
"I'm not a real exercise freak but I know I have to do it to get fit," she said.
"I like swimming, and can't wait for the weather to warm up.
"I have lost over a kilo in one week. I think I have to be sensible and not chomp on chocolate."
Allen Sandell, 71, also wants to lose weight and learn more about nutrition during the course.
With knee replacements and osteoarthritis, he sometimes finds it hard to exercise.
"The course is good because they look at what you can do and can't do," Allen said.
"It's good for the pensioners because it doesn't cost anything."
Allen has been fairly active through the years.
"I used to go to the swimming pool twice or three times a week," he said.
"I worked as a carpenter so I've been on my feet all my life.
"It was physical work, hard lifting... I was 67 when I stopped working."
Active Aging is an eight-week course for the over 50s run by Somerset Regional Council and UQ Health Care, consisting of an hour-and-a-half workshop each week.
The course is held twice a year at various locations. Call 5424 4000 to register for future courses.
An Aging Stronger, Active Longer program is coming up.
In partnership with Able Australia and YMCA, Ipswich City Council will deliver a five-week free healthy aging program for seniors in Springfield Lakes.
- Date: From August 21
- Time: 9am to noon
- Location: Springfield Lakes Community Centre, Springfield Lakes Boulevard, Springfield Lakes