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Lifestyle : Forever Young 2011
1HERSA1 A036 nepean R medical imaging B NKST WN medical imaging M UNT RU TT 8760 9100 9854 0100 4722 4700 SMARTER TECHNOLOGY - MINIMAL DOSE - MAXIMUM IMAGE QUALITY NEPEAN RADIOLOGY, MEDICAL IMAGING BANKSTOWN & MEDICAL IMAGING MT DRUITT bring to you 128 Slice GE CT Scanner CUTTING RADIATION DOSE BY UP TO 80% CARDIAC IMAGING DETECTING HEART DISEASE EARLY! Services Provided •CT • Ultra Sound • X-Ray • Dental Imaging • Biopsies • Injections BULK BILLING PRACTICES *MEDICAL IMAGING MT DRUITT OPENING EARLY 2012 C O OG OS U S G C C S a healthy choice. At any age, physical activity provides a range of health ene ts and the good ne s is that it doesn't have to e stren o s. he Heart Fo ndation has t o f n, social progra s that seniors can enjoy; Heart Foundation Walking (free) and Heartmoves. o nd o t ore visit www.heartfoundation.org.au or call 1300 36 27 87 F ll of heart he Heart Fo ndation strongly enco rages everyone to live f ll of heart y keeping p their physical activity. AG4706476AA-201111 36 SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2011 THE SUN-HERALD Forever Young SPECIAL REPORT Shape your future Avoiding health risks later means working out now, writes Tanya Ryan-Segger. Take the plunge . . . it's never too late to start exercising. Photo: Quentin Jones Cross-training is one of the best ways to stay fit. REGULAR exercise during and beyond life's middle years is the best way to avoid conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. But the key to staying in peak condition longer is not running a weekly marathon but a mixture of cardiovascular and resistance-based exercise. Although strength training may conjure up images of young, sculpted bodybuilders, fitness experts say lifting weights or similar resistance-based activity is critical to looking good and keeping fit in the later years of life. The owner of Tribe Social Fitness, Scott Capelin, says weight training is not just for wannabe Arnold Schwarzeneggers, it's the ideal way for older people to look younger. ''Our level of muscle declines as we age and the best way to combat this is by lifting weights a couple of times a week,'' he says. Capelin, a personal trainer for more than a decade, says cardiovascular exercises -- such as jogging or cycling -- will burn muscle along with fat, resulting in less muscle tone and a decreased metabolism, which is not an ideal outcome as people age. But if pumping iron at your local gym isn't quite your style, don't worry. The benefits of strength training can be gained from other activities, such as yoga, pilates, boxing, rowing or even swapping weights for a resistance band. The author of Healthy Heart for Life, Andrew Cate, was motivated to enter the health and fitness industry almost 15 years ago after losing both his grandfathers to preventable lifestyle diseases at relatively young ages. Based on Sydney's northern beaches, Cate is passionate about people of all ages exercising and says cross-training is one of the best ways for older people to stay fit. ''Cross-training . . . or doing a combination of different things, shares the load around the body,'' Cate says. The 41-year-old father of two says keeping exercise fresh and interesting by mixing it up or trying things that are enjoyable and easy, such as cycling or paddling, is a good approach. The most critical element to keeping in shape as you age is finding activities that fit with your lifestyle while not turning into a ''weekend warrior''. ''When people have been inactive for years then go out and do a fun run and push themselves like they used to 10 or 15 years ago, they find out afterwards their body is not quite what it used to be,'' Cate says. Capelin, 35, says he often advises clients to obtain clearance from a GP first to make sure their body is in the right condition to start exercising regularly and any health issues can be addressed from the outset. Despite such additional precautions, the good news for people wishing to start or reintroduce exercise later in life is that it's never too late. ''It may sound cliched but anyone really can become more active by choosing activities that appeal to them personally,'' Capelin says. ''Whether it is walking on the soft sand at the beach, taking up yoga or tennis, or joining a gym, these things are never limited by age.'' Regular exercise not only promises to improve your appearance and internal body function in the short term, it also improves your quality of life in the medium to longer term. But if starting an exercise program is daunting, try a collective approach to add an element of accountability and a social outlet. The Heart Foundation's walking programs or, for people with existing but stable health conditions, Heartmoves could be a good start.
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