How others do it

Included here are stories from active people describing their experiences, why they exercise and how they exercise. This may inspire you and help you decide how you will be more active.

David's story

“I am 82 years old.  I have been physically active all my life.  When I was younger I played rugby and loved bush walking.  We had a caravan for 60 years and spent a lot of time traveling into the Australian bush. We also had a dog that we took for walks every day.

I had a couple of small strokes when I was 80 and lost part of my vision and had some weakness in my leg and arm.  When I had to give up driving the caravan, we took up line dancing, twice a week, at a local hall.  I have always loved music and dancing and this seemed to be a great way to exercise.  Line dancing challenges my balance and keeps me fit while enjoying music and meeting other people. It also requires me to remember the step sequence so it is a good mental workout too.”

My advice to others: “Being older doesn’t mean you have to stop exercising and stop doing the things you enjoy.  Keeping fit allows me to enjoy my grandchildren and great grandchildren, and be able to keep gardening.”

Christine's story

I am 70 years old.  I have had a few health problems and I recently had a bad case of pneumonia.  This was complicated by an infection and I ended up in ICU in a coma for 3 weeks.

When I came out of the coma, I couldn’t walk or even get out of bed by myself.  Gradually through doing exercises and practicing walking, I got stronger and was able to leave hospital and go home.

When I got home I started a simple home exercise programme suggested by my physio.  The exercises only take a few minutes to do morning and afternoon.  I am now able to shower myself, make the bed and have started cooking again.  I can walk 100m and can get out to my garden and go shopping. 

I stopped doing my home exercises every day for about a week but I found myself getting worse.  So now I do them every day.“

My advice to others: “A little amount of exercise can make a real difference.  Exercising makes me feel better and lets me do want I want to do around the house and garden.  Keep doing them every day!”

“I am 70 years old.  I have had a few health problems and I recently had a bad case of pneumonia.  This was complicated by an infection and I ended up in ICU in a coma for 3 weeks.

When I came out of the coma, I couldn’t walk or even get out of bed by myself.  Gradually through doing exercises and practicing walking, I got stronger and was able to leave hospital and go home.

When I got home I started a simple home exercise program suggested by my physio.  The exercises only take a few minutes to do morning and afternoon.  I am now able to shower myself, make the bed and have started cooking again.  I can walk 100m and can get out to my garden and go shopping. 

I stopped doing my home exercises every day for about a week but I found myself getting worse.  So now I do them every day.“

My advice to others: “A little amount of exercise can make a real difference.  Exercising makes me feel better and lets me do want I want to do around the house and garden.  Keep doing them every day!”

Wendy's story

“I am 69 years old.  I had osteoarthritis in my hip and the pain was starting to prevent me from walking very far.  I had always been very active, and love bushwalking and camping, so I was very frustrated.

My doctor suggested that I have a total hip replacement.  I agreed and this was done 18 months ago.  I then started to exercise, slowly at first, with simple exercises prescribed by a physiotherapist. I then increased the amount of exercise gradually as I was able.  I now go to the gym twice a week, walk every day, do yoga and take a dancing class. The classes are flexible. I can choose to exercise in a group with friends but I can also choose to exercise by myself if I want to.

My hip is much stronger and I have been able to go camping and hiking in the Northern Territory with my husband. Regular exercise makes me feel better both physically and mentally.”

My advice to others: “Don’t let osteoarthritis get in the way of doing the things you love.  Regular exercise can make a big difference to your life.”

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