April 13, 2017

Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD) is encouraging older adults to keep active this winter in the battle to reduce the impact from seasonal influenza.

NSLHD provides the Healthy Lifestyle program, a large network of exercise classes designed for older adults to safely increase their physical activity. The program is a valuable resource for the local community to fight the impact of flu.

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​NSLHD Health Promotion director Paul Klarenaar said receiving the seasonal flu shot and keeping active are the best way for older adults to stay on their feet as we enter the cooler months.

Mr Klarenaar said even a small amount of extra physical activity leads to a big improvement in how well our immune system works.

"This becomes especially important as we get older," he said.

"The classes we provide are structured to make sure that you don’t just feel energised afterwards, but your muscles and bones get stronger as well."

Thousands of people are now taking part in local groups each week to stay healthy with age.

Mr Klarenaar said classes were run in line with school terms, with registrations now open for Term Two which begins on April 24. The cost for most courses is $110, per term, with a concession rate of $88 available for eligible card holders.

Classes include:

  • Hornsby: Warm water exercise at the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital Pool on 7.15pm on Wednesdays and 12.35pm on Thursdays
  • Mona Vale: Warm water exercise (medium pace) at Mona Vale Hospital hydro pool at 5.30pm on Wednesdays
  • Willoughby: Gentle exercise easy pace at Willoughby Bowling Club at 9.10am on Wednesdays
  • Mosman: Gentle exercise easy pace at Mosman Seniors at 10.20am on Thursdays
  • Ryde: Warm water exercise at Royal Rehab at 3.30pm on Thursdays and 8.45am on Saturdays

"I encourage anyone who wants to lift their mood as the days get shorter and meet some new people to register for a class," Mr Klarenaar said.

The Healthy Lifestyle Program provides more than 200 weekly classes – including tai chi, strength training, yoga, zumba and tap dancing - across the Northern Sydney region. For more information or to register visit Healthy Lifestyle at www.nshealthpromotion.com.au or phone 8877 5300.