Healthy Living NT

Active Ageing

Physical Activity Guidelines

The National Physical Activity Guidelines for older people aged 65 years and beyond are:

  • To do some form of physical activity, no matter what their age, weight, health problems or abilities
  • To be active every day in as many ways as possible, doing a range of physical activities that include fitness, strength, balance and flexibility.
  • To accumulate at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity on most, preferably all, days.
  • Start at a level that is easily manageable and gradually build up the recommended amount, type and frequency of activity.

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Nutrition Guidelines

As we get our food intake should reduce to match our reduced level of activity. However, we still need to maintain our level of nutrition. This means that we must make smarter food choices.

  • Follow the recommended number of serves from the five food groups and avoid extra serves and discretionary foods and drinks.
  • If nuts, grains and hard fruits and vegetables are a problem for your teeth, go for milled wholegrains, soft cooked and canned fruits and vegetables and nut pastes.
  • Limit intake of foods and drinks containing fat, added salt, added sugars and alcohol. Older people are more likely to be living with a chronic disease and part of their self management might involve careful attention to choosing foods.
  • Older people can also find that they need to eat more high fibre foods and to drink more water to avoid constipation as bowels tend to slow down with age.
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Stretching Guide 2017

Programmes Available:

Seniors Steady Steps Programme (upcoming)

Currently, Healthy Living NT conducts basic strengthening exercises for our senior clients with cardiac problems. We are looking at expanding this in the form of a ‘falls prevention’ programme to educate seniors from the general public. 

We will provide practical information and application of the methodology on how to minimize the risk of falls, and the subsequent poor health of our ageing population as a result of poor mobility, reduced independence, loss of functional strength and increased morbidity.

For more information, please contact our Health Promotion Manager, Navin Chandra at or call us at 08 8927 8488.


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