Exercise & fitness

Music really does help you exercise for longer

Listening to music while exercising really does boost your endurance, a new study has shown.

People who listened to upbeat music through headphones could run for nearly a minute longer during a tough stress test on a treadmill, according to researchers from Texas Tech University in the United States.

They found music acted as a powerful motivator – improving mood and triggering feel-good and energy-boosting chemicals in the brain.

Let's get physical for healthy ageing

New Turnbull Government-funded research has highlighted the crucial role of structured physical exercise and building strength in improving the health, independence and quality of life of senior Australians.

Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt AM said this week that the two-year, $1.4 million Muscling Up Against Disability study had yielded impressive results from progressive resistance plus balance training (PRBT).

“The benefits were often life-changing and for some participants, were seemingly miraculous,” Minister Wyatt said.

Gym workouts could help head off dementia

Early results from a new Australian study shows people in their 60s and early 70s could lower their risk of dementia if they went to the gym to retain muscle mass.

Australian National University’s Dr Marnie Shaw said about one in 10 Australians aged 65 years and older will get dementia.

“As our population ages, the number of people with dementia will increase, but an active lifestyle offers real opportunities for reducing dementia risk,” Dr Shaw said.

Walking could help prevent heart disease

Nine out of 10 Australians could cut their risk of heart disease simply by walking as little as 15 minutes more each day, a new report has found.

The Heart Foundation said a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) estimated that if the 89 per cent of people who did little or no exercise added 15 minutes of moderate activity such as brisk walking five days per week, they could avoid 13 per cent of their potential disease burden.

'Pet sitting' could put money in your pocket

If you would like your ‘fur baby’ to receive in-home care while you are away on holidays – or would like to make some extra cash yourself - help may be only a few clicks away.

Petcloud is like Airbnb for pets, connecting owners and sitters around Australia.

Pet sitters can set their own rates of pay, but prices start at $25 for a sitter to come to the pet owner’s home for care for the pet for a day, or $50 to care for the pet in their own home overnight.

Staying active and engaged the keys to healthy ageing

Sunday, 1 October, is the International Day of Older Persons, which seeks to strengthen their participation in social, cultural, economic, civic and political life.

This year’s theme is: Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society.

It is about enabling and expanding the contributions of older people in their families, communities and societies in events and activities throughout Australia.

Lycra wearing allowed

Middle-aged men lampooned for wearing lycra while exercising can take heart – academics applaud your efforts to stay fit and healthy in the lead-up to retirement.

Professor Julie Pasco and Michael Berk of Victoria’s Deakin University say ‘pretirees’ are approaching a crucial time that could lead to either healthy ageing or chronic disease threats.

They believe targeted health promotions could help improve their quality of life and reduce the financial toll on health, disability and social services budgets.

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