Simple trick to make you want to exercise

Over60 native article for Nature’s Own

Did you know that being physically active can actually give you a greater sense of purpose in life? That’s what a recent report, published in the Journal of Health Psychology, found. Unfortunately, many of us are still missing out on the countless benefits of regular physical activity.

And while we all know exercise is good for us, let’s face it – finding the motivation can be a real struggle. Beach holidays and weddings might be enough to encourage us to hit the treadmill in an effort to shift a few kilos and look our best, but unfortunately, these bursts of inspiration tend to be rather short-lived. So, how do you find motivation and make it stick?

The answer is simple – find something you love. You’re not alone if you tend to associate the word “exercise” with physically draining (and, for some people, downright unappealing) activities like running and weightlifting. However, exercise can be whatever you make it, and if you find something you enjoy doing, you won’t even need to “trick” yourself into doing it.

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Number one reason your health deteriorates as you age

Over60 native article for Nature’s Own

They say with age comes wisdom, happiness and experience, but unfortunately, that’s not all it brings. Our health naturally declines as we get older for the simple fact that our immune systems aren’t as strong and we’re more prone to age-related diseases. However, while we can blame some health issues on our age, it’s time to accept some of the responsibility, and surprisingly, a lack of regular exercise is the main reason our health deteriorates with time.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, just a quarter of adults over the age of 65 get their recommended minimum of 30 minutes of exercise each day. Furthermore, just one in ten of us are doing enough to gain any benefit to our cardiovascular health. This is particularly bad news for ageing Australians, as there are numerous health issues contributed to by inactivity, such as:

  • Reduced muscle mass and bone strength
  • Lower coordination and balance
  • Less flexibility and mobility
  • Higher risk of mental health problems (e.g. depression, anxiety)
  • Higher risk of obesity, heart disease and stroke

While exercise is undoubtedly essential for all ages, it should be a priority for over-60s in order to maintain independence in old age, reduce the risk of disease and improve recovery time should we find ourselves sick or injured. Thankfully, it’s never too late to kick yourself into gear.

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5 of the best free events at the Victorian Seniors Festival

Over60 native article for Victorian Seniors Festival

One of Australia’s biggest festivals for over-60s, the Victorian Seniors Festival, is back for its 34th year, and it’s bigger and better than ever. Throughout the month of October, over 1,500 events will take place across Victoria in celebration of the wonderful contributions older Victorians make to the community. Victorian Seniors Card holders will also be treated to eight days of free public transport between October 2 and 9, so you can get out and explore all that this great festival has to offer without worrying about your wallet.

Here are five fantastic events you simply can’t miss. The best bit? They’re all free.

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Noni Hazlehurst interview

In 2016, off the back of her incredible Logies Hall of Fame speech, I was lucky enough to chat with beloved Aussie actress Noni Hazlehurst about all things ageing, A Place to Call Home and her stellar career.

Australian television legend Noni Hazlehurst has been a fixture on our screens for over 40 years, and she’s set to return with season four of Foxtel’s popular period drama A Place to Call Home. Over60 spoke to Noni about what’s next for her character, Elizabeth Bligh, her future career plans, and that incredible speech at this year’s Logie Awards.

You gave a very powerful speech at this year’s Logie Awards, and it’s quite sad that you’re only the second woman to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. In your speech you called it a “reflection of the prevailing zeitgeist.” How do you think that zeitgeist is changing in terms of gender equality, cultural diversity?

Oh, I just don’t think it should even be a thing. Marriage equality, any kind of equality, it’s just like, why is it not there? And I think the backlash now of people digging their heels in and saying “no, we don’t want change, it’s going to ruin everything,” I just think, what are you so afraid of? What are we afraid of that we think somehow our lives are going to be compromised if other people have equality? I just don’t get that.

I’m very much in favour of putting out the message that, as human beings, we share more similarities than differences. We’re just people, struggling with our day-to-day existence on some level or other. It doesn’t matter if you’re female, black, white, brindle, old, young, you know. We need to look after each other a bit better.

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The secret behind these comfortable undies

Over60 native article for Depend

Finding a good pair of underpants isn’t easy. Keeping a good pair of undies can be almost impossible if, like one in five Australians, you suffer from incontinence. We get it, no one wants to talk about that stuff, but the fact is that for many people bladder weakness is just another part of getting older. And while it might not be the most-welcome side effect of ageing, it doesn’t have to stop you from missing out on getting the most out of each day.

It’s a widely accepted idea that it’s good for your wellbeing – and fulfilment in life – to embrace all that comes with ageing. But this is easier said than done. From time to time, we all need a “secret weapon” of sorts to help us through. Step in Depend®. They have developed what we think is the most comfortable pair of undies for people affected by incontinence – Depend® Real Fit.

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Research suggests new findings to relieve gout

Over60 NZ native article for Abeeco

Les Murdoch of Rotorua knows first-hand the effectiveness of natural remedies for treating gout.

“I have suffered with pain for years, at least 10 years and I could get no relief at all. I went to the Doctors, to no avail and even tried acupuncture.

Turning to a concentrated cherry extract proved to be the answer to his problems. “I have renewed quality of life, am more mobile and the pain has subsided,” Murdoch says.

Throughout history, gout was known as the “disease of kings”, common among those who could afford lavish feasts and bottomless bottles of wine.

Today, however, it doesn’t discriminate. Murdoch is not alone – in fact, gout affects 110,000 people in New Zealand, making us the “gout capital of the world”, according to Associate Professor Dr Nicola Dalbeth of the University of Auckland, with NZ studies suggesting this number will double every decade.

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20 things you should never travel without

Over60 native article for Depend

Travelling is one of life’s greatest joys, but packing? Well, packing can be a downright pain in the neck. We all worry we’re packing too much or too little, or if we’re packing the right things at all.

To help, we’ve put together this list of travel essentials to ensure your next trip is a safe and memorable one. With help from you, the Over60 community, we’ve put together your definitive packing list to help you stay comfortable while on holiday and give you peace of mind in case of an emergency.

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Interview with Downton Abbey star Phyllis Logan

In my first interview for Over60, I sat down with Downton Abbey star Phyllis Logan (Mrs Hughes) to discuss what it was like wrapping up the immensely popular show and what the future may hold for its beloved characters.

It was only a week ago that Australia said goodbye to the hit British drama Downton Abbey, but one of the show’s stars has hinted that we haven’t seen the last of the Crawleys and the Downton staff. We sat down for a chat with Phyllis Logan, who played beloved housekeeper Mrs Hughes.

The relationship between Mrs Hughes and Carson was a focal point in the final two seasons. Were you surprised that the relationship was such a hit with fans?

I suppose I was, Jim [Carter, who plays Carson] said everyone kept asking, “When are you and Mrs Hughes going to get together?” I was like, “get together? That’s how you talk about the youngsters of the show, not two old fuddy-duddies like us,” but it’s amazing how people seemed to be drawn to wanting them to develop a relationship. I mean, they had a very nice relationship as it was, they had great mutual respect.

Did you see the relationship coming at all?

Not really, I thought “nobody’s interested in post-middle-aged love”, but obviously they are, so it’s quite encouraging.

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