Roadtest: fitness for seniors

Getting your silver fox on and staying fit has never been so convenient, discovers Emma McConnell.


Seniors Fitness Station

Bay Run, Leichhardt

Located alongside the picturesque Iron Cove and sporting the tagline ‘You’re Never Too Old To Play’, this outdoor gym is the perfect addition to complement the existing walking track. The equipment caters for all ages and especially beginners, with clear instructions demonstrating how each machine operates and what muscles groups are targeted. The equipment is designed in a manner that relies upon people using their body weight as the resistance, which obviates the need for complicated machinery. If you love getting plenty of fresh air then this one is for you – particularly before the really chilly winter months set in.


Aqua Aerobics

Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre, Marrickville

If you’re after a fun workout with a difference then try your luck in the pool! The facilities at the Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre are second to none and have been specifically designed to cater for both elderly and less-mobile patrons. With a variety of intensity levels and with classes available almost every day of the week, aqua aerobics can fit into anybody’s schedule. The health benefits are indisputable, particularly for those prone to injury or who wish to incorporate low-impact exercise into their daily regime.


Lawn Bowls

Petersham Bowling Club, Petersham

Lawn bowls is a game of skill and patience which can lead to quite intense competition for the players and high drama for the spectators lucky enough to be on the sideline. And young or old, there’s nothing quite like a game of lawns bowls to spruce up a dull afternoon. The iconic Petersham Bowling Club is the perfect place to have a roll up but be warned, it can get busy so be sure to phone ahead to avoid disappointment. It is a relatively inexpensive way to catch up with your mates, have a few laughs and sink a beer or two!


Tai Chi

Hannaford Community Centre, Rozelle

The slow, controlled movements of Tai Chi promote mindfulness, meditative calm and relaxation all in one. They involve a combination of co-ordinated hand movements and breathing techniques. When practiced regularly these can result in a significant improvement in both your mental and physical wellbeing. Tai Chi is also a great way to meet laidback people and attending a class at the Hannaford Community Centre is free for the first time, with the cost of $10 per class thereafter. However, if Tai Chi isn’t your cup of tea there are plenty of other activities on offer at the Hannaford Centre – check their website for their extensive list of classes.