Se­niors get a bit of ex­er­cise

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

SE­NIORS had a chance to ex­er­cise while mak­ing friends at a Peo­ple Who Care event on the South Perth fore­shore.

The Se­niors Com­mu­nity Health Expo and Out­door Fit­ness World Record At­tempt was held on March 10, with a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties and ex­hibitors to check out.

Peo­ple Who Care en­ter­prise man­ager Linda Ross said it was ex­tremely im­por­tant for se­niors to ex­er­cise.

“If you have a part­ner who has passed away, you can be­come quite iso­lated, so ex­er­cise is a chance to stave off de­pres­sion and other is­sues,” she said.

Mrs Ross said the event went well as they had a num­ber of ex­hibitors and gave the com­mu­nity a chance to come to­gether.

“In the past, we have looked at se­niors as older peo­ple, but that’s not al­ways how they feel in­side, they can feel like they are 40 or 60,” she said.

“The event was about in­spir­ing them to be ac­tive and we had events like archery, bas­ket­ball and boot-scoot­ing as well as some sim­ple games.”

Mrs Ross said they had about d466497 110 peo­ple take part in a world record at­tempt for the most peo­ple aged over 60 tak­ing part in a light ex­er­cise ac­tiv­ity for 30 min­utes.

“It was a bit down from last year when we had 148 peo­ple, but the idea was to ex­er­cise and en­joy life,” she said. “It in­volved some light punches and bi­cep curls, noth­ing too stren­u­ous.”

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt

Minette Daw­son takes part.

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