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Seniors encouraged to exercise more, motivation biggest barrier

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Seniors are being encouraged to exercise more after it was found only a third of people over the age of 65 are doing the recommended amount of physical activity.

National Seniors Australia conducted a national survey of 4000 people which found two-thirds of respondents wanted to be more physically active but say there are barriers preventing them.

The biggest barrier to physical activity was a lack of motivation, followed by health issues and mobility.

National Seniors CEO John McCallum tells Deborah Knight seniors should be doing 30 minutes of exercise, five times a week.

“To the point where you’re breathless, when it’s hard to talk.

“We find only a third of people are able to say they do that.”

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Image: Getty/Al Bello 

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