Fitter For Life Workout

Find a gymnastics centre near you to get Fitter for Life

TAILORED fitness sessions for older Australians is being offered by Gymnastics Australia and delivered at clubs and in Aged Care venues.

Fitter for Life (FFL), which has received funding from Sport Australia's Better Ageing program, is a program designed to improve an older person's mobility, strength and coodination in a social and fun environment.

Seniors can attend their local gymnastics club or club coaches can come to Aged Care venues for the FFL sessions.

It's currently being offered in NSW, Queensland and Victoria, and will expand to other states during 2019.

Brooke Irvine, Gymnastics Australia's General Manager Participation and Club Servies said individuals are assessed by a coach who will work out tailored exercises.

Gymnastics Australia's tailored Fitter for Life program is currently being offered in NSW, Queensland and Victoria, and will expand to other states during 2019.
Gymnastics Australia's tailored Fitter for Life program is currently being offered in NSW, Queensland and Victoria, and will expand to other states during 2019. Gymnastics Australia

From there, Seniors participate in group sessions plus break-off sessions for individual activities. "They work on common activities such as walking up and down stairs, hanging out the washing, bending down, reaching up into cupboards - all of the activities are built around daily routine," Ms Irvine said.

If you aren't sure, Come 'N Try days are offered by several gym clubs.

The advantage of the gym clubs are their soft surfaces and supportive environment. FFL participants also get to use some of the club equipment for fundamental movement skills.

"For balance we may use the beam which is at a low level on the floor," Ms Irvine said. "We may use the strips of matting which are on the floor to work on balance, and hand-eye coordination. It's not about the flips and the equipment per se."

There is a subsidised cost to participate and it varies among the States.

To find a club near you that is offering FFL, go to fitterforlife.org.au or talk to the State coordinator - QLD Katie Stewart on (07) 3036 5614, NSW Natalie Jacques on (02) 9763 5011 or VIC April Wilson on (03) 9005 4700.