Healthy and active ageing

There are many benefits of staying active and healthy as you get older. As we age, it is important that we stay physically active and connected to others. Doing regular physical activity can reduce your risk of falls, build strong bones and muscles, increase independence, boost the immune system, reduce the risk of obesity, and can help delay the onset of dementia. You can also reduce your risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, depression, arthritis, stroke, and some cancers.  

Being active in nature can be a powerful tool when it comes to helping older adults live longer, feel happier, stay socially connected and remain independent.  

Taking part in a walking program has been shown to have long-term positive health outcomes in older adults. Walking is a safe exercise for most people and counts toward your aerobic activity goals while helping to build lower-body strength. Walking in parks where there are a range of surfaces and uneven ground strengthens several muscles in your hips, knees, and ankles that you don’t often use. This in turn supports older adults to improve balance and stability which helps to protect from falls as you age. 

Spending time in nature is a fantastic way to feel connected, whether by meeting new friends or enjoying a walk with long term buddies. Why not visit a park you’ve never been to and spot wildlife on a self-guided or volunteer-led walk? Find a favourite fishing spot or take to the water in a canoe.  

Join our volunteer team and make new friends with similar interests to you or learn something new about Victoria’s Aboriginal or European heritage at one of many historical sites across the state.  

NB: This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Speak to your doctor before starting any new exercise program. 

Things to do for healthy and active ageing

These are some things to do to help you stay healthy and active as you age.
Two women follow the path through scrub up Mt Bogong with mountain views in the distance.

Walking

Whether you’re after a gentle stroll or something long-distance, there are walking trails to suit all levels of fitness and ability.
A mother, father and their two young daughts gaze out at the sea from the lookout point of the lighthouse.

Historic sites

Journey back in time and visit some of the historic buildings of post European settlement in Australia, including huts, mansions and lighthouses.
A couple take a tour of Spermwhale Head with traditional owners from the Gurnaikurnai Land and Water Aboriginal Corporation.

Aboriginal heritage

Learn more about the culture, history and contemporary aspirations of the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of our land.
A father teaches his young daughter to ride a bike in Braeside Park.

Cycling

Cycling is a great way to enjoy the beautiful surroundings in parks. Whether you're looking for a leisurely ride or downhill adrenalin rush, Victoria's parks have something for you.
Two friends fish off the back a boat on a misty morning on Lake Eildon.

Fishing

In quiet lakes and gently flowing rivers, in the pounding surf or in the depths beneath your boat – the waters of Victoria’s parks and reserves offer some prize catches.
Father and son bird watching on boardwalk

Bird watching

From bushland to wetlands and everything in between, parks provide habitat to an abundance of common and rare bird species. Go for a wander and see how many you can spot.
Canoeing

Canoeing and Kayaking

Canoeing and kayaking are great ways to explore beautiful waterways. Enjoy the tranquility and spot wildlife that hikers don’t normally see.
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