Getting Active Outdoors: Tips For Men

Getting Active Outdoors: Tips For Men

Getting Active Outdoors: Tips For Men

Are you a male aged over 50? Yes, then read on…

Community organisations offering programs for older adults throughout the Queensland want YOU to participate in countless activities enjoyed by an increasing number of females.

More women than men participate in recreational programs, according to recreational providers. All would welcome more male company in their programs.

In 1998, only 30% of participants in the Brisbane City Council’s Growing Old and Living Dangerously (GOLD!) program were men.

Statistics show that more women than men in Australia are over 50 years of age (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 1996). There must be many men in this age group who are missing out on the programs that are on offer.

Some ways to get involved in physical activity and recreation programs include:

  • Choose an activity that appeals to you;
  • Seek out other men participating in the activity and use a buddy system to become involved yourself or introduce new male participants;
  • Seek out activities you would enjoy organizing, that could benefit from your encouragement and assistance;
  • Consider the health benefits of becoming more physically active, as well as the social advantages;
  • Offer to help out with practical activities such as gardening and maintenance projects as a way to link your interests and skills with existing recreational organisations or programs; or
  • Find out the sort of activities available by visiting service clubs and men’s groups.
  • Choose an activity that appeals to you;
  • Seek out other men participating in the activity and use a buddy system to become involved yourself or introduce new male participants;
  • Seek out activities you would enjoy organizing, that could benefit from your encouragement and assistance;
  • Consider the health benefits of becoming more physically active, as well as the social advantages;
  • Offer to help out with practical activities such as gardening and maintenance projects as a way to link your interests and skills with existing recreational organisations or programs; or
  • Find out the sort of activities available by visiting service clubs and men’s groups.