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Health & fitness – you’re in good hands.

Health assessments help you to achieve the health & fitness results that you seek. These health assessments may include measurement of cardiovascular fitness, body composition, flexibility, and strength. Our professional practitioners can conduct these assessments by appointment.

Should you wish to come and try any of our classes conducted at our Salisbury Plain clinic, please let us know it is your first visit. Particular care is taken to show you the facilities in our gymnasium and ensure you are using the equipment correctly and safely.

Strength For Life 50+

Northcare Physio Salisbury is a Tier 1 provider of COTA SA Strength For Life program over over-50s.

The Strength for Life program promotes health and well-being amongst people over 50, and 40 for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders, through strength training programs run by accredited fitness providers.
The program encourages older South Australians to attend strength training sessions by promoting the benefits  of strength training.

What does Strength for Life offer you?

Fitness providers must be accredited by COTA SA in order to run the program.

Participants have access to:

  • Supervised, progressive strength training sessions at least twice a week at an allocated time. View our Health & Fitness class timetable.
  • At least one suitably qualified fitness instructor to oversee the session.
  • Assessments for all clients by an appropriate fitness professional and a personalised program.
  • Low costs: maximum charge of
    • $7 per session or an equivalent monthly or weekly fee
    • $55 for assessment and fitness testing with exercise physiologist or physiotherapist (Tier 1)
  • An accessible and safe environment for people 50 years and over
  • Opportunities for participants to socialise before and after the exercise session.

About strength training

Participants in the Strength for Life program engage in strength and balance training, progressed regularly under the supervision of fitness professionals.

  • Muscle strength can be regained and maintained no matter what the age and physical condition of the participant.
  • Supervised strength training is not a high risk activity for over-50s.
  • Fitness facilities are not just suitable for ‘young people’.

Benefits of strength training

Research has shown that strength training can alleviate the effects of chronic conditions such as Arthritis, Type 2 Diabetes, Osteoporosis and Heart Disease.

Strength training has also been shown to:

  • improve balance and reduce risk of falling
  • enhance mental wellbeing
  • improve body composition (more muscle, less fat)
  • raise self-esteem and self-confidence
  • reduce lower back pain
  • enhance older people’s ability to undertake activities of daily living and maintain an independent lifestyle