With the arrival of the long, bright evenings, we are encouraged to participate in some form of physical activity, whether it is going for a walk, attending to your garden or ballroom dancing.
There is new evidence to suggest that being active reduces the risk of heart attacks, high blood pressure, Type 2 Diabetes, stroke, cancer, osteoporosis and depression.
The other benefits of being physically active are:
Fewer falls, improved memory
Less stress, better sleep quality
Less weight gain, stronger bones
Social aspect, more alert
Better posture and balance
Fewer Aches and pains
What are the guidelines for older people (aged 65+)?
The guidelines for older people are at least 30 minutes a day of moderate activity five days a week.
30 minutes a day can be spread out at intervals e.g. 10 minutes walking in the morning. 20 minutes walking in the afternoon.
What activities can I do?
Walking, Cycling, Pilates, Gardening, Dancing, Water aerobics, Yoga, Swimming, Exercise bike, Golf, Skittles, Kurling.
Other activities such as hovering, cleaning windows, sweeping, mowing the lawn, and shopping are all beneficial.
Tips on how to start exercising
If you have any medical problems or concerns, consult your doctor for advice before starting strenuous exercise.
Start off slowly, build up fitness over time e.g. include easy stretching before walking
Do activities that you enjoy
Join a class in your community, as exercise is more enjoyable within a group
Arrange to meet friends to go walking
So remember “TOO OLD” or “TOO FRAIL” are not reasons to not participate in some form of physical activity.
Remember physical activity helps to keep and maintain your independence as you get older.