It’s really important to exercise and stay physically active as we get older, and we look at many of the benefits of doing so in the Health and Wellbeing section of this website. But remember, exercise not only helps to keep you physically healthy, it also helps to reduce your risk of falls and keeps you mentally on the ball as well.
Being physically active and exercising regularly will help you enjoy life more and stay independent and healthy. And you don’t have to rush out to join your local gym – although that’s a great idea too – things like gardening, walking and dancing count too.
Government guidelines suggest we should all try to do at least 150 minutes of ‘moderate’ aerobic activity every week (think cycling, walking or dancing energetically enough to raise your heart rate, breathe faster than normal and feel warm), or 75 minutes of ‘intense’ aerobic activity (that means getting really hot and sweaty!), plus strength exercises on two or more days a week to work our major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms).
But, of course, everything counts as long a you get off the couch and go for it!