Keeping active is important at any age, but regular physical activity over the age of 65 brings its own benefits. This is whether you’ve been active in the past or are just beginning physical activity now.
Health benefits of exercising as you get older
Daily activity reduces your risk of:
Not only that, but exercise can:
give you more energy
reduce your risk of falls
improve your sleep
boost your general mobility
boost your confidence
You should try to achieve the recommended physical activity guidelines. If they sound difficult to achieve, start slowly and you can build up to them.
Think about ways you can build physical activity into your daily routine. If you don't feel you're ready to take up a new sport or exercise, you can start becoming more active in other ways.
walk for short journeys rather than taking the car or public transport
walk around the house when on the phone rather than sitting down
stretch daily to improve your flexibility and balance (this can be done standing up or sitting down) - ask your physiotherapist or staff at your local sports centre what stretches are best for you
contact local community groups in your area who can provide activities like walking, volunteering and socialising with others
gardening, including light digging, carrying, bending and squatting, to work the muscles and increase mobility and flexibility
Physical activity and sport
Better still, think about taking up a regular physical activity. Finding one that works for you is key.
It's worth enquiring at your local sports or community centre about what's available. They may also be able to recommend activities which are suited to your ability. Consider some of the following which may be free:
walking or running - go at your own pace, it's generally a great, inexpensive way of keeping fit