Older adults

Keeping physically active not only improves your health and quality of life it can also help you live longer... What’s even better is that it's never too late to start doing some exercise and staying fit!

How much should I be doing?

If you haven't done any exercise for a while - and it's estimated that four out of 10 people over 50 do little or no exercise - then start gently and build up gradually.

What should I be doing?

Ideally, you should look to vary the activities you do as there are different benefits connected to different forms of exercise:

Endurance

Flexibility & mobility

Strength

Keeping mobile & preventing falls

There's a lot you can do to maintain your mobility and independence as you age and preventing falls is the best option.

Exercise is one of the best preventative methods you can undertake whilst also making you more confident and able to enjoy life!

Useful links

Below you will find links to a variety of local and national initiatives and organisations, all offering useful advice and resources.

 

 

 

Functional Fitness MOT for older people

The Functional Fitness MOT is a person-centred tool that uses a number of different physical function tests to give older adults an idea of how their fitness compares to their peers. 

As you get older, regular physical activity will also help you stay in touch with friends and neighbours, and to get out and about more. If you stay physically active, you are also likely to stay independent longer.

Some of the benefits of keeping active include:

  • a reduced risk of developing a life-threatening disease
  • a greater likelihood of maintaining or reaching a healthy weight
  • a greater sense of well-being
  • improved sleep and increased day-time vitality

Exercise can make you stronger. You will feel more confident and involved in life.
Remember, before beginning a new exercise regime, it's a good idea to talk to your doctor first. Your local doctor is also a good place to start to learn about exercise for your health.

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