Why is exercise more important as you age

As you grow older, an active lifestyle becomes more and more important for your health as we become more at risk for health problems.

Exercise is one of the best ways of making sure your body stays flexible and in good working order. It can also help to boost your energy levels, improve your overall health and protect from symptoms of illness and pain.

Regular exercise is also great for your mental health. No matter what your age, gender or weight, exercising has many benefits. Here are just a few:

  • Maintain or lose weight
  • Reduces the impact of illness
  • Enhances mobility, flexibility and balance
  • Improves sleep
  • Boosts mood and self confidence

What’s the best way to exercise?

Its common to think that exercise has to be a certain way, but any form of physical activity is great for overall health. You don’t need to be a gym member to stay fit.

Travelling by public transport wherever you go can be very common as you age. Unless you are physically unable to walk to nearby locations you would usually ride a bus to can be beneficial for your health. If the weather is nice try going for a stole to your local newsagents instead of using public transport. If walking isn’t your cup of tea, however, there are many other activities you could do. Such as:

  • Swimming –  Swimming is a brilliant way of keeping in shape because it is an incredibly low impact activity. This helps to reduce stress on your bones and joints.  It also helps to exercise every almost every muscle in your body. Most leisure centres run sessions for older people so you won’t have to get in with those energetic children!
  • Gardening –  Most people don’t realise how beneficial gardening is, all the time you spend digging holes for plants or on your hands and knees pulling weeds out of the ground can work up a sweat. The best part about gardening is your ability to work at your own pace. Not only does it help you to stay health, you get a well-kept garden as well!
  • Bowls –  Most towns and cities in the UK have a their own bowls clubs. Joining gives you the opportunity to meet lots of new friends who are also looking to stay healthy. This can also serve as a support network. If you are interested in joining a bowls club, you can find your closest one here.

Mobile solutions

Pocket Physio is an app by Care UK. An easy to use, mobile app for physiotherapy exercises involved in preparation for and recovering from, orthopaedic surgery. But that’s not its only use.

Pocket Physio features advice on walking with a frame or crutches, hip mobility, breathing exercises, managing pain and self-assessment, as well as recommended techniques for dressing, bathing and getting in and out of vehicles. The app provides video and text instructions on pre- and post-operative physio exercises, enabling you to establish a strong exercise whether you’re undergoing surgery or not. You can even plan your own physio exercise regime using the reminder function. Download the app on your phone using the links below:

Apple iOS

Android

With the average population age increasing in the UK, there is a rise in the number of people at risk from health problems as we typically spend less time exercising as we age. The link between physical inactivity and chronic health conditions has been proven so including exercise into your everyday life is vital and can be extremely beneficial.

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