Adults over 65 should aim to do some sort of exercise every day as it’s important to increase strength, mobility, balance and flexibility. Staying active is the key to keeping healthy, mobile and independent.
As you get older, daily exercise will improve health and reduce the likelihood of heart disease, stroke and reduced mobility. Exercise can also improve the strength and tone of your muscles. This means you’re less likely to have an accident or a fall and hurt yourself.
Regular exercise can also help;
- your ability to continue with everyday activities and be independent
- your brain – how well it works and your memory
- your sense of wellbeing and self-esteem
Types of exercise to help with mobility include;
- Aerobic activity, such as – swimming, walking, jogging, dancing, mowing the lawn
- Strengthening exercise, such as – yoga, pilates, resistance bands, lifting weights, tai chi, carrying heavy shopping bags, gardening; such as digging
A very good test of your mobility is to sit in a chair with your arms folded across your chest. Lean forward and stand up by straightening your knees and without touching the armrests. Sit down again. Repeat this for at least 30 seconds or for as long as you can. Repeats 3 to 5 times a day.
You could be worried that exercise will hurt if you already have poor mobility but the opposite is true. If you keep moving and do some form of exercise, it can help to keep your joints working well and ease any pain.
Remember to stop exercising and seek medical advice straight away if you;
- experience chest pain
- feel lightheaded
- find it hard to breathe
You’re never too old to exercise !