Never too late
For most people, it’s never too late in life to start being more physically active, whether that’s deciding to take the stairs instead of a lift or joining a friend at a local exercise class. It’s important though if you are currently inactive to build up the amount and intensity of the physical activity over time. This gives your body time to adjust in a safe and sensible way. Whilst any amount of activity will be beneficial, some people like to start off with 10-minute bouts of activity and build up from there.
Have a think about how you could build more physical activity into your day – and remember it doesn’t always have to be a planned and structured choice like sports or exercise classes. You could build activity into your day by:
- Walking to and from school with your children or grandchildren.
- Carrying your shopping home.
- Taking the stairs as often as possible.
- Doing some gardening.
- Moving around during advert breaks on TV.
Try this short quiz to help find out what type of activity best suits you.
Whilst all types of physical activity are beneficial, some types offer greater benefits for different things.
For older adults, activities that improve strength, balance and flexibility are really important. These types of activity such as resistance training can help maintain good balance, reduce the risk of falls, boost confidence and protect your mental health.
For good all-round health, try to be physically active every day.
Any activity is better than none, and more is better still.