You’re only as old as you feel and it’s never too late to try something new – keeping active as you get older can help you stay healthy, energetic and independent!
What are the benefits of keeping active in later life?
Being active can help you build stamina and improve your balance and flexibility, meaning you’ll be less vulnerable to falls and maintain your independence!
You’ll also feel fitter, sleep better, have loads more energy and be able to do the things you’ve always enjoyed, such as playing with the grandchildren, walking to the shops, leisure activities and meeting up with friends.
Not only will keeping active improve your health and wellbeing, but it’s also a great way of meeting new people and catching up with friends.
How active do I need to be?
Adults aged 65 and older, who are generally fit and have no health conditions that limit their mobility, should aim to do at least 150 minutes (2 ½ hours) of moderate activity a week.
This might sound like a lot, but don’t worry! You can break it down into smaller, more manageable chunks. It might be easier to aim for 30 minutes a day, over five days – that’s 150 minutes done and dusted.
You don’t need any expensive kit or fancy trainers, just a willingness to give it a go... So come on ladies, let’s show ‘em how it’s done – you’ll be feeling ten years younger in no time!
What is moderate activity?
Moderate intensity activity is anything that gets your heart rate up, makes you breathe faster and feel warmer. For example:
- Using the stairs
We also offer activities that are specifically designed to be kind to joints and can easily be adapted to suit you. Why not try one of the following:
- Ballroom dancing
- Line dancing
- Cycling (try Wheels for All for specially-adapted bikes)
- Low impact keep fit classes
Don't forget muscle strengthening!
Two days a week, try to do an activity that improves muscle strength, such as:
- Carrying or moving loads such as groceries
- Gardening jobs such as pushing a lawn mower, digging or collecting grass and leaves
- Chair-based exercises
I think I might need a helping hand!
Bury’s Exercise and Therapy Scheme (BEATS) is a free, twelve month exercise programme that advises and supports patients with recurring illness or medical conditions to improve their general health and wellbeing through physical activity.
If you think you’d benefit from a helping hand when it comes to getting more active, speak to your doctor, practice nurse or specialist health care professional who can refer you to BEATS.
Ann, is a 70-year-old grandmother from Whitefield, who doesn’t let age hold her back. She’s a woman on a mission to keep fit and has spent the last two years packing a punch at the ladies only boxing classes in Radcliffe.