Physical activity and exercise

Archive for January, 2012

Physical activity and exercise

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

 

It’s a fact that physical activity and exercise can help you stay healthy, energetic and independent as you get older.

Research shows that adults aged 65 and over spend on average 10 hours or more each day sitting or lying down. This makes them the most sedentary age group.

This inactivity comes at a price. There are now higher rates of heart disease, obesity and falls  and early death compared death compared with the general population.

As you get older, it’s even more important that you remain active if you want to stay healthy and maintain your independence.

If you stop moving, all the things you’ve always enjoyed doing and taken for granted start to become that little bit harder.

You may struggle to pursue simple pleasures, such as playing with the grandchildren, walking to the shops, leisure activities and meeting up with friends.

You might start to get aches and pains that you never had before, and have less energy to go out. You may also be more vulnerable to falling.

This can all lead to being less able to look after yourself and do the things you enjoy.

So our advice to you is to get up and get out!