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Are you getting enough exercise?

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Along with eating healthily, getting enough exercise is one of the most important tips anyone can give to help you live a longer, fuller life. Between a balanced diet and regular exercise, you’ve got the perfect recipe to look and feel better, boosting your health in the process.

But keeping fit isn’t just a young person’s game. In 2012, a survey conducted for Age UK found that less than half of over-55s are getting 2.5 hours of exercise per week, even though that’s the recommended amount to stay in good shape. As many as one in eight said they didn’t get any exercise at all.

It’s vital to make sure you get some form of exercise for half an hour, at a time, five days a week - or at least as close as you can manage.

Whether you’ve always been a gym bunny or you just want to give something new a try! Here are just a few of the different activities you could try to keep yourself fit:

  • Yoga

Simple, slow-paced and incredibly relaxing, yoga is a great way to stay supple and flexible while building up valuable muscle strength. Plenty of local fitness centres run yoga classes and many even have special sessions for over-55s, so the chances are you’ll be able to find a way of learning that suits you.

  • Video games

They’re not just for the kids or grandkids- there are a whole range of family-friendly games out there that will get you up from your seat and having fun while getting some valuable exercise. Try one of the sports-themed games available for the Nintendo Wii or XBox Kinect. You never know - it might turn out you really were born to be a skier.

  • Walking

It’s so obvious, but how often to do we look at the car or see the bus coming down the road and think “I’ll save the walk for another day”? Whether you take off into the countryside for a stroll around some idyllic scenery or just have a walk to the shops, walking is one of the best forms of exercise human beings can get.

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