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Easy ways to keep fit for the over 50s

It is well known that exercising regularly is crucial to maintaining health and helping the immune system to fight illnesses. As we get older, it can be tempting to believe that exercise is less important and we no longer need to include it in our everyday life. It is reported that once over the age of 65, you will spend on average 10 hours or more sitting or lying down a day, making them the most inactive age group.

Not only is regular exercise good for your mental health but there is strong evidence that it can also lower the risk of many health issues such as heart disease, stroke, dementia and type 2 diabetes. Now we aren’t insisting that you run and join the gym, but we thought we would share a few simple steps you can take to increase mobility.

Home Exercises

No gym membership needed here! Exercise can start from your very own living room. It is advised that you try and complete at least ten minutes of physical activity a day. The NHS website gives you a number of exercises that can be done from home and for some, you won’t even need to stand up to complete. Look out for our next blog, where we look at various products that can aid you in home exercise.

Walking

The easiest way to get more active on a daily basis is by taking the time out of your day to go for a walk. Worryingly, 41% of people aged between 50 to 60 can’t manage a brisk 10-minute walk. Not only can it help you lose weight and become healthier but the fresh air will aid in improving your mood. Recent research has shown that people who walk on a daily basis burn more energy than those who visit the gym on a weekly basis. If you fancy some company on your walk, most local areas have walking groups which you can join.

Swimming

If you are looking to work the whole body then swimming is a fantastic way to do this. As your body weight is supported by water, you can stay fit without putting a strain on your joints. For those people who never learned how to swim, it is never too late to learn. Most pools cater for all abilities and offer adult lessons. You may even be interested in taking up an aerobics class, which will aid you in strengthening your muscles and improving balance.

Gardening

Yes, that’s right! A task that most of us do on a weekly basis is actually a great way to burn calories fast. Most of us don’t realise that spending 30 minutes digging up weeds is, in fact, burning 250 calories. Gardening is also a great way to relieve stress – studies have shown that looking at plants reduces stress, lowers blood pressure and can relieve tension in muscles.

Tai Chi

If you are looking for a low impact and relaxing way to exercise then Tai Chi is perfect for you. An ancient Chinese form of meditative exercise developed in the 13th-century, Tai Chi now has an incredible following due to its health benefits. It is known to improve strength, balance and flexibility. As you increase in age, you are more prone to falls – studies have shown that Tai Chi caused a 45% reduction in seniors falling.

Here at The Mobility Aids Centre, we have Amilly Fitness on site which offers a number of classes to help you improve your everyday fitness. To find out more and book a class, head to the website – https://bookwhen.com/amilly-fitness

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