Physical activity is important for everyone. Regardless of your age, size or current fitness levels, it is important to be active. Though as you grow older, certain conditions may start to develop and by keeping active, these issues can be delayed with physical activity.
Research shows that it’s never too late to start getting active and that those who start and maintain a healthier lifestyle, will be able to reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke to a similar level as young people who are active.
By being inactive as you get older, you will be more vulnerable to developing issues that may stop you, being you. Activities as simple as playing with your grandchildren or meeting up with friends may become a task you don’t feel capable of. This is why it is important to keep active, and engage in physical activity to keep yourself at the best you can be.
Many adults over 65 are the most sedentary age group and are paying a strong price for that inactivity with higher rates of falls, heart disease and obesity than the general population. So if you are growing older now, or have someone you know who is, be sure to keep active, and that doesn’t always mean exercise how you think it may be.
Engaging in physical activity means anything to get your body moving. From walking to gardening to a session of Tennis.
It’s advised that 150 minutes of moderate activity (examples above) should be done each week, and doing them in 10minute spurts. This will help you stay interested, not do yourself any harm, and to achieve the best results you can.
One way of achieving this goal is to spread it out across five 30minute sessions. That doesn’t go to say that these are the only times you should get out during the week. Making sure you’re keeping yourself busy to break up the sedentary time is important too. Learn new recipes, go shopping, or have a good clean of the house to keep active.
If you’re unsure on what activity to do other than the ones above, then check out the video below. It will give you some ideas on what you can do, standing up or sitting down, depending on your mobility levels.
By taking all of this on board you will get yourself on track to be #HeartSmart and make your life a lot better.