By Get Active
As you get older, it becomes even more important to remain active if you want to stay healthy, reduce pain and maintain your independence. Being physically active is easier than you think and any type of activity is good for you. The more you do the better, especially if you make activity part of your daily routine.
What is physical activity?
Physical activity is anything that gets your body moving. It can include anything from walking to gardening!
In order to improve your health and fitness, you should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate activity each week. Older adults, especially those with poor mobility, should also perform activities that improve strength, balance and flexibility at least twice a week to reduce the risk of falls. Ideally, you should try to do something every day and break up long periods of sitting down or not moving with some activity.
Light activity includes activities that do not cause you to break a sweat or produce any shortness of breath.
Examples of light activity include:
- Walking at a slow pace
- Getting up and making a cup of tea
- Cleaning and dusting
- Mild stretching
Moderate activity includes activities that cause you to break out in a light to moderate sweat or makes it difficult to carry a long conversation at the same time.
Examples of moderate activity include:
- Brisk walking
- Water aerobics
Intense activity includes activities that make your sweat stream and makes it difficult to carry on a conversation of any length.
Examples of intense activity include:
- Jumping rope
- Singles Tennis
If you are concerned about exercising always consult your GP.
To find activity sessions near you, try a search on the Get Active activity finder