Live Well Suffolk are reminding the county’s residents that age does not need to be a barrier to keeping fit and remaining physically active.
The healthy lifestyles service has spoken out to encourage those over the age of 65 to get more active as part of their latest campaign, ‘Get Up & Get Moving’.
Regular exercise at an older age has been proven to reduce the risks of serious conditions such as heart disease, strokes or certain cancers.
It can also strengthen muscles and bones, preventing the likelihood of falls in later life.
Steven Lee-Foster, director of Live Well Suffolk said: “We want to remind people that it is important to remain as active as possible whatever their age in order to maintain their overall health and independence.
“We know that fitness levels will change as you get older - some people will still be able to go for a run whilst others will find it hard to simply get up from a chair without help.”
He continued: “We want people to understand that any form of exercise will be beneficial for your health, whether it is going for a walk, doing some gardening or even doing some simple chair-based stretches.
“Remaining active in later life is one of the best things you can do for your health and we would encourage anyone to make an effort to incorporate more activity into your daily routines.”
Live Well Suffolk recommends the following top tips to help older people remain active:
- Speak to your doctor before undertaking a new exercise routine. They will be able to give you advice and guidance suitable to your individual needs.
- Take your time and build up your new exercise routine gradually.
- Many local gyms and sports clubs have dedicated classes which will be suitable to meet your pace – working with a group may keep you motivated.
- Listen to your body and exercise safely – if you feel discomfort, stop and rest, and speak to your doctor if necessary.
- Remember to remain hydrated – drink plenty of water when undertaking exercise.
Extra information has been added onto the Live Well Suffolk website to support older people looking for information on the benefits of exercise in later life.
Alongside motivational videos and tips, there is also a downloadable exercise diary to help people track how much exercise they incorporate into their day-to-day routines.
For more information about exercise in later life, please see www.livewellsuffolk.org.uk/getmoving.
Alternatively phone 01473 229292.