Advice from Dr Liz Robin, Director of Public Health at Peterborough City Council
“It’s never too early or too late to take steps to ensure that you remain fit and independent for as long as possible. A combination of strengthening exercises at least twice a week and 150 minutes of aerobic exercise is best to build, or maintain fitness. (Find out more about exercising - www.nhs.uk.)
Doing the right type of strengthening exercises is important.
For older people, ‘strength and balance exercises’, which strengthen the muscles in the legs and improve balance and co-ordination, have been specifically proven to help people stay strong and steady. (Information on exercises to prevent falls.)
Other activities known to help build and maintain strength are resistance training, ball games, racket sports, dance and Nordic walking. Tai Chi, Yoga and cycling are good for balance as well as bones and muscles. (New report: how people can age better by doing the right workouts.)
Strength and balance exercises can keep you stronger for longer
We all want to continue to share our lives with loved ones as we get older, such as playing with grandchildren and socialising with friends. Simple strength and balance exercises twice a week are a proven way to keep you stronger for longer, independent and enjoying the great things in life, whether by joining a class or doing it yourself at home.
For more information on classes and activities in your area, visit the Healthy Peterborough website.