Exercise for the over 50s

The pressures of work and family life can easily get in the way of an exercise routine. However no matter what age you are, it's a good idea to invest some time and effort in caring for your body. Read on for our guide to exercise for the over 50s...

Exercise for the over 50s

If you think that the benefits of sport and exercise are just for young people, think again! The rewards of keeping fit in middle age and later life can be enormous, both physically and mentally.

Activity levels tend to decline as we get older, and statistics suggest that less than half of those over the age of 50 take regular exercise.

However regular activity is crucial throughout your life, as it can help to prevent diabetes and coronary heart disease, and help you to maintain your mobility and independence.

Exercise can also help to get you out of the house and meet new people.

The benefits of exercise for those aged 50 and over are the same as the benefits to those under 50, but some aspects of these become more important as you age. Exercise can, for example, help you to maintain a stable weight, lower your blood pressure, enable you to sleep better at night and give you better energy levels.

Strong muscles, joints and bones are all gained through regular exercise - and this is especially significant for anyone over the age of 50 as it can help you to maintain your mobility and balance.

Best types of exercise for the over 50s

If you had a favourite sport when you were younger, there's no reason to give it up in later life. Many people in their 60s and 70s enjoy football, tennis and even boxing! That said, some of the most popular forms of exercise for those over 50 are walking, yoga, pilates, cycling and swimming.

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