MY BONES ARE TOO BIG FOR MY SKIN!

EXCUSE 1 - I DON’T HAVE THE TIME TO EXERCISE

This if by far one of the most common excuses used! People that use this excuse are actually saying that exercise is not enough of a priority to make it on their weekly to-do list. If you fall into this category, then it's time to review your daily priority list. Certainly there is something less important that you are doing for 30 minutes every day that can be replaced with exercise!

So choose activities that are fun and that you want to do, not those that you think you must do!

EXCUSE 2 – I’M YOUNG AND I’M HEALTHY

In general, adults in the early stages of life have plenty of stamina and the body is fairly resilient to the various rigors it may be put through. Eating poorly, keeping late hours at work or out on the town, and not exercising regularly don't seem to take their toll – well, nothing that a good old fashioned hangover remedy or a dose of ibuprofen can’t cure!

However, what you do to your body today will definitely have an impact on you in later life. Now is the time to start laying the groundwork for the future by establishing healthy lifestyle habits!

Life transitions like moving away from home, starting a new job, making new friends and business alliances, menopause or trying to meet the demands of marriage and parenthood can trigger anxiety and depression.

And physical exercise has several benefits which are not necessarily linked to the more obvious advantages such as keeping fit and weight loss. There is strong evidence to suggest that exercise can help a range of mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, negative moods and low self-esteem.

Whatever stage of life you’re at regular exercise is an effective medication and can lead to a boost in confidence as well as providing a healthy social life.

EXCUSE 3 –I’M TOO OLD TO START.

It may sound cliché, but you are never too old to get started. In fact, the new breeds of ‘nifty fifties’ and GO-AP’s sweeping the nation are accentuating the fact that getting up and active in later life has never been so popular!

Whether it be sidling up the golfing fairways or slicing through the waters of the local swimming pools, people over the age of 50 up and down the country are reaping the mental, physical and social benefits that physical activity can bring.

Experts say the older body performs far more efficiently when you exercise. While rest and relaxation is important, it is vital that you fit in regular activity to stay active, healthy and independent in later life. After all, there’s no point living to a ripe old age if you’re not in tip-top mental and physical health!

People who prefer an individual sport can take up exercise such as walking or swimming. The Welsh Assembly Government’s Free Swimming initiative has ensured that swimming sessions to over 60’s at local authorities are free all year round. But if you prefer company, there are a number of clubs and classes across Wales which will cater for your needs. Leisure centres are targeting more activities towards the older generation with classes specifically for the over 50’s.