Active Adults

Top Tips

Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson - Paralympic ChampionDame Tanni Grey Thompson

While most people aren’t training to win, everyone needs some sort of motivation to keep going – whether that be keeping up with your training partner, jogging for 30 minutes without stopping or fitting into your old jeans.

Lots of people are intimidated by the idea of sport and exercise, but getting fit doesn’t have to mean slogging it out in the gym in front of a load of 20-something gym bunnies. What works for one might not work for another, and if you really want to stick with it you need to find something you enjoy. Putting on your old trackie bottoms and going for a 20-minute brisk walk with a mate can be just as good, as can hopping on the bike with the rest of the family. While you might not be training at a marathon pace, don’t underestimate the importance of all forms of physical activity on your health and wellbeing.

Nicole CookeNicole Cooke - World Champion Cyclist

Whatever your reason for not getting active, lack of opportunity should not be one of them. In Wales we’re blessed with a bountiful supply of mountains, cycle routes, walking trails, lakes and rivers, so whatever your interest there is sure to be something out there for you – and most of it is completely free.

I always make the most of the outdoors when I’m at home and the variety in the landscape makes a cycle much more of a pleasure than a chore. And the same goes for whatever activity you choose, whether it’s a wander through the Brecon Beacons, a hike in Snowdonia or a cycle along the Taff Trail.

Kelly Morgan – Former Commonwealth Badminton Champion and OlympianKelly Morgan

Whatever you do, do something! It doesn’t have to be running five miles a day or spending hours in the gym. Away from training I make a big effort to be as active as possible in my everyday life because that’s something I can sustain for a lifetime. Walking to the shops, dancing around the house, playing football with the kids or cycling to work are easy activities to fit into your day and can add up to make a big difference.