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 often confuse lack of fitness for the signs of ‘getting on’ and enter an activity slowdown. It might seem like the natural thing to do, but putting your feet up in later life puts you on the slippery slope to dependency and ill health.
Studies consistently show that regular exercise can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, decrease the risk of heart attack and stroke, lower the risk of obesity and diabetes, lower the risk of certain types of cancer, reduce the risk of osteoporosis and boost the immune system.
As we grow older, our chances of developing heart disease increase. Even if you have already had a heart attack, a programme of physical activity reduces the risk of having another attack.