Health improves with physical activity
If you’re 65 years or older there is a very important question you should be asking yourself: “Am I getting enough exercise?”
Enough means at least two-and-a-half hours of aerobic activity every week, spread out over periods of 10 minutes or more. Muscle strengthening exercises are also recommended for a more complete workout, one that will help seniors maintain physical autonomy for long as possible.
Varying the type of exercise and doing some on a daily basis will help you gradually build up to the recommended 150 minutes of aerobic activity. A walk one day, a dance class another, and you’ll soon reach your target.
The aim is to exercise every chance you get. Use your bike to go to the shopping centre, take the stairs rather than use the elevator,
as and get off the bus or stop your taxi a few streets before your destination. Start slowly then listen to your body as you gradually increase the intensity of the exercise.
Adding a social element to your physical activity will increase your enjoyment and help you stay motivated. Join a walking club, register for some group classes given locally, or go for walks with friends or family members.
If you suffer from health problems, be sure to consult your doctor before establishing a personalized workout routine.