Good range of ex­er­cis­ing op­tions

As you start to get on in years it is im­por­tant to try and main­tain your own in­ter­ests, so­cial life and fit­ness level to a cer­tain de­gree.

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When it comes to ex­er­cise it can some­times be dif­fi­cult to find some­thing suit­able but there are a good range of op­tions avail­able. One of the more sim­pler choices for this time of the year is to phone a friend to go walk­ing with. And with the fab­u­lous frosty morn­ings, re­sult­ing in pic­ture per­fect days, there is plenty of op­por­tu­nity to do so. If you are a lit­tle gym shy, it might be a good idea to in­vest in a piece of car­dio­vas­cu­lar equip­ment for your own home. Put it in front of the tele­vi­sion, tune into your favourite pro­gramme and be­fore you know it, you’ll be so ab­sorbed in what you are watch­ing, you won’t even re­alise you have been strolling along for half an hour or more. Fit­ness DVDs are an­other great way of ex­er­cis­ing, whether it be pi­lates, yoga or aer­o­bics. If you have the self-dis­ci­pline to fol­low them they pro­vide a good work out and are struc­tured from be­gin­ners to ad­vanced, en­sur­ing they are suit­ably tai­lored to your par­tic­u­lar needs. Low im­pact ex­er­cise is par­tic­u­larly use­ful and swim­ming and cycling are two that fall into this cat­e­gory. Swim­ming is great for those with painful arthritic joints and cou­pled with a lit­tle aqua-jog­ging is a fab­u­lous way to tone-up. And for those wish­ing to keep their minds ac­tive and and their days full, why not join a club, such as lawn bowls, cro­quet or per­haps golf. Other pos­si­bil­i­ties for peo­ple keener on in­door pur­suits are bridge and in­door bowls. Hand crafts like knit­ting, cro­chet, wood­work and needle­work are also a great way to keep busy, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing the cooler months.

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