Staying Active In Old Age

As you get older it can be easy to spend your days watching TV, relaxing and remaining in the house. In fact, many people over the age of 65 spend 10 hours or more sitting or lying down throughout the day. Due to the lack of exercise, this can have a detrimental effect on a person’s health - especially in old age.

Research has shown that more exercise, no matter the amount, can have a positive impact on mental health. Exercise has been proven to help with many mental health conditions such as depression & anxiety. A recent study done by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that running for as little as 15 minutes a day or walking for an hour reduces the risk of major depression by 26%! Below you can find some of the most effective & safe ways to keep active later on in life.

Walking – Although this may seem like an obvious choice, walking is a great way to get the body moving with little risk of pain or injury. You can walk anywhere - around the neighbourhood, a local park or even further afield such as a lake or the beach!

Swimming – An exercise renowned for being great for every muscle in the body. Swimming is proven to be an excellent activity to loosen the muscles and relax whilst improving your physical fitness at the same time. It is also known for improving both balance and flexibility and is therefore a popular choice of exercise for the elderly.

Gardening – All around the world, people enjoy gardening for its therapeutic benefits and the sense of achievement it gives when you see your hard work come to life. For many elderly people this is a very popular activity as it can be done without going far and still remaining in the comforts of their homes.

So, if you have an elderly member of the family who spends most of their day watching TV or remaining indoors, try and ask them to join you for a nice leisurely stroll or a quick dip in the local swimming pool.