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Why older people should regularly exercise

Exercise is one of the best ways of making sure your body stays flexible, and in good working order. With that in mind, we thought it might be wise to publish a post that highlights some of the activities you might like to get involved with. All of them will get you out of the house and help to keep your body in fighting shape. Of course, you don’t have to select one of the suggestions from our list, but we hope reading through this post will help to inspire you. At the end of the day, you just need to find something you enjoy.

Walking

Older people are given free or cheap bus passes in the UK, and so it can be tempting to travel everywhere using that means of transport. However, unless you have a condition that means otherwise, there is nothing stopping you from taking a stroll from time to time. Wait for a day with nice weather and avoid the bus altogether. If you’re only traveling a couple of miles, you should be able to do that on foot. That will help you guarantee your muscles and joints get some attention.

Swimming

Swimming is a brilliant way of keeping in shape when you’re reaching the twilight of your life because it’s incredibly low impact. It also helps to exercise almost every muscle in your body. Most leisure centres or places with a pool run sessions for older people, and so you won’t have to get in with all those energetic children. Just give your local place a call today and find out when are the most suitable times for you to visit.

Gardening

Everyone wants their garden to look fantastic, right? What most people don’t realise is that gardening can provide some much-needed exercise. All the time you spend digging holes for plants or on your hands and knees pulling weeds out of the ground usually makes you work up a sweat. The best thing about gardening is that you can do everything at your own pace. So, you’re not competing against anyone, and you should never overdo it.

Bowls

Most towns and cities in the UK have a bowls club these days, and so perhaps it might be a good idea to join? Doing so will mean you get to meet lots of new friends who are around the same age and who are also looking to get fit. That should help give you any support you might need.

As we said at the start of this post, you don’t have to use any of the suggestions we’ve made here. They have simply been listed in the hope of pointing you in the right direction. When looking to engage in some exercise, you should aim to do something you find enjoyable.

Thanks for reading. We look forward to seeing you back here soon!

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