According to the NHS, many adults over 60 spend ten hours or more on average, sitting or lying down. However, they’re paying a hefty price for such a sedentary lifestyle, with higher rates of falls, obesity, heart disease and early death compared with the general population. The long and the short of it is that that it becomes even more important to remain active in later life if you want to maintain your health and independence.
Gradually, the less active you are, the harder it will become to pursue even the simplest of pleasures, such as playing with your grandchildren, meeting up with family and friends, walking to the shops, and embarking upon leisure activities.
Recent research from the Westmead Institute for Medical Research has shown that older adults who exercise regularly have a reduced risk of developing chronic diseases compared with those who do not exercise. Following 1,500 adults aged over 50 for a ten-year period, it was found that those who engaged in the highest levels of total physical activity were twice as likely to avoid stroke, heart disease, angina, cancer and diabetes, and be in optimal physical and mental shape.
“Essentially we found that older adults who did the most exercise were twice as likely to be disease-free and fully functional,” said Bamini Gopinath, Lead Researcher and Associate Professor at the University of Sydney. “Our study showed that high levels of physical activity increase the likelihood of surviving an extra 10 years free from chronic diseases, mental impairment and disability.”
All of our founding organisations have a strong focus on helping people stay active in old age. FLexercise has a tried and tested all-round fitness formula that improves everyday flexibility, strength, posture and core control, and offers a complete approach to fitness and mobility for people of all ages and abilities. The Keep Fit Association (KFA) is dedicated to the provision of safe and effective exercise, movement, and dance, with a key commitment to helping the over 60s become more energetic, healthier and happier. Medau is participant-centred and always delivered in a non-competitive atmosphere. Medau exercises are based on natural body movements, and designed to build core strength and stamina, and improve balance and coordination without leading to overstrain or exhaustion.