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The Importance of Exercise

Being active can play an important part in both positive ageing and reducing frailty, helping to reduce the risk of falls.

Regular exercise can maintain your health, well-being, independence and social participation. As people get older, our muscles deteriorate as a natural part of ageing. Weakened muscles are not as strong to cope with everyday tasks such as getting up from a chair or walking, and our balance can be affected.

Being active throughout life and especially in older age can help to slow down the rate that muscles deteriorate. This can help older people remain active and independent as long as possible and also reduce the risk of falls in later life. Regular exercise is also good for easing the pain and swelling arthritis causes – so is massage.

Before you start

Speak to your doctor first if you are not used to taking physical exercise.


  • Start gently (don’t overdo it)
  • Build up slowly
  • Don’t try to do more than you feel comfortable with

For older people who are reasonably healthy and active or whose function has only slightly declined, lots of different activities can help you to remain strong for as long as possible. Good examples of these activities include walking, nordic walking, bowling, zumba, tai chi plus much more!

After you’ve exercised

Remember to cool down after participating in exercise to avoid muscle strain.

And finally why not sit back, put your feet up and relax with a Recliner Factory riser recliner.

For more information on staying fit and healthy visit www.laterlifetraining.co.uk

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