The problem with growing older, is that we tend to see it as gradual decay of body and faculties, that is inevitable. This, I have recently discovered need not be so. All of us, in later life, can benefit from being more active. A simple change to our lifestyle can make significant change.
The Chief Medical Officer said that older adults who participate in any amount of physical activity gain some health benefits, including maintenance of good physical and cognitive function. Very briefly he suggests that we should be moderately active for around 25 minutes a day. If you already meet this criterion, then try to achieve 15 minutes a day of more vigorous activity. We can also maintain our muscle strength with a couple of periods of activity to help our strength every week.Some exercises to improve balance, and reducing our periods of sedentary activity will also help us.
I have discovered that this process can certainly help me. Some simple changes like walking more, at a faster pace (with my Schnauzer), making sure I stand up more frequently in the evening while watching TV, or completing a puzzle or reading. Climbing the stairs more often every day, and pursuing simple exercises in the house to strengthen legs and arms. I can detect a change in my fitness already after just a couple of weeks.
So I would urge every reader of this post to be Active Every Day, and remember every little helps both mentally and physically