As people are generally living longer, there is increased interest in ways to stay healthy. The good news is that even if you have led a sedentary lifestyle for decades, taking up exercise in middle age or later can reduce the likelihood of becoming seriously ill as you become older.
While factors such as not smoking or drinking to excess are undoubtedly good for successful ageing, being physically active is particularly important. Physical activity can help reduce your risk of developing certain diseases and disabilities and it can be effective in helping some chronic conditions. Studies have shown people with diabetes, arthritis and heart disease can benefit from regular exercise. It can also be helpful for people who have difficulty walking, problems with their balance or high blood pressure.
The great thing is that it is often easy to incorporate more physical activity into your day and you don’t need special equipment or a fancy gym membership. Just taking the stairs, having a brisk walk or even doing some gardening will all help keep you active. The trick is to find something you enjoy doing and if you currently have a sedentary lifestyle to gradually increase your activity levels.