[ April 14, 2014 ]
According to recent reports, adults aged 65 or older spend an average of 10 or more hours a day sitting or lying down, therefore making them the most sedentary of all age categories.
Although it may not be apparent to some, the amount of inactivity is having a poor effect on the elder generation’s health. Recent reports have shown an increase in falls, heart disease, strokes and even obesity than compared with lower age groups.
Activity and exercise is an important aspect within any age group, however it becomes even more vital as you get older. Remaining active and carrying out exercise helps manage health more effectively, as well as maintaining independence. We understand that it’s not always possible to take up exercise and other various activities as you get older. Sometimes your mobility just isn’t what it used to be, and things you were able to do once you now take for granted, which is why it’s becoming more important than ever to try and keep fit, healthy and active as much as you possibly can. It’s no secret that exercise helps increase and maintain manoeuvrability. It can also help decrease aches and pains, and provide people with more energy to carry out other various activities, such as visiting friends or taking up a new hobby.
Physical activity involves anything that gets you up and about. You don’t have to take up an extreme sport such as cliff diving to take part in physical activity. It can be anything from taking a short walk, or even doing a few quick and effective exercise techniques in the comfort of your own home. Anything to help ensure that you don’t spend your whole day sitting or lying down. The more exercise you carry out, the more effective the results will be. If you find that you sometimes struggle to carry out long periods of light exercise, don’t get disheartened, just do what you can, and remember that a little bit of exercise is better than none.