How you approach physical activity in your sixties and seventies can certainly increase your quality of life in the future.
In a perfect world, you want to remain mobile as much as possible, independent, and active for as long as you can allowing you to do all the things you enjoy.
If you’re recently retired, you may find yourself with plenty more time on your hands, which is a great opportunity to prioritise a healthy lifestyle.
Why being physically active matters at this age
- Regular physical activity will increase your stamina, boost your energy levels, keep your joints flexible, and strengthens muscles. It will also help improve your mood, self-confidence, and sleep quality.
- Staying active and strong now will ensure you can help maintain your independence for longer and might even delay the transition into in home help care. A combination of balance-based and strength activities is also a good way to reduce the risk of falls occurring.
- Exercising on a consistent basis over a lifetime can enable your body to be much younger physically than your actual age.
Tips for moving more
- If you haven’t exercised in some time or if you’re starting a brand new fitness regime, it’s important to start but to start slowly and at a manageable level.
- Whether you’re with a friend, a loved one or with a social group, fitness is always so much more rewarding when there’s a social aspect and will almost certainly keep you coming back time and time again.
- Aquatic classes and swimming are a great, low-impact option to stay fit and active, and can benefit people with joint issues.
- You don’t always have to go to the gym to stay fit and healthy, especially if you’re not fond of it. However, there are plenty of other options available to you such as gardening, walking the dog, kayaking, or bushwalking which are all great ways of getting you to move on a regular basis.
And that’s it! These are just some of the ways on how to stay active in your 60s and 70s.
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