It’s never too late to get into exercise and the results can be rewarding, enjoyable, and less frightening than you might think.
In fact, exercising in later life can actually make the body feel and behave like it is much younger, as this video from the BBC explains.
But with that in mind, what are the best and most gentle ways of taking up exercise as you age?
Start off light with walking more (and faster)
Although it’s certainly true that it’s never too late to enjoy exercise, you might have to overcome more obstacles as you get older.
At the same time, however, you can begin with small changes, such as walking.
Walking has a plethora of benefits and these shouldn’t be overlooked.
A report from the Ramblers Association and Macmillan Cancer Support found that if everyone in England walked for just half an hour a day, the activity could save around 37,000 lives a year.
To get into the swing of things, and maintain the habit, it might be worth investing in a Fitbit or another kind of pedometer, which will encourage you to get out and walk every day.
If you really fancy going for it, find out if there is a local speed walking club in your area, as speed walking raises the heart rate, increases flexibility, and tones the muscles.
And for those who need the gear, we have a range of suitable clothing available throughout our store, including ladies’ memory foam trainers, which are great for those brisk walks around the park.
Don’t be afraid of the water
We hear about superfoods every day, but if there was such a thing as a supersport, swimming would definitely be one of them.
Recommended by the NHS as a way to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes, swimming is regarded as a low impact exercise, which means that you can take part at any age without risk of injury.
Many local gyms and swimming baths will have day classes and courses for people wanting to take to the water.
What’s more, there will likely be an array of water aerobics classes that offer alternative pool exercises, which can help flexibility, and build both cardiovascular and muscular endurance.
Another increasingly popular form of aqua exercise is outdoor swimming, which involves organised swimming in private lakes and waterfall pools.
You can find out more information about this with the Outdoor Swimming Society.
Dance yourself fit
Although many people don’t consider dancing to be a form of exercise, the truth is that from hip-hop to the foxtrot, dancing really is great for our minds and bodies.
Whether you want to dance to lose weight, improve posture, or maintain muscle strength, you can find friendly and helpful dance classes that start from as little as £5 for up to 90 minutes.
By wearing clothes that afford freedom of movement, including comfortable shoes, wide leg trousers, and our own Damart athleisure wear, you can get started and choose classes from a range of styles and difficulty levels.
If you want to check out a dance class in your area, Dance Near You is the perfect website to find one close to where you live. You’ll be signing up for Strictly Come Dancing in no time!