Understanding the impact that physical activity can have to your health is very important.
As little as thirty minutes of exercise a day can result in not only physical benefits for the over 50s, but also mental benefits.
It can help you lose weight, reduce the impact of any chronic illness, as well as enhance your flexibility, mobility and balance as you age. With cardiovascular disease a big risk in our later years, by staying active you can also improve your heart health and blood pressure, bone density and immune function.
In terms of your mental health, regular exercise can help you fall asleep quicker and sleep more deeply, boost your mood and self-confidence and keep your brain active. Endorphins produced while we exercise can also help reduce feelings of sadness and depression.
Starting a regular routine can be a challenge, but there are plenty of ways that you can get more active and boost your fitness. Start slow and commit yourself to goals in order to stay motivated.
How much activity you do is also strongly linked to your diet. Read more about this topic in our Food & Diet section.
Check out the articles below for the latest tips and useful information on ways you can keep active, fit and healthy.
The articles on this website are intended as a starting point for getting information on healthy lifestyle choices. If you haven’t exercised for a while, or have any health concerns, please speak to your health care provider before undertaking any new fitness regime.