Physical activity and exercise can help you stay healthy, energetic and independent as you get older. Many adults aged 65 and over spend, on average, 10 hours or more each day sitting or lying down, making them the most sedentary age group.
As you get older, it becomes even more important to remain active if you want to stay healthy and maintain your independence. If you do not stay active, all the things you've always enjoyed doing and taken for granted may start to become that little bit harder.
You may struggle to pursue simple pleasures, such as playing with the grandchildren, walking to the shops, leisure activities and meeting up with friends. You might start to get aches and pains you never had before and have less energy to go out. You may also be more vulnerable to falling. This can all lead to being less able to look after yourself and do the things you enjoy.
To see how much activity you should be doing see Recommended Activity Guidelines
Getting more active is a great way of helping to prevent falls. We rely on our balance to keep us upright when we over-reach or trip, but as we age our balance reaction times get slower and so do our reflexes. We also lose some of our muscle strength.
Being active is not just about doing exercise, but also incorporating more activity into your day to day life. In particular, exercise to target balance and strength will help to keep you on your feet and reduce your risk of having a fall, such as walking, gardening and fitness classes.
If you are over 65 and feel a little unsteady on your feet and / or have concerns about balance and mobility then the Get Up & Go Exercise programme could be beneficial.
Expand your skills, make friends and have fun. Whether you'd like to learn how to go online, find out more about local history, improve your fitness or simply get out of the house and meet people, there's a local course or activity that's right for you.
Age UK Northamptonshire provides a variety of courses and activities for local older people.