Only 17% of men and 13%of women aged 65-
Scientists have found that staying physically active and exercising regularly can help prevent or delay many diseases and disabilities. In some cases, exercise is an effective treatment for many chronic conditions. For example, studies show that people with arthritis, heart disease, or diabetes benefit from regular exercise. Exercise also helps people with high blood pressure, balance problems, or difficulty walking.
Activities that improve muscle strength in your legs, arms, back, shoulders and chest are particularly important as you get older. They can make it easier to get up out of a chair,
and because they improve your posture, co-
your leg muscles become weaker. The kinds of activities that will help your strength and balance are:
• using the stairs frequently, if it’s safe for you to do so
• slowly and repeatedly rising to a standing position from a chair
• playing badminton, or taking part in ballroom dancing, yoga, or walking
•taking part in special strength and balance exercise classes, tai chi classes or exercise to music classes
Exercises that improve your balance – often known as balance training – can be especially helpful if you have an illness that causes joint pain as they help overcome stiffness and unsteadiness. Best of all, they can make it easier to get out and about without needing to have someone with you. So tailored exercise targetting areas for improvement that have identified provide greater benefits.