Three ways to stay active and healthy in your 60s + beyond

Sep 02, 2022

If you want to stay as pain-free as possible as you age, reduce your risk of mental health problems, increase life expectancy and enjoy a fun and independent life, then it’s good to keep moving.

In fact, evidence shows that age alone may not a cause of major problems until you are in your mid-90s, according to health website UK Active. The effect of inactivity actually catches up with you much faster, and strength, power and muscle mass can be increased when you’re a senior.

So, if you want to stay active and healthy in your 60s, 70s and beyond, here are 3 ways to go about it.

 

 

Walking: Walking is free, it’s a natural stress-buster and it can even reduce the risk of dying prematurely. Walking therapist Carmen Rendell confirms it’s one of the best ways to lower cortisol (stress hormone) levels, and boost happy hormones.

“It’s really important as we age to move the whole body. That’s why walking is so great. It connects with our systems, and our internal systems in particular, enabling greater blood flow around the body and brain.

“It’s been shown to help stop the ‘monkey brain’ [the bit that controls emotions] from going into overdrive.”

And of course if you want to take your walking to the next lever try one of our 50 pack-free guided walks!

 

 

Yoga: “Low intensity yoga is excellent for older people who want to stay active and healthy, as movements tend to be slower, creating less stress and strain on joints, ligaments and tendons,” says Cat Taylor, yoga and fitness instructor.

“It can also work to effectively target and strengthen the body, impacting positively on posture, balance, stability, core strength and confidence,” she says.

“As we get older, our bones, muscles and joints naturally weaken. When ignored, this can lead to less range of motion and postural instability – and increased risk of falls. Yoga is an excellent antidote to this.”

 

 

Swimming: Exercising in the water is a form of resistance training that is well suited to seniors because it’s low impact and has very little risk of injury, explains swim expert Anna Payne.

“Swimming works all the muscle groups without placing stress on the body so it’s a great cardiovascular workout, while increasing lung capacity and breath control.

“As we age, swimming will not ‘wear out’ your body over time in the way other sports might,” says Anna.

It’s so effective that a study by Indiana University’s  Centre for the Science of Swimming found that experienced frequent swimmers could even postpone the ageing process “for decades”.

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