As a physiotherapist who’s seen plenty of seniors over the decades I have been in practice, the same issue crops up time and again for the over sixties: how do I keep fit and active as I get older? My answer? Keep going, don’t stop. And here are a raft of suggestions to make this work for you….
- Do daily physical activity. Walking is easiest – 30 minutes on most days
- Limit your total passive inactivity, especially TV watching. If you can, limit your use of a car for small errands
- Do a variety of exercise – gardening, pottering around, join a gym or class that exercises arms and legs like pilates
- Avoid silly injuries. Fellas – think about when would be best to stop using ladders, and stop cleaning the roof yourself. For everyone – take care lifting the grandchildren and be careful of tripping over discarded toys
- Avoid getting worn out by must do’s. Tiredness results in injuries.
- Gardening is good but maybe some jobs – heavy lifting – will have to be done someone you get in to help
- If you have an ache or a pain, get it looked at. See your GP for a check-up or your physiotherapist for advice. Don’t manage your pain by limiting your activity – that will make things worse
- Do activities with others like walking or cycling with your mates
- If you want to upgrade your activity, get advice and have it written down.
And don’t forget:
- Eat healthily
- Drink in moderation
- Look after your mental health and well-being
- Stay connected to others.