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5 Reasons Why Seniors should Exercise
Jan 21, 2014

"I really should exercise more, but I can't seem to find the time."


"I'm not happy with that 'spare tyre but I'm too old to start exercising."

Despite the many excuses like above, there are many reasons to incorporate exercise into your daily life!

According to the HSE, whatever your age, there is strong scientific evidence that being physically active can help you lead a healthier and happier life.

The HSE recommends at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) of moderate – intensity aerobic activity such as cycling or fast walking every week, or in other words 30 minutes a day, most days!

‘Moderate intensity’ means exercise that raises your heart rate and creates some shortness of breath, but still allows you to talk comfortably.

  • The key lies in changing ut from an ‘add on ‘ to a regular and enjoyable part of your daily life
  • Strength training increases muscle mass, which is good for managing insulin levels. It also boosts bone strength, which helps prevent osteoporosis.
  • If you can combine two or more kinds of exercise in each session, or throughout the week, you’ll see the benefits more quickly
  • Anyone over 40 should see a doctor before starting a new exercise routine
  • Exercising needn’t cost the earth. Many gyms have pensioner’s discounts. You could consider swimming at your local pool, or enquire with your local council about walking groups in your area.