Exercises for older adults

Braintree District, Chelmsford City, Maldon District

Exercises for older adults

Keeping active into older age is the key to staying fit, mobile and independent. Regular exercise can help to reduce your risk of disease and disability and improve your quality of life.

The four main types of exercises that are beneficial for all round health are cardiovascular, strength, flexibility and balance exercises.

  • Cardiovascular exercise is any exercise that raises your heart rate
  • Strength exercise specialises in the use of resistance to induce muscular contraction which builds the strength, anaerobic endurance, and the size of skeletal muscles
  • Flexibility is defined as the range of motion of your joints or the ability of your joints to move freely. It also refers to the mobility of your muscles, which allows for more movement around the joints
  • Balance exercise – These simple balance exercises can be done at home to help improve your health and mobility.

Walking can be particularly good as it is not too impactful on your joints and can also be quite social if you join a walking group. More information about walking groups in your area can be found here:

Walking in Braintree

Braintree District Walkabout

Walking in Chelmsford

Chelmsford Rambling Club

Chelmsford Heart & Sole 

Walking in Maldon

Maldon & Dengie Hundred Ramblers

Maldon Fitsteps 

Walking in Uttlesdofd

Uttlesford Health Walks

Preventing a fall

Strengthening the muscles in your legs, arms, back, shoulders and chest are particularly important for aiding balance and preventing a fall.

Walking, gardening, Tai Chi, Pilates and dancing are great ways in which you can get your muscles working.

Pilates and other forms of balance exercises can also be particularly helpful if you suffer from joint pain, as they can relieve any stiffness.

Find out more information about falls prevention on the NHS website.

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