When you hit your seventies, it would be understandable that you’re ready to sit back, put your feet up and relax after years of hard work. And while you wouldn’t be wrong to do so, you might like to know that there’s a way for you to make the most of these years, and ensure a healthier, longer and better-quality life. By incorporating exercise into your new routine you’ll find it much easier to stay fit, keep your joints mobile and ultimately prevent falls. Sound good? Let’s look at how we can get started!
Build up balance
One of the more prominent risks for people in this age group is the fact that balance and reaction speeds tend to diminish as you get older – so building up and maintaining flexibility and balance skills is key. Taking up something like yoga is an excellent way to build up your core strength and balance and is thought to also help strengthen mental awareness and concentration; all of which can help reduce the risk of falls and injuries.
Make conscious fitness choices
It’s really important that you keep moving, stay active and make as many conscious fitness choices as possible – whether that’s getting up and down the stairs or walking up escalators when you’re out and about. It’s also worth bearing in mind that weight-bearing exercises and resistance exercises will have huge overall benefits, including strengthening your bones and keeping osteoporosis in check.
Do take care and caution
While exercising is beneficial for the body at any age, those over 70 could be at a higher risk of cardiac issues, diabetes, arthritis and osteoporosis, and so I’d always recommend that you check with your doctor or health professional before you embark on any new fitness plan or sign up to any new classes. And if you do decide to start on a new fitness routine, make sure you’re working with someone who can help you to keep track of heart rate and ensure you avoid over exertion. You should also ensure you’re using proper breathing techniques and this should help dizziness and prevent drops in blood pressure.
Find what you enjoy
Some people might enjoy going to fitness classes and spending time in the gym, but that’s not to say it’s for everyone. I’ve always said that the best form of exercise is the one that you’ll stick to, whether you’re 17 or 70. If you like dancing, then find local classes and head over with your partner or friend to try it out. If you’re a nature fan, take yourself off for regular walks – get your blood pumping and muscles moving and enjoy the fresh air.
It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you do it regularly – and as you sit back and start to enjoy your retirement years, you might just find that exercise becomes one of the things you look forward to most. Your body and mind will certainly thank you for it, and it can be a great way to meet like-minded people. Keep an eye out for our new over-70s class launching very soon at Fit Body in 6 or get in touch for more information, whether it’s for yourself or someone you think would enjoy a new fitness adventure.
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I would like to know about your 0ver-70s activities please
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Hi Margaret, thank you for getting in touch. Would you like to pop in for a chat and we can tell you more? We’re at Unit 7, Redfields Industrial Park, Redfields Lane, Church Crookham, GU52 0RD. Or you can send us an email to email@example.com 🙂
Yes please. Can you offer a couple of possible times as I have a few commitments, also quite nervous!!
Hi Margaret, would sometime time between 2 and 4 on Tuesday work for you? Otherwise you could pop in between1.30 and 3pm on Wednesday? Let me know if any of these would work for you, or let me know when works best for you 🙂
Thanks. Wednesday afternoon, 2.00-ish would be good. See you then.