Personal trainer blog: Never too late for exercise!

Well, the British Journal of Sports Medicine has followed 3,500 people and can now tell us what we have always suspected – age is no barrier to exercise and exercising is good for you!

Running feet in trainersThe study shows that those of us who take up exercise in our 60s are three times more likely to remain healthy over the next 8 years than those who don’t.  Exercise cuts the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and depression. Seriously – what is there not to like about it?!

Those that undertake moderate or vigorous physical activity at least once a week are three or four times more likely to be healthy agers than those who are inactive. The Lead Investigator goes on to say that you don’t have to go for a run or go to the gym – just gardening or going for a walk all counts as exercise – just get moving!

The guidance from the Department of Health is that adults, including those over 65, do 150 minutes of physical activity a week.


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About Marion Foreman

I fall neatly into the ‘women who weren’t born yesterday’ category. I grew up in a turmoil of Guardian fuelled feminism. I went from ‘little woman’ to independent person in a decade. I began my nurse training in the early 70s in the midst of a male dominated university town. I convinced myself that my views must be wrong as the ultra clever men didn’t agree with me. It wasn’t until I did my degree with the OU that I realised that I had a voice – and a legitimate voice at that. Four children and three husbands later I have found my place in the world. A place that simply says that I am who I am, that I can choose my own path in life and choose those who walk with me. I have learnt that equality means making and taking opportunities, not feeling compelled to ‘do it all’.