Doing the right type of strengthening exercises is important. For older people, ‘strength and balance exercises’, which strengthen the muscles in the legs and improve balance and co-ordination, have been specifically proven to help people stay strong and steady.
Other activities known to help build and maintain strength are resistance training, ball games, racket sports, dance and Nordic walking. Tai Chi, Yoga and cycling are good for balance as well as bones and muscles.
We all want to continue to enjoy our lives as we get older, such as playing with grandchildren and socialising with friends. Simple strength and balance exercises twice a week are a proven way to keep you stronger for longer, independent and enjoying the great things in life. You can attend Stronger for Longer exercise classes, or you can do the exercises yourself at home. Find out more on this page.