The majority of people, whatever their age or condition, can benefit from physical activity. The greatest benefits are gained by inactive people who start to take part in regular physical activity. You will notice the difference as soon as you begin.
Different types of activities can provide different benefits. For example, you could try:
- walking for strength;
- swimming for flexibility;
- t’ai chi for balance;
- dancing for coordination.
Start any new activity gradually and progress at your own speed. Don’t overdo it – you should still be able to hold a conversation while you’re exercising.
If you enjoy good health and do not suffer from heart, bone or joint problems or pains in the chest, you can gradually build more activity into your life without consulting your doctor.
However, always check with your GP if you have had an illness, have any worries about your health, or if you have been inactive for a long time. You can improve your health by becoming more active even after a major illness, such as a heart attack, but you will need to do so under your doctor’s guidance.