Fitness as we age
Keeping fit when older is important and takes more effort the older we get. Fifty per cent of those over 75 are sedentary (sit most of the time) and 25% of those over 85 aren’t active at all. Habitual activity makes up a large part of all activity. Housework makes up more than half of an older woman’s activity.
As we get older, fitness is more Important than weight, so relax about your shape and concentrate on fitness.
So how fit are you?
What walking distances can you comfortably do?
Being unable to walk round the block is one indicator you have an increased risk of falling.
Test your fitness with the “Get up and go test”– using a dining chair.
Record how long it takes you to stand; walk three metres (10 feet); turn; walk back; sit down again.
After a month of exercising, test yourself again. A change more than four seconds can indicate a change in the level of mobility eg six seconds slower indicates slower/less confident mobility or six seconds faster indicates stronger/more confident mobility.
Below are some moderate intensity realistic exercise ideas for you to improve your fitness: