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the effect of movement as we age

We have a population which is growing and living to an older age, so how can we contribute to health in those years? One way which the research has investigated is through keeping active!

In the context of this article physical activity refers to any bodily movement produced by the contraction of skeletal muscle that increases our energy expenditure above rest. Exercise refers to a subcategory of physical activity that is planned, structured, and has a purpose for the improvement or maintenance of physical fitness. I have used these words in context of the research they have come from but would like to recognise they can be triggering for some. Where possible I have used the word “movement” which I personally feel better reflects finding movements which are sustainable for us – we enjoy and fit into our lives. This can be anything from stretching, gardening, yoga, walking, hiking, running, strength training, swimming, getting off the train a stop early and so much more.

Remember, all movement is good for us, it is important to do what we can, and what is sustainable for us. Any activity is better than none. Speak to your GP if you have any concerns about exercising, including strength, injuries and falls.

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