The World Health Organisation identifies 50 years of age as the point in middle age at which engaging in regular physical exercise can prevent or delay the onset of many of the physical, psychological and social hazards that are associated with increasing age. These hazards include heart disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, and obesity. Physical activity is beneficial for maintaining health as we age and thereby enhancing quality of life.
As your body ages the following changes take place -
- Muscle mass declines, which affects the ability to pick up and carry heavy objects or even shopping.
- Bone mineral density decreases, therefore the skeleton can become brittle and bones are more likely to fracture. One in two women and one in five men over the age of 50 in the UK will fracture a bone, mainly as a result of osteoporosis.
- VO2 max (the body’s ability to utilise oxygen) declines with both age and under use and this can bring about functional limitations such as reducing the ability to walk for long periods of time.
- Decrease in the basal metabolic rate, which are the calories needed for daily activity. This can lead to increases in body fat.
improved mental health
motor control benefits
These all lead to an increase in the overall quality of life. Whole Life Fitness can help you include exercise into your daily routine so you can continue to do the things you enjoy and stay independent as you age. However if you don't live near Chichester then please feel free to leave a comment/question and I will do my best to answer.
 The Heidelberg guidelines for promoting physical activity among older persons (www.who.int/hpr/ageing/heidelberg_eng.pdf). Geneva, World Health Organization,