I hope you have found the last five blog posts informative. The infographic is a great way to get out a lot of information in an easily read format but sometimes it's nice to have a little more detail, and as I stated in the first post you can read the whole report with all the Activity guidelines for the various categories here.

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What is getting a lot of press at the moment is the Build Strength part of the guidelines. It's always been there but it is now given greater emphasis as the evidence it helps maintain physical function, reduce the risk of falls, and help people feel more confident can not be overstated.

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Be Active - Guidance for the Physical activity Guidelines for Older Adults 2019

Be Active Physical Activity Guidelines Infographic 2019
"Each week older adults should aim to accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity, building up gradually from current levels. Those who are already regularly active can achieve these benefits through 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity, or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity, to achieve greater benefits. Weight-bearing activities which create an impact through the body help to maintain bone health."
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The new Physical Activity Guidelines were released yesterday and I thought I would take a short break from the falls prevention topic I was on to discuss them. Especially as I found out the other day my Mum doesn't even know them (and I can picture her reading that with an indignant look on her face so I will also point out she is active!)

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Worried about exercise and falling?

It is common for people to worry so much about falling that they restrict their movement, unfortunately this is a vicious circle as you are more likely to fall if you spend long periods of time seated and don't do any exercise.

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Osteoarthritis in the knee and exercise.

Exercise can play a vital role in managing osteoarthritis.  People are often fearful of exercising the affected joint in case it causes further pain and damage yet this review of studies done on exercise programmes states  "People with OA should be reassured that it is unlikely to exacerbate their pain if performed using the appropriate methods and at the appropriate dose."

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