Loose Women star Denise Welch on how to stay active for ‘anyone over 50’


Common examples of sedentary behaviour include watching TV, using a computer, using the car for short journeys and sitting down to read, talk or listen to music. This type of behaviour is thought to increase your risk of developing many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes, as well as weight gain and obesity.

For those who may be suffering from long-term illness and do not know how to remain active, Age UK provided some tips particularly for those who have just suffered from a fall, had an operation or have a chronic condition.

These include:

  • Regular standing – If you sit down a lot during the day, try to get up once an hour. If that’s not possible, moving your arms and legs for a few minutes will help
  • Standing without help – Work towards pushing up from sitting in a chair to a standing position without using a walker or leaning on someone else
  • Gentle stretches – Try some gentle stretches in bed or a chair every day to keep supple
  • Walking between rooms – Walk from one room to another and back if you’re steady on your feet, and time how long it takes. Try to beat your time each day.

For others, who are of sound health and able to get active, the NHS recommends starting to walk for health, or cycling instead of using the car in order to get around. No matter what, the more exercise an individual does the better and in turn the healthier you should be.



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