Absolutely staying active at any age is crucial to a healthy heart and our overall well-being.

Here are some guidelines and recommendation from our registered nurse Tilak to keep you moving and feeling great:

1. Set Personal Fitness Goals: The start of the New Year is an excellent time to set new fitness goals.

Set specific, achievable objectives that motivate you to stay active.

  1. Start Small, Progress Gradually: Begin with activities you enjoy and gradually increase intensity or duration. Consistency is key, and even small steps make a big difference over time.
  2. Prioritise Time for Exercise: It's common to feel like there's not enough time for exercise. However, making time for physical activity is an investment in your health. Schedule it into your day like any other appointment.
  3. Explore Different Activities: Find activities you love, whether it's walking, swimming, dancing, yoga, or even gardening. Variety keeps things interesting and helps work different muscle groups.
  4. Incorporate Exercise into Daily Routine: Simple adjustments like taking stairs instead of the elevator, walking short distances, or doing household chores actively can add up to your daily activity.
  5. Strength Training Matters: As we age, maintaining muscle mass and strength is vital. Include strength training exercises using body weight, resistance bands, or weights to improve muscle tone and bone density.
  6. Prioritise Self-Care: Taking care of your physical health influences other aspects of life positively.

Exercise contributes to better mood, sleep, and overall mental health.

  1. Listen to Your Body: Respect your body's limits and progress at your own pace. If an exercise doesn't feel right, modify or choose something else. Don't ignore pain or discomfort.
  2. Stay Hydrated and Eat Well: Good nutrition and hydration are essential companions to staying active.

Fuel your body with proper nutrients to support your physical activities.

10. Seek Support and Enjoy the Journey: Engage with friends, family, or join fitness classes/groups to stay motivated. Remember, this journey towards better health is about enjoying the process and feeling good.

By prioritising your health and committing to regular physical activity, you're not just investing in your fitness but also enhancing your overall quality of life. Your body and mind will thank you for it!