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Keeping physically active can help you to stay healthy, energetic and independent well into old age. Ideally, you should aim to be active on a daily basis but any amount of extra activity that is appropriate for your age group and health will make a difference.
You do not necessarily need to set aside a special time to get more active. Activity can quite easily be introduced as part of your daily routine. Try getting off the bus a few stops earlier and walking the rest of the way, use the stairs instead of the lift or escalator or walk to the local shops.
You do not need to be good at sport to get more active. Activities such as walking, dancing and gardening are all good forms of exercise. If you do want to take up a sporting activity, ask your local leisure centre for information on what opportunities they have available.
You do not necessarily need special clothes or equipment for exercise – walking is a great form of exercise and it is free. If you do want to join a group or class, check for offers or special rates.
The "Get Active - your way every day" booklet produced by Health Scotland provides information on physical activity for all ages: Read or Download the Booklet here (PDF 3.34MB)
NHS Inform have produced some simple exercises that can help you start to get moving: Visit the NHS Inform site
Active Scotland lets you search a variety of physical activities in your area, suitable for all levels of ability: Visit the Active Scotland site
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