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Which exercise might suit you?

Different activities bring a different range of benefits, so try a variety of things. Finding something you enjoy means you’re more likely to do it regularly.

Activity/exercise Flexibility Strength Stamina Balance
Brisk walking   ü ü ü
Climbing stairs   ü ü  
Swimming ü   ü  
Dancing ü   ü ü
Bowls or golf ü   ü ü
Yoga ü ü   ü
Tai chi ü         ü   ü

You don’t have to be moving around to benefit from exercise. Chair-based exercises, which you can do sitting or holding on to the back of a chair, are ideal for improving muscle strength and flexibility. You can watch videos online that demonstrate chair-based exercises.

If you’re physically able, but find yourself sitting in front of the computer or television for hours at a time, try to break it up and build activity into your day. However, if you have a health condition that makes moving about difficult or painful, such as Parkinson’s, arthritis or osteoporosis, always consult your GP for help in choosing the right exercise for you. They may be able to suggest suitable activities and may know of special exercises or classes for people with these health conditions.

You may also wish to visit the section on our website for our physical activity programmes. We run a number of programmes including Nordic Walking, LIFT (Low Impact Functional Training) and Tai Chi.

You may also wish to read our information guide, 'Staying steady':

Information Guide 14: Staying steady - Keep active and reduce your risk of falling

For more information call Age Cymru Advice on 08000 223 444

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