Why is Active Ageing Important?
We believe it's never too late to become more active. Being active is one of the most important things you can do for your health and well-being. It can benefit our mental wellbeing as well as our physical health. It enables us to meet new people and helps us to reduce the risk of us becoming lonely or feeling isolated. You will start to feel better within weeks of being more active, you can meet new people, make new friends and it doesn't even have to cost anything.
Being active can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer. Physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress, depression, dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
In order to benefit your health, you should be moving fast enough to raise your heart rate, breathe faster and feel warmer. According to the Chief Medical Officer's guidelines, to stay healthy older adults (aged 65+ years) at risk of falling should, in addition to completing at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity, participate in activities to improve balance and coordination on at least two days per week.
We know that around 60% of individuals over the age of 65 meet the guidelines for sport and physical activity. With 22% of the Worcestershire population over 65 (4% above the national average), our role is to empower individuals, groups and communities to be more active, at a level that is right for them.
So what activities could you do?
Walking is a good way to get started. Start by challenging yourself to count the number of steps you do. Most people take between 3000 and 4000 steps per day, could you do more than this? Take the NHS Choices 10,000 steps challenge!
In Herefordshire and Worcestershire we have a number of Walking for Health groups which open are to everyone, and are helpful if you have a health condition. To find out more about joining your local walking group and the opportunities for volunteering visit www.walkingforhealth.org.uk. If you want to plan your own walk there are downloadable Worcestershire maps and downloadable Herefordshire maps
Cycling can be a good way to travel and build activity into daily routines. There are many cycle routes across Worcestershire. Why not discover if there is one on your doorstep! Find local cycle routes, safety information and cycling schemes in Worcestershire or find a local club.
Swimming is a great form of all-round exercise, ideal if you want to be more active and stay healthy, whatever your age or ability. Find out more from your local leisure centre or find your local club here
Bowls provides exercise of a moderate intensity. It also offers a mental challenge for people of all ages through the development of skills and tactics. If you're looking for a chance to keep active and socialise with people in your community, then bowls is for you. Click here for local clubs
Other Sources of Information
Age UK provide information about local activities and tips on getting and keeping active as you get older. Contact your local Age UK for details.
District Councils can also provide local information about services to help you get active. Visit each of the district pages to find out more:
For more information on being physically active visit the NHS Choices Getting Active website.
Project Officer (Adult Participation)
- Physical Activity in the Workplace
- Physical Activity Coordination - Older Adults
- 01905 542260
Project Manager (Adult Participation)
- Adult Participation Programmes
- Strategic Lead for Strong and Steady Exercise Classes
- Strategic Lead for Move More programme
- Physical Activity in the Workplace
- Physical Activity and Health
- 01905 542031
- 07766 697742