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Monday, 27 June 2011

Guide to health and fitness for over 50s

Making sure you exercise regularly and keep an eye on what you eat is of real importance after you turn 50. Find out more about how a few changes in your daily routine can go a long way to improving your physical and mental health.

Healthy eating for over 50s

Healthy eating can improve your quality of life and will help you avoid diseases associated with ageing. There's a lot you can do to introduce healthier foods into your diet without giving up some of your favourites.

Keeping mobile and preventing falls

There's a lot you can do to maintain your mobility and independence as you age. Preventing falls is important to staying active. But if you or someone you care for does have a series of falls, there are actions you can take to improve safety.

Staying physically active

Keeping physically active not only improves your health and quality of life it can also help you to live longer. Physical activity can be anything from everyday tasks like cleaning the house to specific exercise like keep fit or swimming.

Staying mentally active

Studies show that mental decline is not an inevitable part of ageing. People who lead intellectually stimulating lives are more likely to be free of dementia conditions like Alzheimer's disease. It is possible to keep your brain in shape and to cope with changes in your mental ability.

Healthy weight

Healthy eating and taking part in physical activity are great ways of living a fitter and healthier life. They reduce the risk of developing heart disease, some cancers, diabetes and high blood pressure, and can help you achieve or maintain a healthy weight.

Sports facilities and events

You can improve your fitness by spending just 30 minutes a day on a physical activity like gardening, swimming or walking. It's also easy to find local leisure facilities where you can go for sporting activities like tennis, squash or keep fit classes.

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