Ageing and growing old are not the same thing

Old age creeps up on you oh so stealthily then suddenly WHAM! – it hits you like a steam train.

At first, we just notice we groan a bit as we get up (or down) from the chair – so tend to sit for longer; then we might huff and puff walking up the stairs – so we take the escalator instead; carrying the shopping is hard work – so we wheel a trolley and park as close as we can to the supermarket door. Basically, we do less and try to make life easier.

Denial is a strong human trait, none of us likes to think we are getting older or admit to any decline in our abilities or levels of activity. Yet nature deals us a cruel triple whammy as every year our muscles waste, bone density reduces and our joints become stiffer.  Sounds gloomy, but it doesn’t have to be like this.

We have all seen photographs of centenarian marathon runners or body builders in their 90s – they are exceptional – but we don’t have to give into the ‘pipe and slippers’ just because the clock is ticking. Research has produced an overwhelming amount of evidence to show just how important it is to exercise – at any age. But just the word, exercise, is enough to put us off. So the new mantra should be to just MOVE MORE!

I have listened to, worked with and taught thousands of people who thought they were “past it” or “shouldn’t” or “couldn’t” – but they are not and they should and they can! With encouragement, persistence and a little knowledge, it is amazing what can be achieved. Once you start, just 10 minutes will suffice, the desire to do a little more comes naturally. The benefits can seem minor but they make a huge difference to our quality of life and are self-perpetuating.


The question I get asked most often is, “What should I do…?”

There is no one-size-fits-all answer, but we do know that to stop the clock we should do a combination of strengthening, aerobic and flexibility exercises. These form the basis of everything else and leads to better health, balance and quality of life. This is why I have put together a library of free exercises, guides and videos. They’re all simple, fun and easy-to-follow. Just 20 minutes a day of moderate intensity exercise can help you to stay stronger and more mobile. Just go to for advice on how to get started.

Professor Janet Lord, expert in active ageing, explains, “…it is never too late to start. Even if you are already beginning to struggle with daily tasks, these exercises will allow you to take control and turn back the clock!”  Email:  Call: 0800 612 7785


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by Ben Budd

Michael Cohen writes – “Exercising,” and even worse, “working out,” are turn-offs for many, even while we know we should. We hope our wellness playgrounds will be attractive places where elders will want to spend time, socialize, play, and move about. Call it stealth exercise, the end results are the same. Better, really, because we aim to foster social interaction and lighthearted joy.

by Ben Budd

I agree with the post above. Exercising and workouts are off putting and after the initial spurt of enthusiasm many people drop out. I wish you luck and I am all for choice. However, from my experience and research many active older people, especially women want to dance and creative dance is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy an activity which is creative and life enhancing. Dancing with others to music and being expressive working with a dance facilitator who can provide guidance and dance tasks is a holistic experience for mind, body, social and emotional, spiritual wellbeing and it is fund. In a welcoming atmosphere where people have the chance to gain their confidence they just Love it! and can’t get enough! So please encourage people of all ages to engage in creative dance activities which encourages participation in dance. Exercises and routines become a drag and are boring whilst dance makes you joyous and you flow and smile!!

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