Reaching the age of 50 is something of a milestone and, for most us, it’s not a terribly appealing one. Our youth is a long way behind us and ahead lies the uncertain prospect of retirement and old age. Rather than marking the beginning of the end, our half-century heralds the start of our best years. Improvements in healthcare, education and life expectancy mean ‘wobbles’ around the age of 40 are now less likely. By 50, most people will have married, bought a home and chosen a career. With those difficult decisions behind them, they are then free to start enjoying life and become more content. Free of the stresses of forging a career, finding a spouse and bringing up young children, our worries fade and feelings of happiness start to surge.

Keeping active at 50 and over is the key to staying fit, mobile and independent and will help to ensure that your retirement years are as full of life and joy as the years spent pursuing your career and caring for your family.

Regular exercise can help you prevent health problems and keep your bones strong. With improved strength, flexibility and balance, daily tasks remain manageable and increased energy allows you to keep up with the grandchildren and socialise with friends.

Now, we’re not saying you need to be running marathons or booking into a High Intensity Circuit class every day! Active Life offers a fantastic and affordable membership; giving you discounted access to swimming, gym and a wide range of daytime group exercise classes so you can exercise in a way that suits you!

It is recommended that adults of all ages partake in 150 minutes of moderate activity every week, so a great goal to aim for is thirty minutes, five times a week. If you haven’t exercised for a while, it’s probably best that you work up gently to this level rather than hit it all in one go! Active Life have a great team of fitness and gym instructors who can help you set realistic goals to get you active and keep you on track! For more information, please call 01227 812488.

If you’re looking to be more active but are new to exercise or have concerns about finding a fitness programme that meets your needs, our Community Exercise Manager, Carol Gillatt is on hand to suggest activities that are right for you depending on your age, health and mobility. Our experienced team of qualified instructors on hand to support you every step of the way, whatever your medical background or fitness requirements. To speak to Carol or a member of the Exercise Referral Team, please call 01227 264444.


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