When most people think of strength exercise, they think of huge men lifting massive weights in a gym. But in fact many exercise routines promote strength which has long lasting health benefits. Strength deteriorates from about the age of 30 so from this point, it’s important to maintain strength to limit the decline and keep your independence longer into later life. It is recommended that adults undertake two days of strengthening activity a week and this recommendation is very often overlooked. These can be any activity that incorporates any activities that utilises either external weight or simply your own body weight to build and maintain muscle. Some of these activities are included in the graphic below.
Strength and balance activities are vital as you age to maintain independence and remain fit and healthy. It is also good for strong bones which helps prevent osteoporosis and other bone conditions later in life. Below are some links to help you find activities you feel comfortable with that you can build into a weekly or even a daily routine.
NHS – Balance Exercises
These simple balance exercises can be done at home to help improve your health and mobility. Do not worry if you have not done much exercise for a while, these balance exercises are gentle and easy to follow.
NHS – Get Fit with Strength & Flex
Not active? Out of shape? Then the Strength and Flex workout plan is for you! Find out how this 5-week plan will help you get up and moving, and improve your health and wellbeing.
NHS – Pilates and Yoga
NHS Fitness Studio has a series of different Pilates and Yoga activities for you to try to help build strength and balance. Activities include those which are designed to help with certain health conditions such as knee and back problems.
NHS – Strength & Resistance Workouts
NHS Fitness Studio provides a number of different exercise videos catered for your needs. The strength and resistance videos incorporate a series or workouts targeting strength in different body parts along with a warm up and cool down exercise.
NHS – Sitting Exercises
These gentle sitting exercises can be done at home and will help improve your mobility and prevent falls. Do not worry if you have not done much exercise for a while, these seated exercises are gentle and easy to follow.
NHS – Strength Exercises
Strength exercises like these can be done at home to improve your health and mobility. Do not worry if you have not done much for a while, these strength exercises are gentle and easy to follow.