You’re never too old to start exercising

While it may feel that way, research and many inspiring examples show that you are never too old to start exercising. Even if you’ve never worked out before, your body has the same ability to build muscle mass as a world-class athlete! But this doesn’t mean you should start with a marathon. What’s important is…

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Safety first

Starting an exercise programme

You may be exercising regularly and reaping the benefits, but it’s still important to keep safety in mind – and this is even more important if you haven’t been exercising in a while. Here are a few safety tips, both for yourself, and to pass on to others who may be starting an exercise programme:…

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What you need to know about balance

Exercises for older adults

Many Fit For Good exercises are aimed at building strength and general fitness, but the most important exercises for older adults are those which improve balance. Falls and fractures are one of the most common and serious health issues for people over 65, as this age group has the highest risk of falling. Around half…

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Balance improver

exercise helps balance

A chair or countertop is needed for this balance improver: Stand up straight, pulling in your abdominal muscles.  Slowly lift one leg out in front of you Then move the leg out to the side And then slowly out behind you, without leaning forward Repeat five times, then try the same thing on the other…

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Back pain basics

Back pain is a common problem, usually caused by a simple muscular strain, which affects four out of five of us at some point. It’s often caused by a simple muscle, tendon or ligament strain and not usually by a serious problem. WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP MYSELF? There are several ways you can help…

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Strengthen muscles

muscle strength

This is an excellent exercise to strengthen muscles which help you stay upright – and it can be done almost anywhere. Stand holding the back of a chair, a sofa or a countertop Lift up onto your tip toes, hold for a few seconds then go back done again Repeat ten times once or twice…

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Rock the boat

‘Rock the Boat’ is a simple exercise that requires no equipment, although you can use a balance for support. Begin by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart, with even weight on each side, then raise your arms out to the side for balance. Stand up straight, shoulders back, head looking forward. Raise one foot off the ground,…

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Improving balance

To help improve your balance, try walking in a straight line, one foot in front of the other with your arms outstretched. Then try it backwards. Once you are confident doing this, you can try it while looking side to side. Please let us know how you get on!

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