Now that you’re retired you’ll have extra free time to incorporate the recommended amount of physical activity into your daily life. By maintaining regular physical activity you’ll reduce many health risks while maintaining your fitness levels. But before you decide to conquer your first marathon, it’s a good idea to have a health check-up first.
As people age, their mobility can be limited by a number of factors. Your doctor will be able to identify health and mobility issues and refer you to the appropriate specialist if necessary. It could be that you need ongoing physiotherapy. Or it could be that you have a heart condition and need to exercise under supervision with an Exercise Physiologist. It may be that you’ve had ongoing hip problems, or you become short of breath on exertion. Whatever the reason, exercise is key in reducing risks associated with many health conditions. Ensuring that you get the assistance and support that you need from the onset will reduce the risk of future complications.
What can you do if you’re unable to exercise independently? Well, there are many low impact activities available such as yoga, Tai Chi, and swimming. If you have a health condition or multiple health conditions, seek advice from a health professional before engaging in any form of exercise. They will be able to give you advice on what is best for you. In essence, be as physically active as your health conditions allow you to be.
The World Health Organisation has recommendations for the amounts and level of exercise for over 65s. Overall, older adults should be doing 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week and 75 minutes of high intensity exercise per week. If you have limited or poor mobility, physical activities should be performed that help with balance and reduce the risk of falls.