8 Activities To Keep You Fit In Old Age

Find out 8 beneficial activities to take part in as you get older to work your muscles, heart, coordination, balance, and even your social life.

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There is never a bad time to start getting active, especially when you’re moving into older age. Exercise benefits everyone whether they consider themselves to be older and infirm, or if there are diseases present like osteoarthritis or heart disease. Being more physically active as an older person could actually prevent diseases, as well as avoid disability. It also strengthens the bones and helps prevent falls, the UK’s leading cause of death amongst the elderly.

If you are in a residential care home or have live-in care, then there may already be exercise programmes that you can access, but there is nothing wrong with doing even more exercise if you can. Here are 10 activities to keep you fit in old age to help get you inspired:

  1. Yoga

Yoga may seem like an activity only for the most flexible and youthful of people, but yoga can be done by anybody. It is wonderful for increasing flexibility, core strength and balance as well as helping to keep your joints in full range of motion. There is even seated yoga if you’re unsteady on your feet. You could do a class at home with your home help, or even suggest it as a residential care home activity for everybody to do.

  1. Walking

Aerobic exercise helps to make the heart stronger and walking is an excellent gateway exercise to more intense aerobic activity.

  1. Resistance Training

Lifting weights is an excellent exercise to do as an older person because it maintains muscle mass which helps to maintain balance. It also strengthens your bones and joints. Do make sure you seek professional advice before using weights so you can be sure you are using them safely and effectively.

  1. Swimming

Swimming is an excellent activity because it is low impact and enables you to work muscles and get the heart beating easily. Try swimming with friends to increase your likelihood of keeping the hobby up, and to enhance your social life.

  1. Gardening

Gardening works lots of muscles and keeps you moving whilst you do something productive. You can benefit from all the movement and from the fruit and vegetables you cultivate in your garden too.

  1. Cleaning

When you live alone cleaning the home can seem like an unnecessary chore at times. However, a tidy home really does equal a tidy mind and cleaning the home means you can get moving with a purpose. Exercises like walking up and down the stairs, cleaning the windows, washing the pots and hoovering are all great for moving the joints, muscles and for getting the heart going.

  1. Dancing

Ballroom dancing is a lovely past time if you want to meet new friends and learn a new skill. It keeps you moving, works coordination and balance, and it is a gateway to events and occasions that are social and a good excuse to get dressed up!

  1. Zumba

Zumba and similar classes are ideal for the older generation because they use easy and repetitive movements that increase blood flow to the heart, work balance and coordination and they are a great place to meet friends.

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Keeping fit is important at any age, but is extra important when you get older to keep you mobile and independent. Find an activity that interests you that you can enjoy regularly, ideally with friends, your body, mood and your social life will be all the better for it.

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Have the perfect wedding without spending a fortune

Smart choices make it easier.

No one wants to look like a cheapskate on their wedding day. However, you might also be keen to avoid getting into debt just to get hitched. If you want to have the perfect wedding but you don’t want to spend a fortune doing it, some smart choices can help you plan it perfectly.

Decide your deal breakers

If you have a limited budget and don’t want to consider different types of personal loans, then work out where you’re prepared to spend the largest proportion of your cash. For some people, the dream venue is where they’re happy to spend but when it comes to outfits they’re content to make compromises. For others it’s all about what the bride and groom are wearing and costs can be cut on food or drink. List your top 3 priorities when it comes to wedding budgets so that you don’t end up not being able to cover the cost of what matters most.

Set your budget up front

It’s much easier to limit what you spend when you have a set budget to work with. Few of us have much of an idea of what a wedding really costs – and there are always added extras to consider. If you go through your ideal wedding scenario and set a budget cost for each item up front then you’ll be able to keep an eye on what you’re spending overall and avoid expensive debt, especially if you have a poor credit score and your only option would be a bad credit loan.

Ask family and friends to contribute

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The high cost of many wedding items often comes from the fact that retailers, bakers, venues, dressmakers etc immediately increase their prices when the word “wedding” is involved. So, if you can avoid this wherever possible you’re much more likely to be able to keep costs down. Friends and family who play in bands, bake cakes, are handy with decorations or know how to arrange flowers could all help you to keep your wedding costs under control.

Book your venue and food separately

Package weddings do make things easier, as you’ll have every cost included in one overall total. However, that also means that you don’t have much room for negotiation or for finding ways to make savings. If you book the venue separately and then look for a different caterer or supplier then you’ll be able to adjust your spending and find ways to keep costs down.

Digitise the process

Wedding invitations, rsvps, gift lists etc can all be digitised to cut the cost of pre-wedding spend. You’ll also find it much easier to organise tables and guests if you’re working with digital lists.

Minimise the use of a photographer

Book a professional photographer for the first few hours of the wedding to get those key shots but let them go after that. Ask your guests to take photos and make a friend or relative the “official” party photographer. You’ll get lots of natural shots and you’ll save a lot of cash too.

Shop around for everything

You don’t have to accept the first price you’re given on anything. For example, you might find a gorgeous wedding dress in a discount or outlet store or at a sample sale. The same goes for everything, from the wedding car to the cake and the outfits for the wedding party – shop around to get the best price.

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