A new report launched by Public Health England (PHE) has advised that doing the right workouts can promote ageing better.
The report noted that while most persons do aerobic exercises to promoote a healthy heart and lungs the need to look after their overall strength is less cared for.
According to the PHE, only one in three men and one in four women is doing enough of the right types of exercise to keep both healthy and strong.
We should all be doing strengthening exercises at least twice a week, it said.
Lifting weights is one option, but taking up tennis or dancing also works, says PHE and the Centre for Ageing Better.
Among the activities offering the most benefit include: Ball games, Racket sports, Dance,
Nordic walking (walking with poles to give your upper body a workout as well as your legs),
Resistance training (using weights or bands or your own body weight to push or pull against for a workout), Yoga, Tai Chi and cycling are also somewhat good for bones, muscles and balance.
The PHE said muscle and bone strengthening and balance activity can improve physical and wellbeing at any age and reduce the risk of an early death. It can also help improve health during difficult or life-changing times like pregnancy, menopause, onset of or diagnosis of disease, retirement and recovery from hospitalisation.
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Dr Zoe Williams from Public Health England said: “Being active isn’t just about getting your heart pumping – although this is a good way to begin. Strength and balance activities work in conjunction with cardio activities like brisk walking, and come with a range of health benefits throughout your life – it’s never too late to start.”