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It’s never too late to get fit

Less than 3% of us take regular exercise over the age of 65. But this is actually when we need it most to make up for the effects of slowing metabolism and declining muscle density.

Regular exercise can give you more energy and keep you healthier and fitter for longer. And it’s never too late to start. A recent University of London study showed that you can gain healthy years from exercising, even if you start after 60.

Start with a plan: your body requires a bit more careful maintenance at this stage, so start out lightly. Talk with your doctor or a qualified trainer about an exercise plan that won’t cause strains or injury.

Keep your resistance: working your muscles is important to preserve strength. Try gentle weight training, stair climbing or digging in the garden.

Take care of your joints: running and road cycling can put pressure on your joints in later life. Switch to swimming or a stationary bike if you’re feeling the burn.

Flex and stretch: remember to warm up before and stretch after any strenuous exercise to avoid aches and pains.

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Jelf’s healthcare specialists can help put appropriate insurances in place to protect your health and wellbeing in later life. If you’d like to discuss any specific healthcare insurance requirements with one of Jelf’s healthcare advisers, simply:

*This information is taken from the following AXA PPP Healthcare website: https://www.axappphealthcare.co.uk/health-worries/lifes-journey/article/sixties-and-seventies/ Copyright Press Association 2014

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