Living healthily in middle age can double your chances of being healthy when you are 70. Being active is critical to maintain a healthy body and mind for later years, and poorer health in later life is not inevitable.
Older age can mean living as well as young people by making relatively small changes to our habits and lifestyles now. Not being active increases our risk of many conditions that will impact on future quality of life, including dementia, osteoarthritis and general physical limitations in older age.
Older adults can be more at risk of falling, and should do exercises to improve balance and co-ordination on at least two days a week, such as yoga, tai chi and dancing.
Being active slows the natural breakdown of your bones and muscles, and helps us maintain a healthy weight and good circulation. It also helps maintain our brains.
If you’re looking to be active with the children or grandchildren, there are over 200 play areas for families of all ages in and around Peterborough. Facilities at some of the parks such as Central Park include a paddling pool, sensory garden, an aviary, a cafe and sports playing grounds. The Embankment is within easy walking distance of the city centre and runs along the picturesque views of the River Nene, Bretton Park boasts one of the largest green open spaces whilst Itter Park in Paston has a bowling green and a putting green.