Healthy Peterborough

Being active reduces the risk of falls and dementia

Being active at all ages is essential for keeping healthy and well and ensuring you carry on doing the things you enjoy in everyday life and it reduces the risk of dementia and falls.

All adults, including older people, should aim to do at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week in bouts of 10 minutes or more to stay healthy. This means that the activity should cause you to become warmer, breathe harder and make your heart beat faster. Brisk walking, ballroom dancing and water aerobics are good examples of moderate physical activities.

Equally important are activities to improve muscle strength and bone health. This could include light resistance exercises or carrying or moving loads such as groceries and activities that improve your balance.  Specific strength and balance exercises that improve balance and co-ordination help reduce the risk of falls. Speak to your local Public Health team on 0800 376 56 55 or gym to get you started and continue doing these exercises regularly at home.

Our understanding about the benefits of exercise is not new, but we now know how important it is to protect against dementia too. People often feel much better after getting out and doing exercise. Joining an exercise group is a good way of staying socially active too, improving your confidence and wellbeing. Try to make it fun!

Think about how you can build exercise into your daily life - walk or cycle rather than drive, go out to the park, plan activities with your family and friends.  Check out the Healthy Peterborough Physical Activity pages for more information on the FREE local programme, or find out about FREE local walks.

Older people who have fallen in the last year or feel at risk of falling are encouraged to do strength and balance exercises to improve balance and co-ordination. These exercises can be done at home.

If you have any pre-existing medical condition please check with your GP before carrying out physical activity.

For more information about staying active in older life visit the Age UK website:



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Healthy Peterborough is led by:
  • Peterborough City Council
  • Peterborough Pharmacies
  • Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust