Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s

Closes 14 Oct 2019

Staying active

The guidance states that all adults should aim to be active every day. This should include muscle-strengthening activity – such as exercising with weights, yoga or carrying heavy shopping – on at least 2 days a week. These types of activity are particularly important for people in or approaching later life. This is also the case for balance exercises, which are recommended twice a week for older people at risk of falls. Yet rates of strength and balance activity are particularly low, with just 1 in 4 women (and 1 in 3 men) meeting the recommended guidelines. 

Physical activity can also help those living with a health condition to keep symptoms under control, and to prevent additional conditions from developing.  Yet we know that getting more active can be daunting, especially if you haven’t done much exercise before or you're managing a health condition. In the 2020s, we want to get everybody active, including those of us who are already living with a health condition.

Have you got examples or ideas that would help people to do more strength and balance exercises?

Examples of strength and balance exercises

This could be, for example:

  • yoga
  • pilates
  • tai chi
  • chair aerobics
  • weight-lifting
  • dance, or even
  • carrying heavy shopping bags
Can you give any examples of any local schemes that help people to do more strength and balance exercises?