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The elderly should do some type of physical activity every day. Any type of activity is good for you. The more you do the better.

Anyone who is 65+ should :-

  • Aim to be physically active every day. Any activity is better than none and the more the better.

  • Do activities that improve strength, balance and flexibility on at least 2 days a week.

  • Do at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity a week or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity if you are already active. It's best to do these in combinations if you can.

  • Spend less time spent sitting or lying down. Try to break up long periods of inactivity with some some simple and/or exercise.

  • If you've fallen or are worried about falling, doing exercises to improve your strength, balance and flexibility will help make you stronger and feel more confident on your feet. Speak to your GP if you have any concerns about exercising.


Light activity is moving rather than sitting or lying down. Examples of light activity include :-

  • Getting up to make a cup of tea

  • Standing up and moving around the home.

  • Walking at a slow pace

  • Cleaning and dusting

  • Vacuuming

  • Making the bed


There are many organisations that cater for the elderly like Grandma Groove.

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