Ask our feel younger expert: Am I too old to start exercising?

Ask our feel younger expert: Am I too old to start exercising?

Julie says: You’re never too old! As long as you are doing the most suitable type of exercise for you, then age is no barrier. Research has shown that real improvements can be made at any age – in fact the worst thing we can do is sit still for too long.

Rather than just one type of exercise, a combination is best to help with strength, stamina and flexibility. Most community centres have classes for the over-60s for a top-to-toe workout which you could combine with walking. Or you could go dancing and also do Tai-chi.

You can also do lots of exercise in your own home too – climbing stairs, housework and carrying shopping all count. Try to do at least 20 minutes of activity every day where you feel warmer and breathe harder.

Also take into account any medical conditions such as arthritis or osteoporosis. Although exercise is vital for both, you need to avoid too much impact or stress so do take medical advice on this.

  • Julie Robinson is a specialist fitness instructor with a range of DVDs available at 0800 612 0450. Send your fitness questions to Julie via email at
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