Ask our feel younger expert: Will exercising in my 50s help when I'm older?

Ask our feel younger expert: Will exercising in my 50s help when I'm older?
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Julie says: Absolutely! You can really lay the good foundations for a fitter future by ensuring you do exercises which strengthen your muscles, get your heart beating faster, mobilise your joints, boost your bones and improve your balance.

As we lose muscle mass year on year, lifting weights or using resistance bands will really help to slow/reverse the decline – and it’s great for toning, too! There’s a free guide at www.moveitorloseit.co.uk

Join a keep-fit class so you have the added benefit of working out in a social environment and you can get some personalised help from the instructor to set some achievable goals.

For balance, try ‘tightrope walking’ – just walk in a straight line, heel to toe, as if you were balancing on a rope. Try not to look down! Begin by holding onto the kitchen work surface until you can do it safely without.

The secret to ageing well is to keep active, stay strong and don’t sit down for long periods.

  • Julie Robinson is a specialist fitness instructor with a range of DVDs available at www.moveitorloseit.co.uk 0800 612 0450. Send your fitness questions to Julie via email at yours@bauermedia.co.uk
  • There's more great advice from Julie in every issue of Yours magazine, out every fortnight on a Tuesday.