image

Do you class yourself as physically active or inactive?

More than 20 million people in the UK are physically inactive, according to a report by the British Heart Foundation.

The charity warns that inactivity increases the risk of heart disease and costs the NHS around £1.2bn each year.

Women are 36% more likely than men to be classified as physically inactive – 11.8 million women compared with 8.3 million men.

The report defines “inactive” as not achieving the government guidelines for physical activity of 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity a week and strength activities on at least two days a week.

Exercise guidelines for adults aged 19 to 64

How much?

  • At least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity every week
  • Strength exercises on two or more days a week that work all the major muscles
  • Break up long periods of sitting with light activity

What counts as moderate aerobic activity?

Walking fast, water aerobics, riding a bike on level ground or with few hills, doubles tennis, pushing a lawn mower, hiking, skateboarding, rollerblading, volleyball, basketball

What counts as vigorous activity?

Jogging or running, swimming fast, riding a bike fast or on hills, singles tennis, football, rugby, skipping rope, hockey, aerobics, gymnastics, martial arts

What activities strengthen muscles?

Lifting weights, working with resistance bands, doing exercises that use your own body weight, such as push-ups and sit-ups, heavy gardening, such as digging and shovelling, yoga.

What activities are both aerobic and muscle-strengthening?

Circuit training, aerobics, running, football, rugby, netball, hockey

Guidelines for older adults aged 65 and over ⇐

 

Taking account of the above exercise guidelines, how would you describe your activity levels? How realistic do you think these guidelines are for you? Should a 64 year old be as active as a 19 year old?

Do you class yourself as physically active or inactive?

273 people have already voted, what's your opinion? Physically Active Physically Inactive

What are your views?

We'd love to hear your comments

Not a member?

You need to be a member to interact with Silversurfers. Joining is free and simple to do. Click the button below to join today!

Click here if you have forgotten your password
les1h
17th Nov 2017
0
Thanks for voting!
haveing arthritis and maybe needing new hips and now diagnosed with type2 diabetes i had to retire from work i have got out of my bad eating habits haveing spent 43 years as a service engineer on the road with a little help i have lost some weight i do exercise on the wii2 each day and the over 60s keep fit on fridays it can be painfull at times i think its worth it as i feel much better but it has to be a long term thing
Marie63
2nd Jul 2017
0
Thanks for voting!
I may not conform to the guidlines but I feel I do enough exercise, I take a brisk walk every day and sometimes longer walks not so briskly. I also do housework and gardening regularly. If I feel like it I do exercises at home, I've tried the gym but don't feel comfortable there.
shortyshah
21st Apr 2017
0
Thanks for voting!
It would be really good to have outdoor gyms (under a roof for use in bad weather) in local parks.It would carry a lot of benefits-no financial outlay-making friends and ofcourse health benefits.
SandieH.
17th Apr 2017
0
Thanks for voting!
Having a dog keeps us fit. It's great exercise and enjoyable picking new locations.
Nan
15th Apr 2017
0
Thanks for voting!
Hi - I am new to Siver Surfers and hope to share views with like minded people.

I enjoy table tennis and it is recognised as good for our age group especially in the states. I also enjoy yoga and walking daily so I feel this is keeping me active. Would love to get into ceilidh dancing so on the lookout here in Edinburgh.

Hope you are enjoying the sunshine.
Yodama
14th Apr 2017
0
Thanks for voting!
I am weary of all the guidelines and gratuitous advice handed down by faceless bureaucrats and 'experts', many of whom do not follow their own advice and who are probably overweight and have never entered the realms of the hallowed halls of the 'Gym'.

The parental finger points at us saying we should be doing more exercise and how we should be doing it! We are not all numpties, we know what we should or should not be doing.
I practice Tai chi and meditate every day, not vigorous but a very peaceful and enjoyable time.
Also go line dancing once a week and ballroom dancing once a week.
The rest of the time housework, ( changing a duvet cover can send you scurrying to the sofa for a nap ) cooking, gardening and lots of arm lifting while drinking tea.
Then it is couch potato time but still busy exercising using brain power.

The brain is busy burning calories while we sit.
Values are based on Basal Metabolic Rate for 130lb person
Calories burned Just sitting.
1hour - 100 calories to 8 hours - 801 calories.

Thinking.
Just thinking, your brain uses approximately 1.5 calories a minute, not much in the scheme of things, but over a course of a day, an impressive 300calories of the 1300 calories is used up.

I suppose if you add jumping to conclusions, leaping to defence, running people down, head spinning when swimming in wine. By doing absolutely nothing you could become quite fit.

Just joking, laughter is not only a medicine, it uses stomach muscles. Muscle strengthening ( includes the brain muscle) is important, so I feel I am doing enough!
PhilipM
13th Apr 2017
0
Thanks for voting!
LIving in East Bristol, and just returned having had an a appointment at Southmead Hospital at 09:15, far too early for my 'wrinkly pass' I walked it (the 3+ miles) in just over the hour. and as I had just missed the bus as I came out of the hospital I then walked up hill and down dale to Tesco did my shopping (with a wheeled trolley) Leaving Teso's I saw my bus leaving yet again with another prospective 30 min wait till the next one, I walked the rest of the way home.
Without bragging I have: Post Polio Syndrome, Arthritis in my right hip. along with a Pace Maker and 2 Stents. But what the heck - get on with life and remember you'll be a long time dead, by the way I will be 70 this year.
gailyp63
11th Apr 2017
0
Thanks for voting!
I know I could do more but I go dance classes and do workout video when I have time plus walk quite a lot
pieinthesky
11th Apr 2017
0
Thanks for voting!
I am very active in the domestic tasks sense. I rarely sit and do nothing but I don't enjoy' proper' walking in the open plus I have balance problems on anything except pavements. That suits me.

I used to belong to an expensive club with gym machines and a swimming pool. Because of the money paid out I felt obliged to go at least 3 times a week! Funds for that have dried though.

My duplex apartment is on the second and third floors of my block, no lift., so there are plenty of stair excursions.
achamore
8th Apr 2017
2
Thanks for voting!
It's so important not to just allow yourself to sit in a chair and become inactive. Housework needs to get done each day, so class that as exercise - running up and down the stairs, taking the dog for a walk, going out to hang up the washing and taking it back in again, shopping, etc. It's not about going to the gym. Enjoy your walks and when you do sit down you'll feel more relaxed.
ginntonic
8th Apr 2017
1
Thanks for voting!
I have chronic rheumatoid and osteoarthritis though out my body but keep as active as I can. Both knees replaced. I was told 20 years ago that I would be in a wheelchair within 5 years but I would not accept that. I am now 60 and on biological drugs, no wheelchair in sight.
I go to the gym twice a week and walk at least 1 mile a day. Yoga and aromatherapy also helps a lot.
I think a positive attitude always helps, as does good friends.
LadyG
8th Apr 2017
3
Thanks for voting!
I have arthritis in all my joints as well as right down my spine. This was a shock in my thirties when I was told I could be in a wheelchair in a few years. With two young children I made up my mind I would not give into this arthritis no matter what. My children deserved a full childhood with an active mother. I still work, climb the stairs (3 floors) from the underground garage to the office, go for a 30 minute walk every day. Gardening at the weekends along with all household activities. Yet still this report makes me out to be in active. So what's new. Life is to short and I will never give into arthritis even when the tears run down my face with the pain I am in. I'm blessed with a fighting spirit and a family that love me for who I am. Everyone needs to do what they can to get around and enjoy their life to their fullest levels and not to be belittled by reports.
johnjoemac
7th Apr 2017
0
Thanks for voting!
Arthritis in all my joints makes me inactive, I'm a former athlete so its even more frustrating!!
TonyP4
7th Apr 2017
0
Thanks for voting!
Well, I'm 73 with health issues live in a top floor flat with no lift, I try to do some excercise every day if I can, walking to the shops etc.
biker babe
9th Apr 2017
0
Thanks for voting!
Hi Tony, have you tried 'armchair exercises' on youtube, just thought you may like to have a look.
mariangrove
7th Apr 2017
0
Thanks for voting!
Calm down folks, it's only a report. I like to keep fit and stay active, that's my choice. If you feel you would rather not, that's ok too.
Be happy, life's too short.
Yodama
8th Apr 2017
0
Thanks for voting!
Maybe calming down is something we should not be doing mariangrove.
I wonder if the energy expelled by worrying too much about what exercise you should be doing counts as sitting activity?
Yodama
6th Apr 2017
0
Thanks for voting!
Yawn, not again! Who are these people poking their noses and foisting their opinions into our lives?
It is all about doing what is normal, it is not not normal to be a couch potato,
Food consumption is integral to the amount of calories we burn.

Most of my injuries are the result of doing exercise and indulging in extreme sports.
RecLucy
6th Apr 2017
1
Thanks for voting!
I feel safe, secure, and satisfied in my little (Florida, USA) apartment. My recliner is my go to place to sit and surf the internet with my kitty cat cuddled up to my legs. I do have friends that drag me out of my cave from time to time, but anything I can order on line, or by phone, and have delivery service to my door is the way I choose to deal with the necessities of life.
Calitha
5th Apr 2017
2
Thanks for voting!
I used to love walking and swimming, but now due to health problems, mobility and severe pain I am unable to do much of either. I would give anything to be pain free and able to walk the long distances I used to do.
The Government Guidelines make no mention of people who are unable to exercise as much as they would like.
Lionel
4th Apr 2017
5
Thanks for voting!
Government guidelines!

Forgive me if I once again question the validity of government figures. So often it transpires these figures are plucked out of thin air just for the purpose of having something to say. And so often, like the sound advice to buy a diesel cars, they are revoked in short order and usually to our cost either physically or financially.

Surely the amount of exercise we take is according as we are able. For very many years I enjoyed cycling and was a long time member of the CTC. But now, with arthritis in knees, neck, wrists and hands, cycling is not now possible. As said elsewhere, I have three Border Collies whose well being depends on exercise. While they run seven or more miles twice a day across fields I walk barely a mile. In truth I hobble!

There's also a 5,000 square foot food garden to cultivate over nine months. Digging, hoeing, moving stuff around and harvesting.

So, I expect my life style puts me beneath government guidelines, because I've never been in a Gym. But I would challenge the originators of these figures to spend a month with me! Standby A & E, they'll be a' coming!
Yodama
10th Apr 2017
0
Thanks for voting!
You forgot to mention diesel oil application on your cows and the need to run fast enough to prevent being 'stuck to the wall' Lionel.
houn66
4th Apr 2017
1
Thanks for voting!
Lead 3 Nordic Walking groups and also gave a lively cocker spaniel 30 miles a week as well as exercise last thing at night and first thing in the morning to keep joints moving due to arthritis. Still feel young at 71.
jstagg
4th Apr 2017
3
Thanks for voting!
I am 73 - my daughter and i have 5 horses between us that take a lot of looking after - carrying buckets of water and full haynets must be good for my muscles, mucking out - walking back and forward - and I still work!!
Wilf
4th Apr 2017
4
Thanks for voting!
Active and always have been. These government guidelines look over the top though but having said that most humans of our age group walked everywhere up until about 80 years ago. My dad has never driven and always cycled and walked and is now 87 so I suppose he is proof that exercise can pay off
Daybreak
4th Apr 2017
2
Thanks for voting!
When I retired I decided I was not active enough so joined local health walkers, go out twice a week with them. It is also a great social activity as we all meet for coffee/tea after. We are one of the largest groups in the country approx 80/100 people go out every week. Also through this I joined the ramblers and 40+ of us go out and we meet up socially. Have lost a stone since I started walking and it's free no gym fees. It can be easy to sit around when you retire so find your local group get fit and make friends.
Marley444
3rd Apr 2017
1
Thanks for voting!
Well I thought I was fairly active until I read the governments guidelines. I have a dog and walk twice each day and usually meet my 10,000 step target on my pedometer. I would think I am over on moderate activity and under on vigorous activity so perhaps that balances it out!?
MrsPat
3rd Apr 2017
3
Thanks for voting!
Only 20 million? I would have thought it was most of the country judging by all the stories one reads. I have friends who have never done a day of exercise in their lives but are fit and healthy and others who go mad in their 50s and 60s and exercise all the time. Me thinks a lot of this is about our own individual genetics. Give it 50 years and lets see.
Munsterlander
3rd Apr 2017
3
Thanks for voting!
I am 72 now so although I was very active and still am as I walk a lot looking at this I am note sure how active I am. I voted that I am active but on second thoughts i do not lift weights or anything like that and really only walking is my exercise. I obviously need to get digging in my garden or get out on my bicycle more.

Community Terms & Conditions

Content standards

These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.

You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.

Contributions must:

be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.

Contributions must not:

contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.

Nurturing a safe environment

Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.

We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!