Looking after your physical health and fitness

With potentially more free time, retirement could allow you to focus on getting more active and improve your overall health.

Why physical activity is important for older adults

The benefits of being active are well proven, especially as you age. It can help:

  • control weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes 
  • reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and some cancers
  • manage pain
  • maintain and increase joint movement and balance
  • improve mental health

Staying fit in retirement

It doesn't matter how old you are or what your physical condition is, it’s never too late to get active.  And in as many ways as possible, including:

  • cardio
  • strength building
  • increasing flexibility
  • maintaining good balance

The amount of physical activity you need to do each week depends on your age and level of health. As a guide, adults aged 65 or older with no health conditions that might limit their mobility, should aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity most days.

You can find ways to improve your health and fitness at: