As we get older, muscle strength is reduced and some movements, such as leaning sideways or turning quickly, can cause a loss of balance. This can begin earlier than expected, from our early fifties onwards. To prevent a loss of balance and strength over time, strength-building exercise is recommended. The good news is, you don’t have to start weight lifting to build strength – hill-walking, yoga, team sports like tennis and cricket, or even just climbing the stairs can all help to build muscle strength and prevent falls and injuries later in life.
Stronger 4 Longer is a new campaign from Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership encouraging adults over 50 across Somerset to build muscle strength to protect their future health. To find out how to get started, visit the Stronger 4 Longer website.