ISRM chief executive, Ralph Riley said: "Today people are living longer. Being active helps us maintain our health as we get older, particularly our muscle strength and flexibility. However many of us are still looking for guidance about the right type of exercise to do. This programme gives people a starting point, incorporating a variety of activities, so people can choose something they enjoy and take part in it when it suits them. Not everyone likes the gym environment, so there is the option to do salsa, line dancing or exercise classes."
Statistics show that in England, only 32 per cent of men and 21 per cent of women aged 55 to 64 take the minimum of 30 minutes exercise most days, while figures from the Government Office for National Statistics* show there will be more pensioners than children in the next eight years. There has never been a better time to encourage people in there fifties to exercise.
Right royal body benefits of exercise for the over 50s:
· More energy - Charles and Camilla need to keep in good shape for the gruelling schedule of official engagements
· Delayed ageing - Important if Camilla and Charles want to look good in all those tabloid pictures!
· Relieves stress - Being in the public eye can take its toll and the royal couple will be looking for ways to relax
To find out more about exercise for the over 50s and to download the training programme please visit www.isrm.co.uk.
Notes for editors:
Fit For Life - A typical 30 minute session would include:
· Mobility exercises
Shoulder rolls, arm circles, neck bends/circles, hip rotations etc
· 5-7 minute warm up
On the bike, treadmill or rowing machine
· Pre-Stretches (hold each for 8-10 seconds)
Stretches of triceps, back, chest, shoulders, neck, quads, hamstrings, calf etc
· Resistance exercises to music with weights
Working arms, legs, chest and stomach including 20-30 second stretches after each set of exercises to help develop the muscles
· 5 minute cool down on the bike or treadmill, at reduced intensity, to bring down the heart rate
The ISRM recommends that the above programme be completed alongside other activities to achieve the 5x30 minutes of activity prescribed by the Government’s Chief Medical Officer.
*Social Trends report from Office for National Statistics, over the last 30 years the number of people over 65 in the UK has risen by 28% but the number of under 16s has fallen by 18 per cent.
For more press information please contact:
Johnny Sollitt-Davis / Joanna Masson
Octopus Communications for ISRM
The Institute of Sport and Recreation Management is the national professional body for sport and recreation management in the UK. Founded in 1921, the institute has a membership of 2,500 qualified sport and recreation specialists employed at all levels in the industry from front line managers to heads of companies, organisations and local authority departments. Its key objective is to provide opportunities for participation in sport and other recreational activities to benefit public health. More information is available at www.isrm.co.uk