Staying Active for Longer

Staying Active for Longer

There's strong evidence that people who are active have a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, depression and dementia.


We know that everyone is looking to stay pain-free, reduce their risk of mental illness, and be able to go out and stay independent well into old age - to do this they are advised to keep moving.


Helping you to keep moving


Sometimes people need a bit more help in the best way that they can do this.


It may be that many forms of exercise are not open to you - or that you do not find enjoyment in many exercises that people recommend.


  • Swimming

  • Yoga

  • Pilates

  • Walking

  • Cycling


All popular exercises that are often mentioned for a more relaxed exercise. But the likelihood is that if you are reading this you have already considered them - and are looking for something else.


So we thought we would share some of the advice that we regularly give on different types of exercise or movement when clients are looking to stay as healthy as possible as they age.




Used by the Chinese for mainly health purposes over the last few thousand years, qigong (sometimes seen as Chi Kung or Ki Gung), which simply means "Energy Exercise". This gentle and accessible health practice can be used to help you boost your physical energy, improve balance and stability and to work with the over activity of the mind.

It has been shown in research in recent years to be beneficial for a number of health issues, including reduction of chronic pain, improving knee and hip health, recovery from injuries and surgery, bone density, quality of life, fall reduction, psychological improvement, hypertension and stress.

You can read about the research here.


Personal Training


Personal training does not have to take place in a gym - specific exercise programmes can be created for people who have given up smoking or an exercise plan for people who have lost weight and are ready to improve their fitness, or for those who want to get fit but have certain ailments that mean they cannot access the usual routes.


And a personal trainer can work with you outdoors. Exercising outdoors means you don't have that daunting experience of walking into a gym where you don't know anyone, and being outdoors in the fresh air is particularly helpful for you if you suffer from anxiety and stress.


Yoga for you


Although yoga is relatively well known many people feel it would not be an option for them due to specific poses and the need to be flexible!


Actually, there are many different types of yoga from the more dynamic Ashtanga and Vinyasa to the slower, gentle Yin and Restorative. Each type has its place and we would encourage everyone to explore and be curious to find out what their body needs.


It is important to remember that we are constantly changing and evolving, so what suits us today may not be what we need tomorrow…


Choose what is right for you


Ultimately, everybody is different and the answer to taking action to ensure you can be as active and independent as possible as you age will be different for each person.


We are always here if you want to chat about your options and what may be the best route to take…. just contact us here

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About the Centre

The Centre for Integral Health was started in 2013 by director Ben Calder after studying Integral theory since 2011 and over 10 years of professional practice of kinesiology and Bowen fascia Release Technique, coupled with the desire to explore the application of the Integral Model in relation to health.

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