It is important that physical activity is continued throughout life to ensure we keep our bodies healthy and strong. Keeping our bodies strong will allow us to continue our everyday activities such as pushing the shopping trolley, walking up and down stairs and getting out of a chair. By being physically active, our bones and muscles will remain strong helping to keep us independent.
As we age, the strength in our joints, muscles and bones can start to decline and over time can increase our risk of having a fall whilst also reducing our flexibility and movement. Fortunately, physical activity can help us maintain the strength in our lower body.
When starting a new activity, to avoid injuring or straining yourself, it is important that you do not overdo it and start slow, as our body may take some time to get used to a new exercise. Always ask your GP, Physiotherapist or other health professional for advice on strength exercises if you are unsure or would like some advice.
There are a number of everyday activities such as gardening and cleaning that can help you keep your muscles working and your body strong. Using light weights in the gym or at home will also support strength in your leg muscles and bones. View the Strengthen Your Legs Exercise Flyer to see what exercises you can incorporate into your everyday routine.
To learn about different ways in which you can strengthen your legs, we encourage you to view our Strengthen Your Legs with Julie animation, complete our Move Your Body online learning module and take our Move Your Body quiz.