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Mar 2014

I am 75 and have been cancer-free for five years. I know it’s important to stay active, but at my age what can I be doing? Does my history of illness limit what I can do? I feel too old to become a gym bunny, and all they seem to do is scary looking aerobics classes. 

I am 75. At my age what exercise can I do?
Have you thought about Zumba or yoga?
Response by Sarah Maxwell

Your history of illness only limits what exercise you do if you overdo it. It's really important to listen to your body and only do what feels comfortable. If you find you are exhausted after exercise, you need to take it easier.

I've recently been trying Zumba classes at my local village hall and it was great to see all ages and abilities joining in – and no competitive element. Yoga is also not competitive and great for all over fitness and health

Have a look at your local leisure centres for classes. They usually have a good range of age 50+ exercise classes. If they have a pool, give aqua fitness a go.

I'm a big fan of walking and highly recommend you try and get out every day, even if it's a short walk. Perhaps you can convince a friend or two to join you.

If you can't face going out during the winter, you can get some great exercise DVDs – try dance and Pilates. Your local library should have some you can borrow.

Do what you can, when you can – a little exercise every day will make all of the difference to your fitness levels.