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What sort of exercise is important?

You don't need to join a gym or buy special equipment to exercise. The simplest exercises are often the best.

You should try to do three main types of exercise:

  • Stretching exercises help ease aches and pains and get the best movement from your joints.
  • Strengthening exercises help our muscles to support our joints and keep them in the right position when we move. If muscles are weak, the joints can become unstable and this can be painful.
  • Fitness exercises help us to keep our hearts healthy. This type of exercise can be as simple as walking a bit further or faster than normal.

You can find some stretching and strengthening exercises at the end of our Keep moving booklet (PDF 3.7 MB)

Some people find that doing exercise in a group gives them extra motivation to keep going. It can also be a good way to meet people with the same interests.


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