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The benefits of staying active

Staying active mentally, physically and socially can help you stay healthy, push back frailty and allow you to enjoy an independent life for as long as possible.

All adults should aim to be active every day and take part in 150 minutes of moderate activity a week.

Moderate activity is anything that raises your heart rate or makes you a little bit out of breath. Mowing the grass, walking, cycling and swimming are all examples of moderate activity.

The key is choosing something you enjoy, that you can incorporate into your daily routine, whether it’s walking the dog, gardening, taking up a new active hobby or playing with your grandchildren in the park.

Oh we do like tai chi beside the seaside…Tai Chi on Gorleston beach

In October, almost 100 people aged 50 plus gathered on Gorleston beach at sunrise to take part in a special tai chi session to launch the campaign.

Tai chi is suitable for all ages. It can help build muscle strength, improve balance and mental health - all of which are important factors for helping to reduce falls in later life.

Activities like tai chi, bowls, yoga, Pilates, dance, gardening and even bell-ringing all help build muscular strength and balance.

Meet Pauline Peters and Caroline Jacobs, who are staying active by doing things they enjoy.

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