Daily Telegraph takes advice from GCU ageing expert

Glasgow Caledonian University Professor in Ageing and Health Dawn Skelton has featured in the Daily Telegraph newspaper talking about the right and wrong way to exercise in later life.

The expert is behind the successful Make Movement Your Mission initiative, launched on the first day of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in March 2020 to support older people to stay active during their shielding and social restrictions.

Professor Skelton, co-lead of the Ageing Well research group in the Research Centre for Health (ReaCH) in the School of Health and Life Sciences, is also Director of not-for-profit training company, Later Life Training, and is behind a host of high-profile research aimed at improving the lives of older people.

The Telegraph article Dawn Skelton highlights how she collaborated with the chief medical officers of the four nations across the UK to update the government guidelines for physical activity and health.

Professor Skelton recommends at least 150 hours a week exercise doing something that gets you slightly warmer and out of breath.

She states: “Physical activity it the equivalent of a miracle pill.

“Little and often is a good start, and anything that improves strength twice a week. That mean an action which targets specific muscles, like energetic Nordic walking, heaving gardening, cycling, Pilates, yoga, tai chi, tennis or using weights.”

The Telegraph article can be found here – https://www.telegraph.co.uk/health-fitness/body/rise-rise-senior-fitizen/

Be First to Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *