Staying fit to stay independent

Advice from Dr Liz Robin, Director of Public Health at Cambridgeshire County Council

Dr Liz Robin
It’s never too early or too late to take steps to ensure that you remain fit and independent for as long as possible. A combination of strengthening exercises at least twice a week and 150 minutes of aerobic exercise is best to build, or maintain fitness.

Doing the right type of strengthening exercises is important.

For older people, ‘strength and balance exercises’, which strengthen the muscles in the legs and improve balance and co-ordination, have been proven to help people stay strong and steady.

Resistance training, ball games, racket sports, dance and Nordic walking are also known to help build and maintain strength. Tai Chi, Yoga and cycling are good for balance, as well as bones and muscles. 

Find out more about strength and balance exercise in later life at

Local support

In Cambridgeshire, Forever Active and RightStart run friendly strength and balance exercise classes.

Everyone Health offers motivational one-to-one support and a personalised strength and balance programme that you can do in your own home.