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No matter what stage of life you’re at, it’s never too late to take small steps towards getting, and staying fit. Growing older could see you sending activity to the bottom of the to-do list, especially if exercise isn’t something you enjoy. And with the additional worry of health issues, aches and pains, as well as fears of falling or injury, this can make it all the more challenging to keep fit.

But there are plenty of ways to keep moving if exercising isn’t your thing. We’ve put together a list of the most simple ways to keep your mind and body in tip-top shape, without feeling like you’re entering into a punishing session at the gym.

Yoga

As one of the more slow-paced and mindful activities you can take part in, yoga is ideal for people of all ages and all levels of ability. From increased flexibility and better breathing techniques to a stronger body and help with mental health issues, the benefits speak for themselves.

One of the best things about practising yoga is the fact that you can pretty much do it anywhere, from your local town hall to the comfort of your own home and even trips and holidays away. All you need is a good yoga mat and you can roll up and go.

To see where local classes might be taking place, Google is a good place to start. And if you want to keep your mindful movements strictly in your own home, there are lots of videos online you can take advantage of, from beginners to more advanced.

Hula Hoop

Think back to those fun, carefree days when you were a child just having fun and playing in the garden. Of all the activities you took part in, the hula hoop was probably high on the list. Turns out it’s also a great way to keep fit.

The great thing about this type of activity is that you need just one piece of cheap equipment. Whether you take to the hoop naturally or need a little work to whittle that waist away, it’s a fun form of exercise that really doesn’t feel like exercise at all.

Dance videos

On top of the many workout videos you may already have lurking on your shelves at home, you can also turn to the internet, in particular YouTube, to help you find some fun new dance videos you can do in your living room. Not only can you find free videos but you’ll be having so much fun, it won’t feel like you’re working out.

The best thing about dance videos you can find on the internet is the sheer number of types you can try out. From Latin and ballroom moves to Bollywood and even belly dancing, you could enter a whole new world of dance and have lots of new moves to show off.

Walking

One of the most simple and effective ways of getting your body moving, the blood pumping around your body, and your mental wellbeing in check, is to go for a nice stroll.

You won’t need any costly equipment, you don’t need to stock up on gym attire or part with any money. And better yet, as you’ve been walking since you first found your footing, you’re already a pro in the field. You can also walk just about anywhere.

Take a wander with a partner, friend or four-legged companion. Whether you choose to follow the same route a few times a week or head to the local park, woods or beach, your body and your mind will thank you.