Maintaining regular physical activity as we age helps in keeping us independent. Added to this it has been shown to help prevent disease, improve our mental health, keep us social, help with cognitive function & help decrease the risk of falls. Functional exercises such as ‘stepping’ & ‘sit to stand’ can improve muscle mass & strength, bone density, & balance & coordination. This type of exercise helps improve quality of life allowing you to still perform activities of daily living & maintain your independence. Stepping & sit to stand are key elements of every day movement for most people; they are just two of the exercises I like my older clients to do. Unfortunately today ‘David’ wasn’t feeling as good as usual. Chronic illnesses can be debilitating in themselves, often just the fact of coping with a longterm illness can be exhausting. So today we took it steady, no pressure, with plenty of rests, & took plenty of water on board. The main thing was he did some activity & still managed to enjoy it. (Thanks ‘David’ if you see this, for allowing me to take it! #nofaces #patientconfidentiality ).