Active ageing

Keep on moving

In Barnsley we want everybody to be active and to keep active. Whatever your age or physical condition it is likely you will benefit from being more physically active. 

Being more active means different things to different people. For some, it may mean joining a gym or walking group. For others, it may simply mean doing that extra bit of cleaning in the house or making sure you don’t spend hours at a time sitting on the sofa. 

The Benefits 

For many of the challenges of modern life physical activity is a miracle drug. It is a powerful solution to prevent and treat over 20 major conditions and diseases. Physical activity can lower your risk of developing or help you manage many chronic health conditions, including coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer, obesity and arthritis. 

Is important to remember

    • Something is better than nothing
    • Build up your physical activity gradually– every minutes counts 
    • Add activities that will help you be stronger and steadier on your feet
    • Limit and break up the amount of time you spend sitting still
    • The health benefits of physical activity outweigh the risk
    • It’s never too late to start

Improving your wellbeing

Exercise can also reduce the risk of depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.  

It is also good for your mental wellbeing and can: 

    • improve your mood 
    • increase self-esteem 
    • give a sense of achievement 
    • help you relax 
    • relieve stress 

Find out more about staying active for mental wellbeing. 

Age Friendly Activities

    • Age Friendly Barnsley works together to support people in Barnsley to enjoy healthy and active ageing. 
    • Barnsley Age UK has lots of activities organised across the borough.  
    • Barnsley Green spaces are a great place to walk and visit. The Age-Friendly Barnsley Partnership have recently increased the number of benches in many of our local parks so that older people have somewhere to sit and rest while out walking.
    • LiveWell Barnsley allows you to search for activities, groups and support that are near to where you live.  
      Barnsley U3A is a great way of finding like-minded people to socialise and do activities with.
    • Fall Proof Barnsley provides easy to do exercises for all abilities. As we age, to help us stay active and able, we need to care for ourselves in a different way as our body changes. As our bodies change, different exercises can help with keeping us strong and steady and can prevent us from falling. 
    • Walk Well Barnsley
      is a Walking for Health scheme that has a programme of led walks throughout Barnsley to suit people of all ages and abilities. They're a great way to be more active, improve your health and make new friends. 

Around the house 

Being physically active can have a big impact on your quality of life. It can help you to maintain your independence in later life by giving you more energy and keeping you strong, steady and mobile; making things like getting washed and dressed, playing with grandchildren, walking to the shops, and staying socially connected easier to do.  

Research from the British Heart Foundation shows Brits spend around 67 hours a week either seated or sedentary. If you tend to sit a lot during the day just breaking up that time by standing up for a short period regularly has been shown to improve leg strength. 

Our Champion Stories

Read how our older residents became active and started moving.