It's Never too Late to Start to Exercise

Updated: Jul 17, 2020

I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling that in my fifties I am now stronger and fitter than I have ever been. That’s not to say I never used to exercise – I did, but it was at the gym or running. As I got into my mid 40s I began to realise that pounding it out on the treadmill or cross trainer just wasn’t for me. I was bored and actually wasn’t really seeing any change in my health and fitness despite the hours at the gym.

A New Direction In Life

I took up Pilates and suddenly the ‘penny dropped’. This was considered, thoughtful exercise that worked my mind and my body. I saw results and got to understand my body better.

At a ‘burnout type crossroads’ in my life I decided to leave my life in fashion and train to become a Pilates instructor, encouraged by randomly meeting someone on a holiday in Turkey who convinced me I really wasn’t too old to change career.

Age Is No Barrier

Daily, I am lucky enough to meet inspiring men and women who, like me, don’t believe that because we are the other side of 45 we should ‘give up’ and allow ourselves to age physically and mentally. So, if you have always exercised… continue to do so. BUT even if you have never really exercised you can ‘catch up’. Research by the National Cancer Institute has shown that people starting to exercise in midlife have the same protection against illness and disease as those who have always exercised.

5 Motivating Reasons Why We Need To Exercise:

Improve your mental health

Exercise produces endorphins (the ‘feel good’ hormone), which acts as a stress reliever. There is a lower incidence of depression amongst the physically fit and, not only that, but exercise can help you sleep better too.

Prevent illness

Regular exercise improves our overall immune function. Physically active men and women lower their risk of developing cardiovascular illness by 61% and 56% are less likely to die from cardiovascular disease.

Help your body look 30 years younger

Exercise doesn’t just make you look younger but may actually turn off the aging process in your chromosomes. A study of people in their 70s who exercised showed that they had the cardiovascular health and muscles of people 30 years younger.

Boost your brain

Exercising, even easy exercise like walking regularly, can boost memory function. Aerobically fit older brains think like young brains.

Strengthen your bones

As we age our bone density decreases (actually it starts in our 30s) which increases the risk of osteoporosis, falls and fractures. Strength training and weight bearing exercises increase bone density helping you stay fit and active for longer.

See you in class!

Take a look at our online classes here

Louise Lowery, Sarah Clough and Angela Hurst in the studio at Space.

#Fitness #GetHealthy #HealthyLife #HealthTalk

134 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All
Stay in touch & join the SPACE community.
  • Facebook Group

Join our Facebook Group

The Fabulous Feel Good Club


As with all fitness and exercise programmes, when doing exercise you need to use your common sense. To reduce and avoid injury, you will want to check with your doctor before beginning any fitness programme. By performing any fitness exercises without supervision, you are performing them at your own risk. Space Fitness and Wellbeing will not be responsible or liable for any injury or harm you sustain as a result of this fitness programme, DVD, online fitness video or information shared on our website. This includes emails, videos and text.

It is the responsibility of the participant to ensure: 

  • there is sufficient space to perform the exercises safely and move freely without obstacles or obstructions, free from furniture, equipment and other hazards – a minimum of four square metres per person.

  • any equipment is safe and in a suitable condition for the activity being performed.

  • the surrounding floor space is entirely clear to remove any hazards that may increase the risk of slips, trips or falls.

  • there are no distractions throughout the duration of the session.

  • there is sufficient heating, lighting, ventilation and hydration.

Space Fitness and Wellbeing

Moor Cottage Studio | Moor Road | Burley Woodhead | Ilkley | LS29 7BE

Tel: 07971 988 401 |


  • Facebook
  • Instagram