“Older people need Pilates lessons for their birthday instead of chocolates”, says Diana Moran, the ‘Green Goddess’ exercise guru from BBC breakfast TV in the 1980s.
She has recently co-written a book, Sod Sitting, Get Moving! with Prof Sir Muir Gray, clinical advisor to Public Health England. Prof Gray urged older people to find exercise classes that they enjoy, and to walk everywhere if they can. He says:
“We have this thing where, if our elderly mum is getting on and she can’t get to the shops any more, that we go and help her. This is completely wrong. We need more activity with every year that passes.”