SNP MSP Clare Adamson took part in Age Scotland’s Tai Chi session at the Scottish Parliament on 27th September in support of the Let’s Get Moving campaign. 

Age Scotland’s Let’s Get Moving campaign aims to raise awareness about the importance of physical activity and exercise and encourage people to build this into their daily lives. Age Scotland hopes to widely share the message of the benefits of moving more and sitting less, promote existing opportunities for active ageing and showcase examples of activities in partnership with local groups. 

According to the self-report data from the 2014 Scottish Health Survey, only about half of adults aged 65-74 years meet the physical activity guidelines. Physical activity levels generally decline with age as only 26% of adults over the age of 75 meet the physical activity guidelines. 

Physical activity benefits health in many ways including the reduction of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, joint and back pain, cancers, depression and dementia. Age Scotland hopes to promote many different forms of exercise to help people improve sleep, manage stress, maintain healthy weight and improve quality of life. 

Clare Adamson participated in a Tai Chi session and discussed the ways she keeps active to highlight the importance of keeping physical activity to healthy lifestyles. 

Commenting, Clare Adamson said: 

“I was delighted to participate in Age Scotland’s Let’s Get Moving campaign. Older adults in particular face a number of internal and environmental barriers to becoming and remaining active. Age Scotland’s campaign is a fun and interactive way to promote the importance of physical activity.” 

Copyright 2015 Clare Adamson MSP