Carrying the shopping makes over-65s stronger

Older people should carry their own shopping to stay stronger. Physiotherapists say this is important for the over-65s to maintain their strength. Millions of people risk falling over and injuring their hips if they do not maintain their strength. Nearly a quarter of over-65s don't keep their muscles strong. A spokesperson said over-65s can also do activities that involve stepping and jumping, like dancing, or chair aerobics.

The physiotherapists warned that the rise of Internet shopping means older people are not getting a "shopping workout". Research shows that getting stronger makes people healthier, so it is important that people focus on their strength as they age. Older people can also do gardening, vacuuming and standing up regularly. A physiotherapist said: "We must move past the idea that becoming weaker and frailer is inevitable as we get older."