Give the gift of Pilates

Older people should be given a course of pilates lessons as a birthday gift rather than slippers or chocolates, according to Diana Moran, the ‘Green Goddess’ exercise guru.

Moran, 78, said people in their 60s and 70s can have greater fitness than millennials because they did no spend their childhoods playing video games.

However, it is essential that they continue to exercise in old age, she told an audience at the Oxford Literary Festival.

Moran, who earned her nickname when she appeared on BBC breakfast television in a green leotard, said: “I see people in gym classes that are in their 60s and 70s that are much fitter than those in their 30s and 40s. They had to walk to school, were made to do sport and PE, and because of that our bone bank is stronger.

“When I ask for presents I ask for pilates lessons, things to help my hobbies and stimulate my brain, not slippers and chocolates.”

Janie Ash