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Older Adults Active at Home

Keep it Gentle – Especially good for Older Adults

These resources are suitable for everyone but particularly good if you’re older. If you’re supporting someone who doesn’t have access to the internet some of these resources can also be printed.

These specific exercises are great for all ages, but particularly if you’re over 65:


Adaptive Yoga with WheelPower

Yoga is a safe and effective way to increase strength, flexibility and your balance that can lead to improvements in both your physical and mental wellbeing. At WheelPower they believe that lives can be transformed through sport and physical activity and have launched a series of Adaptive Yoga videos to encourage wheelchair users to exercise from the comfort of their homes.


Later Life Training – Make Movement Your Mission

Sessions are delivered three times a day (8am, 12, and 4pm) for 10 minutes with live functional movement from Monday 23 March. 


Workout Videos

Learn how exercise helps with healthy ageing, and how to stay active over time with a great variety of fun and exciting workouts which will get your heart pumping and increase your breathing. Choose from motivating aerobic, to strength workouts, and don’t forget to add some balance and flexibility exercises into your routine. Exercise and physical activity are not only great for you mental and physical health, but they can help keep you independent.  Follow the advice on the website before taking part in the online classes.


Generation Games

A set of simple set of exercise videos designed with older people and beginners in mind. These exercises will improve your fitness, strengthen your muscles and improve your balance. The exercises have been carefully selected as they are easy, fun and suitable for everyone, whatever ability and fitness level.  There are very few medical problems which make exercise unadvisable, if you are concerned about this, please talk to your GP or explore the Generation Games website.


National Institute on Ageing 

This 60 minute sample home video from the National Institute on Ageing has been designed with seniors in mind. The video includes excellent instructions on how to adapt the exercises to meet your needs. The workout will help to improve your fitness, balance and muscle strength. Listen to your body, do what you are able to, and enjoy the workout. You will need some equipment for this workout, a sturdy chair with arms; two equally weighed objects like dumbbells, soup cans, or water bottles; two tennis balls; a mat; and a towel.


We love to dance workouts

There are a wide selection of ‘We love to dance’ workouts choreographed to the best hits of the 80s available on YouTube. Each workout is fun and exhilarating, and helps improve the sense of wellbeing, however some of the workouts are faster paced, so choose a track that is suitable for you.  Dancing isn’t just fun, it’s also really good for your health, so if you’re feeling inspired and want to learn a new skill, dancing could be a great form of exercise for you.


Yoga Workouts

A great range of yoga workouts for beginners right though to advanced yogis. Yoga is an ancient form of exercise designed to build strength and flexibility while moving in time with the breath. With the focus on relaxation, breathing and slow gentle movements, yoga can help reduce stress, tension and anxiety, and encourage relaxation, and a sense of wellbeing. Some of the poses are performed on the floor, some in a standing position, so choose a workout that is best for you, listen to your body, and the excellent advice given by the instructor.
You will need a blanket and some blocks for the sessions, but you could use a rolled up towel or blanket if you don’t have blocks.


10 minute Physical Activity Routines 

A series of 10 minutes of simple, easy to follow, physical activity routines to get you moving and stretching, with good advice and encouragement offered throughout. These workouts are great for your health, balance, and building your strength, and can be done either sitting down or standing up. You are encouraged to work at your own pace, and there are different exercise options offered, depending on your fitness level.


Tai Chi Qigong, Shibashi, set 1

This simple to follow, gentle exercise routine is deeply relaxing and will help to improve health and wellbeing. The gentle rocking motions and stretching movements improve circulation and digestion, the chest exercises and controlled breathing are good for the lungs, and the overall effect helps reduce mental stress and physical tension carried in the muscles. Concentrate on breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth.  Shibashi is easy to learn, effective, and suitable for people of all ages as it doesn’t put too much stress on the muscles and joints, and it can be practiced either sitting or standing. Find somewhere quiet and peaceful to practice, outdoors is great if the weather is nice.


Tai Chi Qigong, set 2

As with the first set, this simple to follow, gentle exercise routine is deeply relaxing, and will help to improve health and wellbeing, reduce mental stress and any physical tension felt in the muscles. Set 2 is a little more physically challenging than set 1, and is a great way to expand on the first set of Shibashi. It’s a good idea to practice and master a few of the movements before moving on and practicing more of the moves. Try to move in a slow and controlled manner, as recommended, it will help improve your balance more effectively, and also concentrate on breathing, in through the nose, and out through the mouth. Find somewhere quiet and peaceful to practice, outdoors is great if the weather is nice.


Chair Based Yoga

This is an easy paced, fun, chair-based yoga workout suitable for all ages and abilities, and is simple to follow. The instructor is friendly, and motivating, she demonstrates the moves really well, though she doesn’t offer alternative options, and the range of movement for some of the lower body exercises may be a little challenging, so it’s important just to do what you’re able to, and reduce the range if need be. A variety of workouts on YouTube, delivered by the same instructor, and accompanied by great music tracks, so give them a try.


10 Today

These exercise videos are really good, however please be aware that are a few exercises which require you to life your arms above your head. The real positive about 10 today is they not only have a YouTube channel but also a radio station.


Move it or lose it UK

A series of videos designed for older people, most are chair based exercises using small weights and bands.


Go4Life Exercise Videos

The Go4Life exercise videos are good videos for our fitter elders, with routines ranging from 15 minutes to 1 hour.


Smart Move Videos

Smart Moves has videos on warm up’s as well as cardiovascular, strength and core training. A lot of the exercises on here you might well see in a Health Development team session.


Getting Started

Designed to be ‘just enough’ for those at home who are looking for a low intensity exercise program which is practical for most all levels fitness. A great option for beginning a weight loss program as well as for senior fitness, Getting Started removes the barrier to entry. Trouble with balance? Look for the chair based episodes.


Chair Based Cardio and Yoga Exercises

A round-up of strength, chair-based, cardio and yoga exercises that can be done anywhere from your living room to your garden. Whether you are self-isolating, shielding or following the current advice to stay at home, it’s important to keep moving. Staying active can help boost your immune system and manage symptoms of heart and circulatory disease so you can still carry on with daily life. It’s also a good way to boost your mood and make yourself feel better.


10 strength and flexibility exercises

Simple exercises to help with strength and flexibility. 10 exercises you can do in the comfort of your home with no special equipment needed.