Gentle exercises

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Most of us can get some low-impact exercise by going on a walk, but if that’s not possible for you at the moment then you might be wondering what exercises you can do at home. This page looks at resources for exercising safely at home as well as livestreamed classes you can follow along to.

If you know of any resources or classes missing from this list, please let us know by filling out this form.

Resources

Age UK

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/health-wellbeing/exercise/simple-exercises-inactive-adults/

  • Detailed advice on exercise for older adults
  • Covers exercises to do when you find physical activity difficult, how to look after your feet and how to avoid a fall

NHS

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/easy-low-impact-exercises/

  • Covers a wide range of easy exercises with a specific “Home exercises” section
  • Exercises cover sitting, strength, flexibility and balance exercises

Active at Home 

Gentle exercises 

  • This booklet contains strengthening, cardio and stretching, exercises that can be completed using minimal equipment and a chair. 
  • They offer simple and fun ways to promote staying active at home.  

Generation Games 

https://www.generationgames.org.uk/

  • A set of exercise videos for older people including chair-based exercises 

Move it or lose it 

https://www.youtube.com/user/MoveitorloseitUK

  • A Youtube channel dedicated to gentle exercises for older people 
  • Exercises focus on balance and feeling steady on your feet,  

Strengthen and stretch 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6wXtD9ATjlRISVIBuWgC-g

  • Youtube channel with morning routines and exercises aimed at those over the age of 70 

Live classes

10 today 

  • A 10-minute radio show each day with exercises designed for and by older adults 
  • You can tune in live if you’re in Bradford or Cornwall, or just listen online here: https://10today.co.uk/tune-in/ 

The Class

https://digitalstudio.theclass.com/live-streaming

  • Classes are livestreamed 7 days a week and throughout the day
  • Paid-for platform

Mobility issues and health conditions 

Wheelchair-based exercises 

Multiple sclerosis 

Arthritis 

Down’s Syndrome 

Heart conditions 

Parkinson’s 

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