There are a number of benefits to keeping fit: it can reduce your risk of major illnesses such as heart disease and stroke, it can help strengthen your balance and mobility in your senior years, and with a strong connection between our physical and mental health, it can also have a significant impact on our mood. The prospect of regular exercise can be intimidating for many of us, especially when we reach our older years and physical activity doesn’t feel as natural as it once did.
Whether you have recently made changes to maintain a healthier diet and want to improve your physical fitness too, or you have limited mobility and your goal is to do a little exercise each day, there are many online resources that can help make staying fit at home easier. With so many endless options, it can be hard to know where to start, which is why we have compiled a list of our top five online exercise programmes for seniors.
- Duration: 10 minutes
- Equipment required: None
- A ten-minute workout with no equipment required, this video brought to you by the nation’s PE teacher, Joe Wicks, is a great one to start with. Containing five simple exercises which can be easily adapted to varying abilities, the movements are separated by rest breaks to ensure you pace yourself.
- Duration: around 20 minutes
- Equipment required: a chair, canned food
- Move it or Lose it, founded by Julie Robinson, focuses on ‘FABS’: flexibility, aerobics, balance and strength. Incorporating both standing and seated low-impact exercises to music, this is a real feel-good workout and is bound to pick up your mood and heart rate. The movements can be adapted to suit all capabilities, so you could always get a loved one or carer involved and do this one together!
- Duration: 10 minutes
- Equipment required: a chair
- This ten-minute video only requires a chair and includes simple exercises to strengthen your core and improve your posture. Brought to you by More Life Health, this video is particularly good for those with limited mobility, as you remain seated and secure.
- Duration: 6 minutes
- Equipment required: a chair, a resistance band
- A short video, these simple seated and standing exercises promote joint movement, balance and good posture. Although some movements include a resistance band, these could either be done without equipment or with canned food as a replacement.
- Duration: 15 minutes
- Equipment required: a worktop/sturdy surface, canned food
- In this video comprised of simple 30-second exercises, Joanna provides different options so that everyone can partake: from someone with reduced balance to those who are feeling a little more confident. You can get your body moving in the safety of your own home, with one hand on the kitchen worktop.
If you need a helping hand…
With all online exercise videos and home workouts, please keep in mind that everyone has differing abilities and it is best to have a helping hand nearby for moral and physical support. If you want to build up your strength over time, it can be beneficial to start with simple movements in your daily routine and then work towards incorporating the exercise videos.
If you would like some support to maintain a healthy lifestyle, here at Helping Hands, we provide high-quality home care to help feel your best, in the place you know best. Whether it is assistance with home exercises, or perhaps someone helping you cook a nutritious meal, each care plan is tailored to your needs, so we can support you as you continue to live life to the fullest.