Advice on Getting Active during Covid-19 for older adults

Older adults should do some type of physical activity every day. At the current time when many older people might not be able to access their usual activities, it is especially important for them to stay active in and around their homes. 

We’ve gathered together links to online fitness videos and workout routines aimed at older adults that can be accessed online. You can also find some printable exercise guides below.

Lets Move 7 Ways to Get Active

The Lets Move 7 days, 7 districts 7 ways to get active video, features simple strength based exercises that can easily be done at home with everyday objects. Try one everyday of the week.

Ten Today

Easy to follow, 10-minute daily home workouts designed to help older people stay active at home during the Covid-19 outbreak.  The audio exercise routines are available on demand through BBC Sounds and broadcast live on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra.

Move it or Lose It

A series of fitness videos for older adults 

Home Exercises with Erica

Gentle exercises and activities that get your body moving will help to improve your strength, balance, flexibility and coordination.

NHS exercises

British Heart Foundation Exercises

Tonic Health, Movement for Memory seated exercise sessions

Funded by us through the Sport England Tackling Inequalities Fund, these seated exercise sessions were produced for those with Dementia and their carers, but are also suitable for older adults with restricted mobility who want a seated class.

Watch the videos here.

Vitality Exercise and Movement

Vitality who run exercise classes in Lincolnshire for the over 60s, have an online leaflet outlining a mainly chair based routine.

Shape Master UK

Shape Master have a range of exercise videos on their Youtube Channel, including chair based exercises for the less mobile.

Public Health England Active at Home Booklet

This Active at Home booklet from Public Health England (PHE) aims to help older adults keep up their activity levels while isolating due to coronavirus (Covid-19). The guide has been developed and has been developed by PHE, Sport England, Sheffield Hallam University and the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine – with expert support from a range of partners, including Age UK, the Centre for Ageing Better and the Chartered Society for Physiotherapy.
A printable pdf of the guide can be found here.

Stay Healthy Lockdown Guide

The University of Manchester and Greater Manchester Ageing have published a guide to support older people stay healthy during the Covid-19 lockdown. A printable pdf can be found here. This may be particularly useful to print out for older adults who might not be able to access the internet at home.

Exercising Safely

If you’re unsure about your ability, it might be wise to start gradually and build up. Please feel free to refer to the UK Chief Medical Officer’s Physical Activity Guidelines when determining the level of activity appropriate to you.

Make sure you warm up and cool down to prevent injury, and make sure you keep hydrated.

Stop the exercises immediately if you feel faint or unwell, and if you still feel dizzy or unwell have a rest. Next time try something less strenuous, building up your activity gradually.

Make sure your workout area is safe and free of obstacles before exercising.

Speak to your GP (on the phone) if you have any concerns about exercising.