Older adults should do some type of physical activity every day. During Covid-19 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. If you are over 70 and self-isolating you can leave the house for one form of daily exercise providing you keep your distance from others.
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.
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
- NHS seated exercise routine for older people and those with limited mobility
- NHS strength exercises
- NHS balance exercises
- NHS flexibility exercises
British Heart Foundation Exercises
- British Heart Foundation Strength exercises video
- British Heart Foundation Resistant band exercises
- British Heart Foundation Chair based exercises
Vitality Exercise and Movement
Shape Master UK
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.
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.