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Physical activity at home for seniors

A how-to guide

With daily routines disrupted and social communities disbanded, is time to adjust, to re-think, and help bring some normality and structure back into your lives. Physical activity can be that adjustment, and now more than ever it will help to keep both your mind and body strong.

Move More

Activity is anything that works for you. So if that means starting small and moving more, then that is the place to start.

Some days you may find it hard to find the motivation to do planned activity or exercises, so why not simply try to move a little more and break up those long periods of sitting. At each hour try to walk into a different room, go look out the window or take 10 deep breaths in your outside space or garden.

To encourage you to move a little more why not put the radio on, or play your favourite song or piece of music and have a little dance or shake to get those positive thoughts flowing.

Indoor Fitness

If you do find yourself having more energy and range of movement then Move it or Lose it UK have created a host of online videos which will help improve balance, strength and flexibility. They even have a fun Cuppa Routine that can be done when you are waiting for that kettle to boil.

Similarly, iCareiMove, The NHS and The British Heart Foundation have some online workouts, including chair-based exercises to improve strength, flexibility and circulation.

Full Body Workout for Seniors

 

10-Minute Chair Workout for Seniors

 

10-Minute Home Workout for Seniors

 

ACTIVITY WITH A LONG-TERM HEALTH CONDITION

We are Undefeatable is a nationwide campaign established to support and celebrate people living with a long-term health condition. There are numerous videos which explore the stories of inspirational individuals and resources to support you to be active.

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists have also put together a range of resources to help your activity journey get started.

The NHS has produced a pilates-inspired 30 minute workout suitable for people with several conditions including multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic pain and fibromyalgia.

Osteoporosis

If you have osteoporosis the Royal Osteoporosis Society has a series of workout videos just for you.

About Active Dorset 

Our role as Active Dorset is to help support all of you, to find or continue ways to be active in a way that works for you. We would love for us all to say connected during this time and you can do so by following the #DorsetDailyDose. Each day we will be sharing on twitter a daily dose of either:

  • top tips to keep you active
  • challenges and tasks for your body and mind
  • Connecting people and their stories

We also have a dedicated webpage where you can get your #DorsetDailyDose of physical activity and look after your mental health.

How are you taking care of your wellbeing?

Join the Five Ways Challenge today to receive tips, ideas and inspiration to take care of your wellbeing. Get in touch or register with us to access free advice and coaching to LiveWell.

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How does this work?

The tailored approach LiveWell Dorset uses to come up with solutions to the things that are stopping us achieving our goals, is based upon work done by University College London developing the COM-B model of behaviour change. In this model, all behaviour is influenced by understanding a person’s capability to change, their opportunity to change and their motivation to change. By understanding which of these is the biggest barrier to change, we can tailor support accordingly. This model of behaviour change is at the centre of the support we offer, online and in person.

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