Exercise is important and there are many benefits.
Keeping fit can help with weight loss or maintaining your weight, reduce stress and anxiety, uplift your mood, help you get a better night's sleep and build up muscle strength, among many more benefits.
The NHS and World Health Organisation recommend trying to get over 150 minutes of physical activity a week, or 30 minutes a day, so it’s important to try and be active everyday. Low impact exercises are a great form of exercise to try when you’re just beginning, as low impact exercises can help to improve your overall health and fitness, and build up your strength without putting too much pressure on or harming your joints.
But what if you’re staying at home, can’t get out and about or not as stable or mobile as you’d like? Below we’ve listed some ideas to get you fit from the comfort of your home.
Chair based exercises
Doing gentle chair based exercises are just one of the ways that you can increase your amount exercise at home and it’s a great way of starting to do low impact exercises. Chair based exercises have many benefits, as they can help improve mobility and help to prevent falls by increasing strength, flexibility and balance.
Find examples of chair based exercises below to get you started:
Try a home workout video
Whilst the days of home workout DVDs may be behind us, the internet has opened up a world of activities and exercises we can do as older people from home. Today, you can access videos from personal trainers in a matter of seconds – all you need is a good Wi-Fi connection. Online videos offer many benefits including being convenient, having lots of variety online, and one of the best things - they are free!
Below we’ve listed some sites offering home workout videos: