Gentle exercises designed for older people and people with health conditions
We understand the importance of keeping active and the benefits it can bring from reducing arthritis pain to improving sleep and positively affecting memory. This page offers easy to use low impact activities with step by step instructions for either standing or seated activity to suit all.
NHS gentle exercises at home
The NHS website lists some popular activities you can do at home. These resources are suitable for everyone but particularly good if you're older or have health conditions..
- NHS easy, low-impact exercises guide
- NHS sitting exercises
- NHS guides to exercising for strength, balance and flexibility
A set of fun, 10-minute audio and video workouts, intended to easily fit into your day, that help get you stretching and moving at home. Tune in on your radio or watch the recorded videos online.
Move it or Lose it
Move it or Lose it has created a series of fitness videos for older people.
Generation Games, part of Age UK Oxfordshire have recorded free online Home Exercise sessions that are published weekly on their website.
They have also create a simple 40 minutes exercise video with older people in mind to help improve your cardiovascular (heart and lungs) fitness, your muscular strength and your balance. Alternatively follow the new series of 20 exercise classes on YouTube which are on average 20 to 30 minutes each.
Please enjoy and share!
- Watch exercise videos on the Generation Games website
- Watch the Generation Games video on YouTube
- Watch a variety of 20 classes by Generation Games
British Heart Foundation
Ideas for getting active from the British Heart Foundation.
Advice from Diabetes UK about getting active for people with diabetes.
British Heart Foundation Heart Matters Magazine
Advice and videos on doing activities at home to keep yourself fit
Groove Aerobics Lite
Are you missing your weekly Groove session? Groove Lite is now available online for you to work out at your own pace at your own time.
Seated Exercises for Older People
This video includes both balance and strengthening exercises, which can prevent falls and hip fractures. This video is appropriate for those older adults who cannot stand or who need support when standing.
Standing Exercises for Older People
This video includes both balance and strengthening exercises, which can prevent falls and hip fractures. This video is appropriate for those older adults who can stand with minimal support.
60 Minute workout for Older Adults from Go4Life
In this 60-minute exercise video for seniors, Go4Life fitness instructor Sandy Magrath leads older adults through a sample workout featuring a warm up; strength, flexibility, and balance exercises; and a cool down with stretches. Designed specifically for adults over age 50.