Exercise for the elderly

Happy elderly people exercising with resistance bands as part of elderly fitness programmes

Why are elderly fitness programmes so important?

As we age, maintaining a regular exercise routine becomes increasingly more important to our overall wellbeing. Remaining active can help muscles to stay strong, improve flexibility, improve brain function, support the cardiovascular system, increase balance, and boost the immune system. If your loved ones remain active, they are more likely to be independent and able to stay in their own home in their later years.

It is recommended that older people focus on two types of physical activity, aerobic or cardio exercise and strength exercise. According to the NHS guidelines, adults aged 65 and older should aim to be active every day and try to do between 75 and 150 minutes of aerobic/cardio activity every week. Strength exercises should also be included on two or more days a week that work all of the major muscles, including legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms.

Here are some online elderly fitness programmes to help encourage safe exercise  in later years.

Action for Elders offer a free guide to get fitter and feel better for those who are over 60. You can take part in an online elderly fitness programme or exercise at home in your own time using a video from their library. 

Virtual Village Hall, in conjunction with the Royal Voluntary Service, offers a wide range of different online activities, including positive posture, laughter yoga, Zumba, Mobilates and chair-based exercises.

Anti-Cancer Lifestyle Program offer a free eBook specifically written for those over 50 who want to “add days to your life and life to your days”. In this book there is advice on how to create a personalised exercise routine that you can stick to.

Body coach Jo Wicks offers a range of workouts for varying abilities on his YouTube channel:

If you find being more active is a challenge for your elderly loved ones, Age UK, recommends that you try to stand regularly and work towards doing the exercises without any assistance. They suggest doing some gentle stretches, initially when lying down or sitting and eventually when standing. Also recommended is regularly walking between the rooms of your house, and increasing the speed as you get stronger.

If you prefer to get out and about to be active, click here for a list of ideas.

Why choose Bright Care

Bright Care offers companionship style care that focuses on building meaningful relationships, establishing trust and helps your loved ones to remain active in their later years. Our in-home care services provide peace of mind for families who cannot always be there to care for their loved ones.

If you would like to know more about the tailored elder care services we offer, please get in touch with our team today. 

We are recruiting exceptional Care Assistants in the South East of England and Scotland. If you are interested in a rewarding career in care, please apply now.

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