Health & wellbeing
Aim for a blend of aerobic exercise, strength/resistance training, and stretching/flexibility exercises to improve your mobility, build strength, and enhance your balance and coordination.
Yoga and pilates are low-impact activities that are easy on your joints but build muscle and core strength, improve flexibility and strengthen bones. Many of the exercises are done in sitting or reclining positions. Find an introductory class to get you started – some are specially designed for older adults.
Walking, swimming, and using a static bike are all good choices for boosting lung function and stamina. Just thirty minutes a day will make a difference, which you can even do in short 10-minute bursts.
There are simple, low-impact exercises you can do at home each day to help reverse muscle loss and burn body fat, including stair climbing, squats, and single-leg stands. You can even incorporate light hand weights or a resistance band for extra benefit.
Sadly not! The effort isn’t enough to raise your heart rate, although it will help break up the time you spend sitting down.
Research shows it's never too late to start reaping the health benefits of a more active lifestyle. Enjoy!
Take a look at our let's get physical campaign, which encouraged residents to get active and try something new.
At Care UK, we encourage residents to stay active by rekindling their interest in long lost hobbies or supporting them to try something new - there are some great examples of this on our wishing tree page.
If you or an older loved one are looking for ways to stay active, speak to your local Care UK care home.