Stay Active Older Adults

Physical activity and exercise can help you stay healthy, energetic and independent as you get older.

Many adults aged 65 and over spend, on average, 10 hours or more each day sitting or lying down, making them the most sedentary age group.  They’re paying a high price for their inactivity, with higher rates of falls, obesity, heart disease and early death compared with the general population.  As you get older, it becomes even more important to remain active if you want to stay healthy and maintain your independence.

If you do not stay active, all the things you’ve always enjoyed doing and taken for granted may start to become that little bit harder.  You may struggle to pursue simple pleasures, such as playing with the grandchildren, walking to the shops, leisure activities and meeting up with friends.  You might start to get aches and pains you never had before and have less energy to go out. You may also be more vulnerable to falling.   This can all lead to being less able to look after yourself and do the things you enjoy.

Restrictions in place due to COVID-19 can make it even more difficult to keep active.  Here are a few hints, tips and ideas of how you can keep moving while staying at home.

Low Level Mobility Routine with re:fresh

Strength Exercises - Seated or Standing with re:fresh

FURTHER SUPPORT

For personalised support, information, motivation or guidance to look after your emotional and physical health call The Wellbeing Service on 01254 682037 or email wellbeing@blackburn.gov.uk

Phone lines are open 09:00-17:00 Monday to Friday

If you are in desperate need of food, are worried about paying for gas and electricity, or need support for your mental wellbeing while you’re isolated at home, get in touch with the BwD Help Hub on 01254 588111.

Phone lines are open 09:00-17:00 Monday to Friday

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