Retaining independence often depends upon being able maintain an active lifestyle. Many people over the age of 65 spend as much as 10 hours a day seated, and this habit of inactivity can lead to a higher risk of obesity, heart disease, falls and early death. In order for your elderly friends and family to stay independent and for them to be able to continue doing the activities that they love, it is critical for them to maintain an active lifestyle.

Here are a few of the steps which you can take to help them:

Out and About

Doctors recommend around 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week, or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise. Not all exercise has to be intensive; walking, a gentle bike ride or even a relaxing swim all count.

At Home Exercises

There is a great range of exercises which can be done from home, which can help an elderly relative stay flexible, strong and balanced. These exercises are designed to be gentle, yet are very beneficial; the exercises include stretches, light-lifts and balance training. You can find out more here.

Be Steady, Be Safe

Be Steady, Be Safe is our 24-week programme consisting of balance and strength exercise classes, prescribed home exercise and education. It is designed to keep people over 75 independent and on their feet. There are a range of class times, meaning that it should be easy to find a time which suits you or a relative. You can find more details here.

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