Staying physically active is the single most important thing we can do to stay fit and independent.
As we grow older we lose muscle strength and sense of balance and this can lead to a fall. The more active we remain, the better the chance of keeping our muscles strong, our joints mobile and maintaining good balance.
Jenny Enever, one of Council’s Ageing Well Ambassadors and a MLHD Gentle Exercise Leader in Howlong has been staying active and at home during the COVID-19 health pandemic.
Jenny's tips for a good exercise plan include:
This is to warm up all muscle groups that are used in the up-coming program.
Watch the video of Jenny's undertaking some warm up exercises from this page.
This is where we increase the activity of our heart and lungs such as walking or riding the bike.
This includes balance and strength exercises. Take the time to focus on safety, good technique, balance, breathing, relaxation and having FUN.
For more information for seniors exercising at home, download the Staying Active Guide from this page or visit the Active Healthy website
How Can You Stay Fit From Your Seat?
Chair exercise allows those who otherwise would not be able to exercise consistently improve their strength, cardiovascular fitness, and mobility—without the high risk of injury present during traditional exercise routines. Seated exercises are gentler on the joints and will reduce pain, not add to it.
Jenny Enever has prepared a video of herself doing a “Chair Stand.” This exercise helps strengthens your abdomen and thighs, and may make it easier to get in and out of the car. A handout is also available for download from this page.
The NSW Office of Sport have also compiled a great resource to help you find suitable ways to safely exercise in and around your home during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The exercise handout is for educational purposes only. You should consult your physician or other health care professional before starting this or any other fitness program to determine if it is right for your needs.