The Strength and Balance for All film is aimed at older adults who want to stay active and independent for as long as possible. Doing these simple activities at least twice a week in addition to doing a daily walk can help you stay strong and balanced and reduce the risk of falls!
It is important to listen to how your body feels while exercising and stop if you experience anything that doesn’t feel right to you:
- It is also useful that you know that strength and balance exercises can make your muscles feel more tense than usual. This is normal.
- Seek medical advice however if you experience dizziness, chest pain, shortness of breath or muscle pain that does not go away.
- As with other exercise programmes, it is sensible to check with your doctor or nurse before you start on something new.
This film is ideal to keep you active in the home if you are unable to get outside. Aim to reduce the time you spend sitting (sedentary). In the hours that you would normally be awake try to move more and sit less. Doing the activities and trying to keep active by moving around your home will also increase your confidence!
We’ve split the film up into sections in case you only want to do a particular part once you’re familiar with it.
2: Main Exercises for Strength and Balance
3: Seated exercises for strength and balance
4: Quick reminders
Did you enjoy it? Keep going! Bums off Seats, the Fife walking initiative, can give you information about joining a local community health walk. Walking with a group is great fun, you meet new people, make friends all whilst being active.