For those over 60 with deteriorating health, getting outside and exercising was already a challenge. Now with the third lockdown, completing their daily dose of exercise is even more difficult.
The good news is staying active doesn’t mean you have to leave the house. It can include simple activities like home workouts and chores around your home or garden.
To help guide you to being able to safely complete up to 30 minutes of movement each day we have put together some exercises you can do at home.
Sit and Stand
Sit your upper body up straight and position yourself towards the edge of your seat. Now push yourself up into standing position, place your hands on your knees to push up or use a rail to help.
Short, regular walks
If you are able, regularly walk between rooms. You may require an aid to do this. Aim to take this short walks at least every hour or so. If you need to stop, have your furniture arranged so there are places to rest around your home.
While seated, place your hands on the arm of the chair, directly beneath your shoulders. Push yourself upwards until your arms are fully extended. Then move yourself back down to seated.
While sitting or lying down, bring your toes up towards your shin, then stretch by pointing them downwards. Another way to stretch while sitting is to lift your leg up off the chair, keep your knee bent and then return to the ground.
If you spend a large period of the day sitting, then taking the time to stand every hour can really help.
The NHS website is full of ideas and suggestions for easy exercises. Including ones, you can do at home. Read more here https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/easy-low-impact-exercises/.