Activities for Older People

We are facing some uncertain times where our normal habits and routines are being hugely affected. Without knowing when 'normality' might resume, we need to be creative and resourceful in order to maintain our physical and mental wellbeing. Luckily, there are a range of online resources coming our daily with fantastic tips, ideas and virtual sessions that everybody at home can join in with at their own pace.

Before you start......

HOW ARE YOU FEELING?

If you don't feel yourself or any exisitng long term health condition has become unstable, DO NOT exercise. If you feel that you are developing any symptoms of Corona Virus please follow NHS guidelines.

ARE YOU EXERCISING ALONE?

Make sure you tell someone if you are going to be doing some activity. Keep your phone close by and stop if you feel pain or become light headed/dizzy.

IS THERE ENOUGH ROOM?

If you are going to exercise at home you might need to move some furniture. If you are using a chair, make sure it's a sturdy one, prefereably with no arms so that you have room to move better.

FINALLY...STAY HYDRATED!

Free Virtual Chair Based Exercise Sessions with Get Berkshire Active

Due to current restrictions the Ever Active Team of Get Berkshire Active are delivering all sessions virtually. All of our sessions are led by qualified instructors, pitched at a gentle intensity and are perfect for those who may not have been active for a while, shielding and/are looking to rebuild confidence about being active again. Click the links below

Each session has time allocated to socialise and connect with others taking part

Before attending our free sessions listed above we kindly ask all participants to complete the following registration form which you can access by clicking this link - Registration Form - Ever Active Virtual sessions (office.com)

Lastly we ask if all participants can read the following code of conduct form to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience when participating in class. Please click the following link activity-timetable.pdf (getberkshireactive.org)

Book your place

Mondays at 10am, Chair Yoga with Sami – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/136449158105

Tuesdays at 11am, Gentle Chair exercise with Debbie and Mandy from Mindset Massage – https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZctd-uppjwvHdD0UHLA0KM1bGFWFz-cUcYh

Wednesdays at 11am, Gentle Chair exercise with Kate – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/136450191195

Thursdays at 11am, Gentle Chair exercise with Kate - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/137594156827

Fridays at 11.15am, Gentle Chair exercise with Hayley - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/136450532215

This is a fantastic addition to our Ever Active program.

We are so excited that the ladies at Mindset-Massage are supporting us at GBA. Their weekly Seated Chair Exercise Sessions are providing a wonderful experience for many who may otherwise be excluded from taking part in exercise classes.

What you or someone you care for can do at home

NB It's important to give people an option to be active but you shouldn't lead someone in activity if you aren't qualified. Supervising safety is of real benefit and there are lots of resources that you can show people but they should always be reminded they take part at their own risk. If they have any medical conditions that can be exacerbated by physical activity then they should not be encouraged to do so.

Fall-Proof Resources

Strength and balance exercises you can do at home.

10 Today Exercise Routine

Just 10 minutes of physical activity a day can benefit your physical and mental health.

10 Today involves short ten minute routines to get you stretching and moving, and will be broadcast on the radio and online. 10 Today's vision is a world where being physically active is part of daily life for older people.

Fun activities to do at home from Nick Rance, Get Berkshire Active

Nick Rance, Community Physical Activity Manager at Get Berkshire Active, is supporting the Berkshire residents with videos of home exercises and physical activity.

Fun and simple activities can help you staying strong and active.

Watch Nick's videos and share it from the Facebook Page to support your friends and relatives with ideas for home activities.

Community Sessions now delivering online

Neeta Madahar is running chair yoga classes online during the COVID-19 restrictions period. Yoga is proven to improve physical and mental wellbeing: strengthen the body , help with sleep, memory, ability to focus, improve flexibility.

Join Neeta's classes on Tuesdays and Fridays. Contact Neeta neeta.madahar@yahoo.co.uk for details.

What people are saying about Neeta's classes:

"I always look forward to Neeta's yoga classes as I leave them feeling relaxed but energised" - Karen

"I find the classes relaxing, calming and focus my attention on my body moving and breathing. Afterwards I am focused, clear thinking, more flexible in movements and my legs and arms are stronger. You bring fun into your class and I really enjoy them. Thank you very much." - Pauline

"Neeta's approach to teaching is very sympathetic and it is very much ok to work at your own level without worrying what everyone else is doing" - Karen

Other resources

Let's Stay Connected

Are you a current member of an activity group run by Get Berkshire Active, Ever Active or one of our partners?

If you are feeling isolated and want to get in touch with other members of your group then get in touch. We might be able to put you in contact with your friends or the instructor that was delivering your sessions! Contact us at info@getberkshireactive.org

Want some advice on activities for your condition?

We want to keep you all as active as you can so get in touch with us and we will try to give you some ideas, or put you in touch with an expert that might be able to help more than we can.

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