Keeping fit, healthy, and active doesn’t have to involve hours on the treadmill or intense workouts. There are plenty of high-energy, low-impact exercises you can do right in your house or kitchen. Whether you’re an older adult or new to exercise, you can find workouts that suit your needs and abilities. However, it’s important to speak with a medical professional before starting any exercise routine.
Get Active Victoria
The Victorian Government has launched Get Active Victoria, an initiative designed to inspire everyone to move more every day. The Get Active Victoria website offers a variety of ideas for staying active at home. The workouts range from 10 to 30 minutes and require minimal or no equipment. Whether you’re interested in strength building, cardio, yoga, or dance, there’s something for everyone. The website also provides fun activities for the whole family, as well as tips and advice on staying active safely and staying motivated. You can even track your daily activity on the website and invite friends or family members to join you in a team.
Bill Dooley – Exercise Scientist and Seniors Workout Specialist
Bill Dooley is an exercise scientist known for his seniors-focused home workouts. His Growing Young Exercise Program has received rave reviews and media coverage. The best part is that his workouts range from just two to 30 minutes, so you can easily fit them into your day. These workouts can help improve mobility, strength, and give you a little energy boost. If you enjoy Bill’s workouts, consider visiting his YouTube channel, where he shares excellent exercises for seniors and retirees.
Studio Joy – A FREE 30-minute Online Bollywood Dance Activity
If you’re looking to add some joy and movement to your life, Studio Joy offers a 30-minute online Bollywood dance activity. This activity is suitable for the elderly, individuals with physical disabilities, those in assisted living centers and nursing homes, and anyone young at heart. You can participate in the class either sitting or standing. The class is led by Studio J Dance, with Joshinder, who has extensive experience teaching dance to the senior community, and Jaya, a qualified physiotherapist. They ensure that the class is fun and joyful, specifically catered to the elderly and those with physical restrictions.
Studio J Dance goes live on their YouTube channel every Wednesday morning at 11 am (AEST). You can find more information on Studio J Dance on their website.
Stay Safe While Exercising
It’s important to prioritize safety while exercising. Before starting any exercise, review the movements and start slowly. Listen to your body, especially if you’re new to some of the exercises. If you live alone, always keep a phone within reach. The Safe Exercise at Home website provides useful tips and resources for exercising at home. Take a few minutes to go through their recommendations to ensure a safe workout. Remember, staying safe is essential for staying healthy!
Australian Multicultural Community Services (AMCS) – Moving For Life
AMCS, in association with Sport Australia, is proud to bring you “Moving For Life,” an initiative designed to increase physical activity levels among older Australians. The program offers a range of easy activities and gentle exercises that promote healthy, active aging. With the free Home Resource Kit, you can exercise within the comfort of your own home. These exercises can help delay frailty, maintain independent living, reduce the risk of falling, and enable you to continue doing the things that are important to you, regardless of your age.
For a free Home Resource Kit, you can contact Linzee or visit the AMCS website for more information. Additionally, AMCS now offers Moving For Life online. Activities include dance, yoga, gentle exercise, and Tai Chi. You can join the online community on their Facebook page.
Tai Chi and Qigong with Celestial Tai Chi College
If you’re interested in trying Tai Chi and Qigong, Celestial Tai Chi College offers online videos and free online classes suitable for all ages and abilities. These gentle physical and meditative forms of exercise promote good health, relaxation, and various other benefits such as improved memory, concentration, and balance. You can follow along with the classes from the safety and comfort of your own home. Visit the Celestial Tai Chi College website for more information.
Remember, staying active is vital for maintaining physical and mental well-being. Whether you choose workouts designed for older adults, dance classes, or gentle exercises like Tai Chi, find activities that bring you joy and encourage you to move more every day. Take care of yourself, stay safe, and have fun getting active!
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