Physical activity is one of the most effective ways of positively influencing our health. Regular exercise can lower our risk of getting serious conditions, such as stroke, heart disease and certain cancers. It can add years to our lives, but most importantly, it keeps us happy and helps us maintain our independence.
The following exercise materials have been designed to help strengthen the muscles and bones we need to keep us active and prevent us from having a fall in later life.
They are designed to be used on their own at home, but to get the best results, supplement them by joining a class, and speaking to a qualified instructor.
Your GP will be able to advise you on local classes and activities suitable for you. Alternatively, check the fit for the future pages to find out about health and wellbeing projects run by your local Age Concern.
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There are lots of simple things you can do to help you stay steady on your feet. This guide has information for everyone, whether you’re fit and active, have difficulty walking and getting around, or are worried about falling.
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Strength and balance exercises for healthy ageing£6 + p&p
This A4 work book is a step-by-step guide of chair-based and standing exercises to improve strength and balance. Each exercise is clearly illustrated and described, one per page, within a spiral-bound stand. The pages can be easily displayed and flipped over during a workout.Please note: the contents of this book are for general information only and are not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice.
You should consult your GP before starting an exercise programme, and you may wish to perform the exercises for the first time in the company of an exercise specialist.
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For more details on any of these publications and to buy your copy, please call 0800 169 65 65.
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Keeping mobile is the key to an independent life. This leaflet offers advice on staying fit and active, and looks at sources of help if you do have problems getting around.
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