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Around The House In 80 Days

Around the House in 80 Days (ATH80) is a new health and wellbeing initiative aimed at helping older people to increase their physical movement and build strength, balance and flexibility from the comfort of their own surroundings at the same time as making new connections.  

We know that having fun is the best way to motivate ourselves to move more and sit less.  With this is mind, we have developed a range of simple daily movement exercises with a fun twist.  From the ‘Bedroom Boogie’ to some ‘Bathroom Banter’ and ‘Kitchen Capers’, Around the House in 80 Days aims to turn everyday activities around the home into an opportunity to get moving!

What does ATH80 entail?

For the whole month of November, each Monday to Friday, we will upload three short 10 minute movement bites to the Age Scotland YouTube channel at 10am, 1pm and 4pm.   

Our friendly health and wellbeing professionals, Jenny and Yolanda, will guide you through the movements and encourage you to build them into your daily routine.

Our first session will take place on Monday 2nd November at 10am on the Age Scotland YouTube channel and will continue each weekday until the end of the month.  Carers and family members of any age are very welcome to join in too and can also help you get started.

What happens afterwards?

Following on from the exercises in November, we’d like to encourage and motivate you to keep moving and to introduce you to helpful resources via our optional phone-based health and wellbeing friendship circles during December and January. 

You can join the circles at any stage and dip in and out of sessions as much as you like.  These will be open to people who may not have taken part in the movement sets but who want to know a bit more about their health and well-being and would like the support of a small group and to make new connections.

We will have a limited number of DVDs available for anyone without internet access. These will feature some of the movements on them and will be available in the new year.  To request a copy of the DVD please contact us on 0333 323 2400.

What will you need to take part?

  • Access to the Internet and YouTube via a smart TV, laptop or computer - the sessions will be available to view on Age Scotland’s YouTube channel.
  • To take part in the health and wellbeing friendship circles you will need access to a telephone.
  • A DVD player should you wish to view the exercises on DVD. Please note we will have a limited number of DVDs and these will be available in the new year.
  • Loose, comfortable clothing and good supportive footwear for the daily movement sets.

The StillGoing Project and LifeCurve App

We are delighted to be working in partnership with the StillGoing project and LifeCurve App which are researching how people are ageing in Scotland and the things that help them age well.  

The LifeCurve App has a lot of helpful advice and activities that will support you while you take part in ATH80 and beyond.   It can be downloaded to any smart phone or tablet and when registering please link to the ATH80 project as a partner.  The research project is based in Strathclyde University and you can contact Susan Kelso for more information or for any queries by emailing susan.kelso@strath.ac.uk or by visiting www.stillgoingproject.co.uk

Looking after your health and safety

The ATH80 project has been developed by Age Scotland in accordance with the current evidence-base, with regards to physical exercises and movements that are beneficial and safe for older adults. 

Please take responsibility for your own health and safety during the movement sets.  There will be standing and seated options and you should choose the option which is best for you.  Make sure you have a bit of space around you to move around safely and have a support such as a chair or worktop at hand if this will help you with your confidence and comfort. The charity will not accept liability for any accidents or injuries taking place during a session.

Please also take note of the following:

  • If you have any particular health concerns or conditions you may want to discuss these with your health care professional or exercise leader before taking part.
  • You are responsible for monitoring your own health issues during the session.
  • Move at your own pace and intensity and take a break whenever you feel you need to.
  • Keep yourself hydrated and always have a drink of water near to hand.
  • Please make sure you can do the virtual session safely in your own home

Where can I get more information? 

For more information on the ATH80 project and to register for the December and January health & wellbeing friendship circles, please contact our head office by emailing info@agescotland.org.uk or by calling 0333 323 2400 (Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm).

Acknowledgements

With sincere thanks to Later Life Training who have been our inspiration for part of the ATH80 project. They have successfully delivered daily ‘movement snacks’ since 23 March 2020 via their Make Movement Your Mission project.

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