Keeping active is essential to maintain good physical and mental health. Movement helps pump oxygen to our brains, helps our lymphatic system get rid of toxins and releases pressure on our immune system.
With more of us working from home, it’s important to make sure you stay active during the day. Sitting for long periods is thought to slow the metabolism, which affects the body's ability to regulate blood sugar, blood pressure and break down body fat.
If you can try to get outside for a walk then do, alternatively there are many online fitness videos and streamed classes you can join in with.
Kent Sport also have an excellent range of links to resources that you can access which you'll find listed below.
In addition, the Sport England Stay In Work Out website includes ideas for all age groups and levels of fitness.
The following resources are courtesy of Kent Sport.
Resources Suitable for older people
- 10 Today Videos or 10 Today Podcasts
- Move it or lose it
- Paracise: Free daily three-minute exercises plus weekly 15-minute sessions – a low impact exercise to music class.
- Chartered Society of Physiotherapists: Six basic exercises to stay strong as you age. There is also a short film, written descriptions and a single page leaflet which can be printed off
- One You workout videos
- NHS sitting exercises
- NHS flexibility exercises
- NHS balance exercises
- NHS strength exercises
- NHS gym free workouts
Resources suitable for people with long term health conditions
- We are undefeatable: Advice and ideas to be active at home
- Activity Alliance: General and impairment specific ideas to get active
- British Gymnastic Foundation Dementia programme: Their Love to Move programme, delivered in care homes and monitored by Age UK with positive. View their free online classes.
Resources suitable for children and families
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