Activity ideas: Exercise at home

Ideas for staying physically active at home during lockdown.

For all of us, regular physical activity is a key part of staying fit and well. Readjusting how we enjoy getting exercise is an ordinary part of life, but it’s especially important as dementia progresses and if we need to stay at home due to coronavirus

Many people have benefited from online workout videos since lockdown, including by joining Joe Wicks’s live sessions.

He and others on YouTube offer exercises that don’t require any special equipment, with full body and seated sessions for older people and people with restricted movement.

For a retro feel, you can even find Jane Fonda Workouts or Mr Motivator’s GMTV slots online!

Make sure that any furniture you’re sitting on or using for support is stable and strong. Wear comfortable clothing, keep water to hand and go at your own pace.

Specially designed to be dementia friendly – including music chosen to prompt reminiscence – Love to Move’s chair-based activity videos and a helpful booklet are also available.

Exercise doesn’t have to come from a workout. Some people enjoy keeping active through housework or gardening, or by clearing a space and putting their favourite music on to dance or move around to. 

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Dementia together magazine: June/July 20

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