Home exercise programme

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Activities you can do at home

It may be impossible for you to get to your usual Action for Elders exercise classes and so we have launched a programme of online exercises to help you keep mobile and active under the title Balanced Lives online exercises.

Our Balanced Lives teachers have created a great selection of courses, ranging from 5 minute workouts, through exercises and breathing that can be done seated at home, all the way through to full workouts.

One of the great joys of exercise is the effect it has on our wellbeing as a whole.

Anxiety and mental illness can come with isolation and loneliness in old age.

The exercises in this group are designed to encourage you to move, to forget your problems in exercise and to release the endorphins that help you to feel less anxious and more positive.

Breathing exercises

Breathing exercises that can be done by anyone

Balance and fall prevention

Exercises to build strength for those who are unable to stand for long …

5 minute workouts

When you only have a moment to move….

Mental Health

Dealing with isolation……

Managing pain and discomfort

Helping you to deal with day to day pains and discomfort…


Helping you to keep flexible and moving…

Sponsor your exercise

Why not raise money for older people as you exercise. Track your programme and raise funds at the same time.

Get in touch with Action for Elders with your suggestions and we will help you raise funds and keep healthy at the same time

Breathing exercises

Breathing well is good in its own right, but better still when it becomes the basis of all your activity.

These exercises will help you to breathe harmoniously and without effort at any time and in any place with the benefit of reduced anxiety and increased wellbeing.

Breathing for health and resilience

David Lipka, Mobility Lead for Action for Elders, introduces us to breathing well as a way to to develop lung strength and resilience to help fight infection.

Breathing tips - Breathing for Heart Health

As part of February Heart Health month, David Lipka, Mobility Lead for Action for Elders, shows how breathing can help with heart health and relaxation

Balance and fall prevention

David Lipka – Head of mobility at Action for Elders introduces a new series specially designed to help people who have difficulty with balance and falls.

In the series, he takes us from sitting to using the right techniques to use to avoid falling when turning or getting up from a sitting position.

Balance and fall prevention - introduction

David Lipka, Mobility Lead for Action for Elders, sets out the ideas behind the Falls Prevention videos.

Seated balance awareness

In Part 1 of the balance series on balance, David Lipka, starts with seated awareness.

Seated turning and reaching

In Part 2 of the series on balance, David Lipka, looks at turning and reaching and falls prevention.

Stepping and bending

Part 3 and David Lipka moves on to the importance of stepping and bending and maintaining balance.

From sitting to standing

In Part 4 David Lipka turns to how to move from sitting to standing while not falling.

5 minute exercises

Only have a little time to spare?

We all have time to take part in a 5 minute workout in the kitchen or living room with the aim of developing strength, mobility and confidence. Why not try some of these now…

10 ways to better health

10 ways to help boost your immune system against the effects of the Coronavirus, introduced by Chris Hoare, Mobility Teacher at Action For Elders Balanced Lives programme.

How to manage negative emotions

Betty Sutherland – Mobility Teacher at Action For Elders, York shows how to manage negative emotions with the finger wrapping technique.

Mental health and isolation

Chris Hoare – Mobility Lead at Action For Elders Balanced Lives programme – introduces a new series specially designed to help with the effects of isolation on our mental health.

In the four part series, he explains the benefits to our mental and physical health of simple exercise and breathing techniques.

Mental health

In Part 1 of our series, Chris Hoare shows how to step back and turn a negative into a positive.


In Part 2 of the series on balance, Chris Hoare explains mindfulness techniques.

Practical approach

How to focus the mind in practice so that to benefit your life.

Releasing tension

Practical exercises to tackle the mental and physical problems caused by isolation.


Let’s keep moving.

We all know the positive benefits of mobility on our sense of wellbeing and mood, as well as our ability to get about and do things for ourselves.

The specialist exercises are designed to help your sense of balance and your flexibility across your body. They can be practised by anyone of any age, but are gently paced to help recovery and to increase your strength and mobility.

Gaining strength for walking

Betty Sutherland, Action for Elders Mobility Teacher, shows how to improve mobility and control your body movement ready for walking.

Improving joint mobility

Betty Sutherland, Mobility Teacher for Action for Elders, demonstrates how to improve joint mobility and core strength and so boost your confidence.

Feel fit and well in 5 minutes

Betty Sutherland, Mobility Teacher for Action for Elders, shows a simple way to control movement and improve your mobility whenever you have 5 minutes to spare.

Contact us

Email: info@actionforelders.org.uk

Phone: 030 330 30132

Post: Action for Elders, Elfed House, Oak Tree Court, Mulberry Drive, Cardiff Gate, Cardiff CF23 8RS

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