Feeling the Winter chill? Lockdown got got you in a rut? Well, fear no more. At Halton, we understand the importance of keeping active when it comes to improving a person’s mobility. So, we’ve put together a quick guide on how to keep active during lockdown, from the comfort of your own home. Our quick tips are useful for periods when we’re spending more time in doors – but when practiced regularly they can also turn into great life-long habits that will keep you healthier and happier – in body and mind!
We know it can be tempting to curl up on the sofa all day, but save that for the chilly evenings instead! Regular breaks from sitting can be great for our circulation, so get up and move about at regular intervals – even if it’s just around the room, house, or garden.
Stretch it out
Keeping fit doesn’t need to mean getting out of breath all the time. In fact, being more flexible is an important part of our health. Studies show that doing simple stretching exercises a few times a day can be good for us, increase flexibility, and help ease stiffness. A more flexible body means you’ll have a greater range of motion in your joints, which can make it easier to move. When practiced regularly and safely, this act of gradually lengthening and strengthening your muscles through stretching can help prevent further ailments later down the line, too – like back pain and balance problems.
(IMPORTANT: If you have any pre-existing health conditions always consult with your GP or OP before attempting any kind of exercise.)
Try an at-home work out video
There are an increasing amount of exercise videos available online that are suited to every age group. Joe Wicks A.K.A The Body Coach (recently most famous for his home work-out videos for kids during the first National lockdown) has released a great series of simple and fun work out videos tailored specifically to older people. They can all be watched for free on YouTube, so why not give them a go? They include gentle and low-impact exercises that will only take 10 minutes or so out of your day, but have the potential to improve flexibility, balance and strength.
Have you tried any of these, or do you have your own tips for keeping active during lockdown? Get in touch and let us know!
Good mobility is an important part of maintaining your independence as an older person, and having a stairlift installed in your home can be the aide needed to help you feel more confident when moving around. At Halton, we supply a wide range of stairlifts suited to each and every user’s individual needs, and our expert team are always on hand to offer impartial, expert advice. Give us a call on 0800 644 7766 to request a free brochure or to arrange your free home assessment.