Are you an older adult and looking for a home workout? Has COVID-19 got you stuck at home with nothing to do? Why not try one of our workouts from the comfort and safety of your own home – you might just need to push aside a chair or roll up the mat to make sure it’s a safe space. We recommend that you see your doctor before starting any exercise program.
We also recommend that you:
* Start slow and work your way up. Focus on getting the feet right, and then add in your arm movements, or start with a chair-based class before you try a Heart or Zest class.
* Always have a drink of water nearby. If you need to stop and take a break, that’s ok – listen to your body.
* Start with lighter weights – invest in a pair of dumbbells or get creative at home – find a couple of jars of peaches, refill milk bottles with water or sand, fill an old pair of pantyhose with oranges, or find a heavy book!
* Use a good solid straight backed chair. We don’t want you getting too comfy on that chair!
The workouts here have been provided free of charge while we all try to stay healthy during COVID-19. Clicking on the links below will take you to the YouTube workout, and we’d love you to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you know every time we add a new workout. If you complete the work out, please tell us! Leave a Comment below the YouTube video, and give it either a thumbs up or a thumbs down (though hopefully it’s mostly thumbs up!).
Chair-Based Workouts (30 minutes)
Our chair-based workouts are designed for those who may struggle with balance, or standing for long periods of time, or have mobility issues. Our workouts are either low or high intensity, and involve both standing seated exercises. The workouts aim to build strength, mobility and flexibility, and cardio fitness.
Chair-Based Low #01
Chair-Based High #02
Core Workouts (20 minutes)
Core workouts are floor-based, built on the principles of Pilates. Workouts are designed to build and train your core and pelvic floor muscles, as well as stretch and strengthen your whole body.
Heart Workouts (30 minutes)
Our Heart program combines cardio and strength workouts. Cardio comes in the form of a standing freestyle aerobics routine, matched with a low-medium intensity chair-based strength workout. These classes are designed for those who don’t want to get down on to the floor, and are lower in intensity than our Zest classes.
Heart #02A Cardio
Heart #02B Strength
Equipment: Chair, weights
Plus Workouts (30 minutes)
Our high energy Plus workouts include a bit of everything … plus a bit more! These workouts use the whole body, combining weights, cardio, floor and plate exercises, to work your arms, legs, and heart all at the same time. Workouts usually involve interval training with bursts of high intensity, and will you feeling refreshed and energised!
Zest Workouts (30 minutes)
Zest workouts range from medium to high intensity, and are designed to be completed together – a cardio routine to get the heart and body working, combine with a strength/resistance workout to build strength and stability in your muscles.
Zest Cardio Workout #01A
Zest Strength Workout #01B
Equipment: Hand weights
Zest Cardio Workout #05A