Resources to safely exercise at home

You may not be able to attend a strength and balance class during some of the COVID Alert Levels. You can still safely exercise at home to maintain your strength and balance.

Below you’ll find videos and resources to help you choose home exercises that are the right fit for you:

Note – before you do any of the exercises

Before you do any of the exercises in the videos and resources, please make sure you've read these health and safety recommendations:

  • Wear suitable footwear such as sneakers or a firm fitting flat-soled shoe
  • Have a phone in close reach
  • Use something stable, such as a kitchen bench or sturdy chair for support
  • Make sure you have plenty of space around you to complete your exercises
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, either during or after exercise. Have a closed drink bottle nearby, avoid having cups or glasses that can spill easily near you  
  • Try and breathe normally whilst doing the exercises
  • Feeling slight muscle soreness the next day is normal and just shows you've worked the muscles hard
  • If any of the exercises cause pain in your joints or muscles, stop immediately. Check you're doing the exercise correctly and try again. If pain persists, leave that exercise out until you've sought advice
  • If you experience chest pain, severe shortness of breath or severe dizziness, stop immediately and contact your healthcare provider.   

Video exercises to do at home 

Steady As You Go – Age Concern 

Click here for a variety of exercises for older adults to improve your strength and balance. These videos range from 7 minutes to 47 minutes.  

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Stay active at home – Strength and balance exercises - 4 minutes routine 

This video by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy demonstrates 6 simple exercises to do at home to reduce your chances of a fall. 

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8-week Home Exercise Strength and Balance Programme for Seniors

Join AgeFit Home for their free 8 week exercise programme, including videos and live-streamed strength and balance exercises. 

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Strength & balance – 10-minute home routine 

This video from Sport Northland shows a fun 10-minute exercise routine that includes modifications for different difficulty levels.

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Standing exercises for older adults - 16 minutes

This video from Dartmouth-Hitchcock includes balance and strengthening exercises, which can prevent falls and hip fractures. It's suited for older adults who can stand with minimal support.

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PDF documents for at-home use

Super Seven exercises 

These seven exercises from Physiotherapy NZ will help you keep your strength and balance and reduce your risk of falling.

Download the Super 7 exercises 

 

Strength and balance exercise options 

This document from Sport Canterbury includes various strength and balance exercise options. Exercises are clearly marked with their difficulty level, helping you tailor your exercise routine to your own ability.

Download the exercises options

 

Strength & balance home workout circuit 

This document from Age Concern Auckland includes 14 circuit exercises with three difficulty levels to help you tailor the circuit to your own ability.

Download the home workout circuit

 

Seniors strength and balance exercise sheet 

This sheet from Sport Northland includes strength and balance exercises as well as several great stretches to help keep you mobile.

Download the exercise sheet

 

SuperCue

SuperCue Seniors is an online exercise programme designed for those 60+ of all fitness and mobility levels. 

Download an information sheet on SuperCue

Visit SuperCue website

 

SpinPoi

SpinPoi offers evidence-based poi resources for older adults that will get your blood pumping, challenge your mind, and leave you feeling happy, energized, and ready to spin your health around.

Download the information sheet on poi and wellbeing

Visit the SpinPoi website

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