Walking, dancing, gardening and drinks trolleys: how we keep active around the home
9 April 2021
Walking challenges, dancing, gardening and drinks trolleys are just some of the ways that our residents stay active.
Everyone needs physical activity for good health. Fitness and exercise have many benefits including increasing our mobility, boosting our mood and improving our wellbeing.
The guidelines recommend that all adults get at least 150 minutes of aerobic physical activity per week.
Whatever your age, there’s strong evidence that being physically active can help you to lead a healthier and happier life. And fitness brings many benefits to both physical and mental health and wellbeing.
At Exemplar Health Care, we have a lot of fun keeping fit and active! Our trained Care Teams, supported by our Life Skills Teams, Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists, support people to keep fit and active every day, and tailor activities to suit everyone’s ability levels.
In this blog, we take inspiration from residents across our 32 care homes, and share five easy ways that you can stay active, including:
setting yourself a challenge or goal
dancing to stay fit
counting your steps
Set yourself a challenge or goal
A challenge or goal is a great way to motivate yourself to get more active. And, at the end, it’s rewarding to see your progress and see that your training has paid off!
A challenge or goal doesn’t need to be anything big – it depends on your current level of fitness and mobility.
“Gardening makes me feel relaxed and happy,” says Ian.
The Activities Team at the home have also seen the benefits of keeping active outdoors. "When Ian’s out in the garden, he's very content,” says Scott Davis, an Activities Coordinator at Kavanagh Place. “It definitely lifts his mood.”
Count your steps
We’ve all heard of the 10,000 daily step challenge! And whilst 10,000 may seem out of reach for some, increasing the number of steps that you do is a great way to keep active.
You’ll be surprised how quickly your steps get done when you’re completing everyday tasks such as housework, walking up the stairs and shopping.