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Frequently asked questions

Please use the following question and answers to help with your enquiries relating to exercise for the elderly. if you cannot find what you require then please get in touch using the contact page.

How often do I need to do exercise?

The four chief medical officers for the Department of Health recently released their physical activity recommendations. These include everyone from babies to the very elderly. They say that older adults (over 65’s) should be doing 150 minutes a week (2.5 hrs) of moderate exercise between 3 and five times a week. This can be broken down into bouts of 10 minutes or more and performed 3 times a day.

I already have an exercise DVD. What’s wrong with the one I have?

There’s nothing wrong with the one you have but using the same one over and over can mean that you are no longer challenging yourself therefore not getting maximum benefits for your efforts. Try alternating your DVD with the Alive & Active workout to increase your interest or as we suggest in our DVD, try upping the intensity and the weight if it becomes too easy. This way you’ll keep improving.

I've only got the use of one side of my body. Can I still exercise?

The cup is definitely half full in this scenario! You have a working side to your body so we recommend you keep it that way. Strokes are undeniably traumatic for those who suffer them but if you still have working limbs, and have approval from your doctor prior to partaking in exercise then we would love to help you build muscle and keep your good side moving.

I'm 92 and past exercise. Why do I need to bother?

In our classes age is not a reason not to take part! We have residents over 100 years old still enjoying their workouts and getting lots out of the class. Everything from a sense of team spirit, increased energy, appetite and a better night sleep can be gained from participating. So whether your 72 or 102 there's something in it for you!

I've got a bad knee so that rules me out

A bad knee does not mean that you cannot take part in upper body work outs, ball work, stretching and breathing exercises. As with all classes we recommend to go at a pace that is suitable for you. If your knee hurts during an exercise then sit that one out, you have lots more muscles and joints in your body that you can concentrate on.