Building activities that maintain strength, balance and flexibility into your lifestyle can help to reduce your risk of falling. As we age, adopting an active lifestyle that includes these kinds of activities, whether through exercise classes like yoga or hobbies such as gardening, will decrease the risk of a fall.
Falls Prevention home exercise programme
Our Falls Prevention home exercise programme is suitable for those who are at moderate to high risk of falling, who have had 1 or more falls in the last 3 months or have a high fear of falling.
The aim of these sessions is to introduce steps to reduce the risk of falling and improve the health and wellbeing of those taking part.
The exercises in Level 1 are to be performed seated. We recommend that you complete Level 1 for 8-10 weeks (or longer if you don't feel ready to progress) before progressing to Level 2, which is standing but using the support of a chair to aid your balance. During the 8-10 weeks you can increase the number of repetitions for each exercise. This will enable you to progress to the Level 2 video, which will be posted on this page soon.
For the Resistance Training section of the Level 1 video, we have used bands for most of the exercises. If you don't have access to any bands then you can use small weights or tins (soup, beans etc) instead for some of the exercises.
Ensure that you use a chair that is firm and steady that you can get in and out of. The floor area around you should be clear and not slippery.
Please don't participate if you are feeling unwell or are recovering from a fall.
Falls Prevention home exercise programme: Level 1
Use the links below to find out about Dance to Health, a project which encourages our older population to be active with a targeted approach to reduce the risk of a fall; more about the implications of falls; and how physical activity can help people to maintain their independence.
Development & Relationship Manager (Health) - maternity cover; Active Ageing Project Officer
- Older people's health and activity lead
- 01603 732335 or 07771 616932