Videos show seniors how to stay active at home

VIDEO: Simple exercises seniors can do at home

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Professor Ken Nosaka with a senior participant in his exercise program designed to be done at home.

Professor Ken Nosaka with a senior participant in his exercise program designed to be done at home.

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'With the elderly and vulnerable being advised to stay at home during the COVID-19 crisis, the importance of staying active as never been greater'.

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With many people now self-isolating and social distancing at home, the need to stay active has never been greater.

Exercise science expert Professor Ken Nosaka, from Edith Cowan University, has created two quick and simple exercise programs for seniors and younger people to do from the comfort of home.

"With the elderly and vulnerable being advised to stay at home during the COVID-19 crisis, the importance of staying active as never been greater," said Professor Nosaka.

"Older people in particular are at risk of physical decline, and a lack of regular exercise could lead to a litany of problems including reduced muscle strength, coordination, balance, flexibility and mobility, and decreased cardiovascular and respiratory functions, all of which can make people more susceptible to ill health.

"The home could be an ideal place for exercises to make all people, including older people, healthier and fitter and improve immune function to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection.

"Some quick and easy exercises can be done from the comfort of home requiring no equipment and just a bit of motivation."

Peak body Exercise and Sports Science Australia has also launched its Exercise Right at Home campaign to encourage those who are self-isolated due to the response of COVID-19 to keep active and ensure they are exercising safely.

"Although we understand people have a lot on their plate due to the impact of COVID-19, exercise remains as important as ever to help keep our population healthy," said ESSA chief executive, Anita Hobson-Powell

"Not only does exercise support our immune system, it also serves us by boosting our mental health during these anxious times."

Exercise Right at Home provides a range of free workout videos that have been created by ESSA accredited exercise professionals.

The workout videos offer a variety of programs such as strength training, aerobic activities and falls prevention exercises that can be completed right in your home. There is also advice on getting tech-ready for telehealth at home.

ESSA will also be providing daily workout updates for the public during the campaign through our Exercise Right social media channels, including Facebook and Instagram.

"We see it as our mission and responsibility to keep more Australians active during these uncertain times through the expert knowledge and guidance of our members. Whether it be through online workout videos or telehealth services, it all makes a significant difference to the health of our nation," said Ms Hobson-Powell.

"At ESSA, we represent over 8,000 members, most being sole traders of small to medium businesses. With many advising that they are already facing significant commercial loss due to the pandemic, we wanted to be able to continue spreading the important work of these accredited exercise professionals, while also promoting the benefits of exercise to the wider population."

COTA ACT is also livestreaming free exercises seniors can do at home on its Facebook page.

"This is a great opportunity to participate in an exercise class specifically designed for older people, in the comfort of your own home. We hope that you will join us in an effort to stay active and well," it said on the page.

  • For COTA ACT's free exercise videos click HERE
  • For ESSA's Exercise Right at Home videos click HERE
  • Professor Ken Nosaka's videos are also on YouTube HERE
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