Healthy Peterborough

Stronger for Longer: Physical activity for people over 65 during Covid-19

This element of the Stronger for Longer campaign focuses on providing and promoting the use of trusted resources and advice, along with guidance on physical activity to encourage and support the over 65’s to be as active as possible in and around the home during the Coronavirus outbreak.

There are several ways you can improve your strength and balance during whilst staying at home during lock-down:

  • Join in a live daily strength and balance class online with ‘Keep Active with Oaks’ every weekday at 9.30am, 12pm (noon) or 3pm.
  • Visit Living Sport to access a range of other activities to keep you moving at home.

To be inspired:

  • Read Judith's story below.
  • Watch Lou Weir, a qualified trainer and fitness instructor at Oaks Activities, talk you through a short beginners taster session while she explains more about the live classes.

Keep Active with Oaks - Judith says go for it!

 Picture of Judith

Simple strength and balance exercises twice a week are proven to keep you stronger for longer and ready to enjoy the great things you like doing when life returns to normal.

Peterborough City Council is encouraging people to keep active at home so they’ll stay strong, steady and be able to keep doing the things they enjoy - for longer.

Judith, 70, has been doing ‘Keep Active with Oaks’ classes every day during lock-down since finding them on Facebook. Watch Judith take on a Seated Beginners Class.

Judith is waiting for a knee operation, and admits that with the way things are at the moment it’s sometimes hard to get out of bed - but doing the exercises with Lou from Oaks Activities sets her up for each day and puts a smile on her face.

“I use a walking stick at the moment, and can only walk so far, so exercising at home is the perfect solution for me, and Lou manages to cheer me up with her new routines every day.

I have a good laugh and I work hard. I used to go to keep-fit years ago and every class was the same, but with Lou each class is brilliant.

I like the 9.30am class but sometimes it doesn’t suit me to do it then, so I watch it back and do it later. I enjoy watching the other classes too, even if can’t do all the exercises!

If anyone is thinking about taking part but hesitating, my advice is to go at your own pace, listen to your body – and go for it!”

To join a class or find out more about the importance of strength and balance activities visit the Stronger for Longer page.


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Healthy Peterborough is led by:
  • Peterborough City Council
  • Peterborough Pharmacies
  • Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust