Healthy Peterborough

Stay stronger for longer

We all want to continue to share our lives with loved ones as we get older, such as playing with grandchildren and socialising with friends.

Simple strength and balance exercises twice a week are a proven to keep you stronger for longer, independent and enjoying the great things in life, whether by joining a class or doing it yourself at home.

The Stronger for longer campaign has been developed by Peterborough City Council working with local NHS health partners.

Strength and balance classes help local lady stay stronger for longer

A major new strength and balance campaign is launching this International Older People’s day to help people in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire stay stronger for longer. 

Christina Lawrence, from Wimblington, March, said the Falls Prevention service at Everyone Health in Doddington has changed her life is now able to do the things she enjoys again like walking her dog.

Christina, 73, said: “I had a few falls after my knee operation which caused it to give way regularly, I had also suffered two mini strokes which frightened me and knocked my confidence to a point where I was afraid to do the normal day-to-day activities. I was petrified of losing my independence and not being able to look after myself or my dog, so I knew I had to get some help.”

Christina began a regular programme of strength and balance exercises three to four times a week after being shown how to do them by her health trainer Elliott. 

“The programme overall has given me confidence, as I felt very vulnerable before I joined the programme,” she said. “It has also opened doors to new activities, I have now recently just joined a Jive club and started to go swimming with a friend which I never thought I’d be able to do. My ability to be able to carry out day to day tasks has also improved. I am able to do these tasks with a lot more confidence and without being afraid to, whereas before I was even afraid to walk my dog but now I can enjoy these things a lot more.”

Simple strength and balance exercises twice a week are proven to keep you stronger for longer so you can keep you independent and enjoying the great things in life, whether it’s playing with grandchildren, shopping, socialising with friends or gardening.

Strength and Balance Home exercise programme

Try the Super Six Exercises

Take the Strength and Balance Challenge

Why it is important to do strength and balance exercises

  • Research shows that group and home-based exercise programmes can reduce the rate of falls by 29 per cent and 32 per cent respectively while Tai Chi reduces the risk of falls by 28 per cent
  • Falls are one of the most commonest causes of accidental injury in older people and the commonest cause of accidental death in the population aged 75 and over in the UK
  • One in three people aged 65 and over will fall every year, increasing to one in two people over 80
  • There were 2,600 emergency hospital admissions due to falls in people 65+ in Cambridgeshire in 2016/17 and 628 admissions in Peterborough
  • The estimated cost of falls and fractures in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough in 2017 to health and social care was thought to be £85 million
  • The population is ageing and it is expected that the number of people sustaining an injurious fall will increase too
  • In 2016 the population of people aged 65 and over in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough was 119,070 and 28590 respectively. By 2031 the number of people 65 plus in Cambridgeshire will be 176,230 (a 49 per cent increase) and 43,600 (a 51 per cent increase) in Peterborough.


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