Working with the wider partnership behind the award-winning campaign We Are Undefeatable and a team of expert instructors, the sessions have been specially designed for people who may experience symptoms such as fatigue, pain, stiffness and low mood. The project is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England.
The series – Make Your Move - aims to support people to be active at home and is available on DVD and on YouTube. The charities hope the DVD and online videos will motivate people to be active in a way that works for them, using simple and varied instructed activities that are designed to improve strength, balance, coordination and energy and reduce stress, and are suitable for a variety of activity levels.
There are 6 different physical activity sessions, each around 15 minutes long with a chance to take pauses throughout, and no specialist equipment needed. The sessions are:
- Dance with Anne
- Energy with Alex
- Balance with Sandra
- Strength with Alex
- Boxing with Michelle
- Mindfulness with Sandra
Each one can be tried independently of the others, in any order. No experience or knowledge of a specific activity is needed.
Developed by experienced instructors, the videos offer three different ways of doing the exercises - from a chair, assisted and standing, and have an introduction from Dr Andrew Boyd, GP and Clinical Champion for Physical Activity.
They focus on ensuring the audience are being mindful of the day-to-day fluctuations in symptoms and therefore their ability to perform the activities. The sessions are accompanied by appropriate safety messages, instructions and signposting to more information and support.
When we were in lockdown, the subject of exercise for people shielding came up a lot. These could be useful for people in that position - and I'm aware that some people are continuing to follow shielding guidance.
The videos are available on YouTube which will make them accessible for many people, but if you need copies of the DVD, you can get them from Gail.Curry@ageuk.org.uk .