We start to lose muscle mass by the time we hit our 40's, which combines with decreasing muscle endurance and flexibility to affect our coordination, stability and balance.
Old age is where seated classes or things like tai chi, pilates and yoga can play a part. In Surrey we’re lucky to also have a programme of Otago classes which are medically proven to help reduce the risk of falls - details below.
Keeping active and moving every day are vital to gently strengthen muscles and reduce your fall risk. If Otago classes aren't currently running in your area we have six simple balance exercises which everyone who's able to stand for a short while can practice at home.
If you have had a fall or are at risk of falls Otago classes can help you build your strength, balance and confidence. Classes are simple but fun and sociable. Watch the video below and hear from Pat about how classes have helped her:
COVID-19: Please note that due to coronavirus, face to face classes may be subject to change from those shown here. Contact your local instructor to find out about your chosen class, or join one of the online classes on Zoom.
Sport England and 16 leading health charities help those with long term health conditions move more
Ten-minute audio or video workouts especially designed for those over 60 to do at home.