Indoor exercises for older people

Anyone can get active, it’s easy to start and it’s never too late. Anything that gets you moving is physical activity and it benefits you whatever your age. Get motivated to improve your fitness.

It might be hard to get motivated, especially if it’s cold and raining outside. But, you can exercise and get active anywhere — at home or outside in your garden.

Activity for older adults

All older adults should be as active as they can be daily.

For example:

  • at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity every week such as walking, dancing or even pushing a lawnmower
  • muscle-strengthening exercises 2 or more days a week — for example, digging, step aerobics, hand-held weight exercises and yoga
  • even daily chores such as cooking or housework to break up periods of sitting

All older adults are at increased risk of falls. Try including any of the following in your daily routine to improve your stability.

Try these exercise routines:

Page last reviewed: 2 April 2020
Next review due: 2 April 2023