However, there are many options to help you explore at-home workouts to help you remain active and healthy throughout the pandemic. If you prefer group workouts, senior centers and gyms are offering free exercise classes and instructional videos, many of which are geared toward older adults or inexperienced exercisers. Most importantly, make a point to move frequently during the day, even if it’s just a few gentle stretches or laps around your home. If you can walk outside, keeping a 6-foot distance does not exclude talking to neighbors and enjoying the sunshine. Or, turn on the radio and dance!
If you’re a caregiver to an older adult, make sure you are making time for yourself and being active. Try exercising first thing in the morning. If you don’t have 30 minutes to be active, look for three 10-minute breaks. Find simple ways to make exercise fun and enjoyable for you and your loved one!
The National Institute on Aging website contains several exercise activities targeted to older adults and caregivers. Visit
www.nia.nih.gov/health/exercise-physical-activity to get started. For more ideas on ways older adults can stay connected to the community while physical distancing, check out our fact sheet, Staying Connected at Home During COVID-19, which
was produced in partnership with the Eldercare Locator (eldercare.acl.gov). Find the fact sheet at www.engagingolderadults.org/covid19.