Strength and Balance Programme

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Helping older adults to stay active and reduce risk of falls

Our Strength and balance resources will help you get older adults (65+) more active. These resources combine strength and balance exercises with advice on walking to help older adults stay active and independent. The programme was developed with expert input and advice from Professor Dawn Skelton of Glasgow Caledonian University and has been trialed successfuly with the Step Forth walking programme in Falkirk.

Read our case study about how the programme is being delivered in Perth and Kinross.
icon Strength and Balance Resources Case Study (371.97 kB)

Physical Activity Guidelines for people over 65

This programme has been developed in response to the CMO Guidelines for Older Adults 2011, which recommends that older adults should aim to be active daily and incorporate activity to improve strength and balance twice each week.

To read more about the guidance for Physical Activity and older adults visit the British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health (BHFNC) website.

You can see the exercises in action in a series of videos on our YouTube channel.

You can order a DVD of theses exercises using our Merchandise Order Form. The videos were produced by Paths for All, Active Fife and NHS Fife Health Promotion.

Strength and Balance Resources

The programme consists of 14 simple exercises that will improve strength and balance and reduce the risk of falls in older adults.

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The toolkit includes:

  • A set of laminated cue cards for easy demonstration of the 14 exercises in a group setting. The cards include handy tips to promote an active lifestyle. Four exercises are for frailer older adults
  • A take home leaflet for older adults that outlines 10 exercises and handy tips to be more active everyday 

Prices & Ordering


Starter Pack - 5 cue cards, 100 leaflets

£50 includes (VAT on cue cards only)

1 Free starter pack is available for each of our Walking for Health groups

Strength & Balance Cue cards £6 (includes VAT)
Leaflets 20p each (zero rated VAT)
Strength & Balance Training workshop half day Contact us to ask about the price of the workshop

Paid orders will incur a postage charge


To order resources, please order here.

For resources for projects or the free starter pack, please contact
Find out more about our Strength and Balance Training Workshops here.

Any questions?

For queries about strength and balance in older adults, please see our Strength and Balance FAQs.

For any other queries, please contact your local Paths for All Development Officer here.

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