Strength and Balance

Regular walking plus strength and balance exercises provide the key to an active, happy and healthy older age.

Strength and balance exercises

Our Strength and Balance programme combines simple exercises with advice on walking to help adults stay active and independent.

Our programme was developed in response to the CMO Guidelines for Older Adults 2011, which recommends that older adults aged 65+ should aim to be active daily and incorporate activity to improve strength and balance twice each week.

Helping adults to stay active and reduce the risk of falls

The programme was developed with expert input and advice from Professor Dawn Skelton of Glasgow Caledonian University and has been trialled successfully with the Step Forth walking programme in Falkirk.

Our Walk Your Way to Strength and Balance Programme

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

Our resources include:

  • 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 adults that outlines 10 exercises and handy tips to be more active everyday 
  • A 3.5 hour workshop led by qualified Later Life trainers for people working with older adults in care settings to learn how to encourage physical activity, reduce sedentary behaviour and build strength & balance exercises into daily care
  • A 3.5 hour workshop for volunteers leading Health Walks in their community

Learn how care workers in Lanarkshire have benefited from our Strength & Balance workshops and the impact the training has had on the staff and care home residents

Prices and Ordering

Item Cost
Starter pack - 5 cue cards, 100 leaflets £50
Scottish Health Walk Network members can receive a free starter pack
Cue cards - each £6.00 (+postage)
Leaflets - each 20p (+postage)
1/2 day Strength & Balance training workshop Contact us for prices

Contact

Please place orders for resources here or contact training@pathsforall.org.uk for more information or to ask about a workshop