Here at Living Well, we have made the following suggestions to help you stay active. Exercising, however big or small, makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness.

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Katharine House Hospice physiotherapist

You can find a feature in every issue of our Newsletter from our physiotherapist Hannah. She explores a different theme each time, such as gentle exercise routines, managing anxiety, mindful breathing and relaxation. 

Hannah has also made this 11-minute video of gentle seated exercises.

Join Lydia for a gentle chair yoga class

You don’t need to have done yoga before to join in with Lydia for this 35-minute class. All you need is yourself and a chair!

Bookable sessions at Katharine House

Strength and balance

The benefits of exercise are endless, it’s not only good for our physical health but our mental health too.

This is a gentle graded exercise class led by our physiotherapist to help you to incorporate some activity into your week, following screening for suitability by our physio. Seated and standing versions of exercises will be available, and the class will cover themes such as balance, core stability, resistance, strength and falls prevention.

Health walks

Enjoy a gentle walk of up to an hour at the same time as getting some fresh air and meeting new people. The walk is led by our Health Walk volunteers and sometimes Rosie the pat dog too! There is a bonus of a hot drink and a rest in the sunny lounge at the hospice to welcome you at the end of the walk.

How to book your sessions

All our classes are accessible to anyone who attends one of our eight-week programmes. Please get in touch if you would like to join any of our groups.

Be active through online resources

General exercise

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy have devised a guide to incorporating activity/exercise into your daily routine.

NHS exercise resource: these exercises are designed for people aged 65 and over with links. Note this is not condition specific and designed as a general resource. It's suitable for people who can navigate through a website. 

Royal Voluntary Service brings you the Virtual Village Hall, offering gentle dance classes and seated exercise and Pilates.

Tai Chi: seated Tai Chi suitable for anyone and particularly those new to Tai Chi taught by a physiotherapist. Note: there is a section where touching of the face is included so be mindful of washing hands prior to this.

Other Five Ways to Wellbeing resources

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