How to stay active at home: Exercises for older people

Older woman and man laughing

Australian guidelines recommend older people do 30 minutes of physical activity every day to promote strength, flexibility, fitness and balance.  It is also good for your mental health.

NARI has developed exercise videos to help you stay active at home, particularly during the COVID19 pandemic when you may not be as physically active outdoors.   

The exercises have been developed by allied health professionals with clinical expertise in exercise for older people.


The information contained in the videos is general guidance only.  It does not replace individual health advice.  Prior to exercising, please consult your healthcare provider if you have or suspect a medical problem or any health risk factors.

If you engage in these exercises you agree you do so voluntarily, and assume all risk of injury to yourself.

How to use the videos

Please watch the Introduction to Exercise video before you start any exercises.  It includes safety tips, types of exercises, warm up, tips for being physically active, and online resources.

Then watch the four exercise videos at a pace that suits you.  These cover stretching and flexibility, muscle strengthening, balance and cardiorespiratory fitness.


Safety tips text

Introduction to exercise: Watch the video


Woman stretching

Stretching and flexibility: Watch the video


Woman doing push ups against wall

Muscle strengthening: Watch the video


Woman balancing on one leg

Balance: Watch the video


Three older people in a park

Cardiorespiratory fitness: Watch the video


A full-length video comprising the Introduction to exercise video plus all four exercise videos is also available.

Older woman and man laughing

How to stay active video (full-length): Watch the video