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Staying active and healthy at home is important. Here are some practical tips and information for older adults to stay active, healthy and connected at home.

Stick to an active routine

If you are spending more time at home, it’s still important to have a routine and keep active. This will help you to stay healthy and happy.

Aim to build 30 minutes of activity into your day. Ideas to stay active at home include:

  • Strength & balance exercises with these simple exercise circuits
  • Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi or dancing
  • Cleaning, cooking or gardening
  • Pottery, sewing or arts and crafts
  • Take some time to learn a new hobby or skill

For information on how to stay safe while exercising at home visit Safe Exercise at Home.

Nourish your body to keep your immune system strong

Eat a range of healthy foods to ensure you are getting the nutrients you need for good health.

  • Frozen or canned fruit and vegetables are nutritious options if you don’t have access to fresh produce. Include legumes and beans (canned or dried)
  • Include a range of wholegrains and cereals in your diet such as rice, pasta, bread, cereal and quinoa
  • Consume moderate amounts of milk, yogurt, cheese and/or alternatives, and lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds and legumes/beans
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day

Remain in touch and support one another

If you are spending more time at home, and less time with family and friends it is important to keep in touch in other ways:

  • Check in with friends, family and neighbours regularly over the phone
  • Try video calls from your computer or smartphone
  • Speak to neighbours over the fence or from your balcony

Keep the mind active

Keeping the mind active is just as important as keeping your body active. Ideas for keeping your mind active at home:

  • Read a book
  • Do a word search, crossword or Sudoku (find a puzzle book or search online)
  • Watch quiz based TV shows
  • Many museums and art galleries have online access to collections
  • Learn a new skill via the internet, for example, a new language

For more information on staying active and healthy at home, download the brochure and poster below.

For more information, download the Staying Active and Healthy at Home brochure and poster below.

Staying Active and Healthy at Home brochures have been translated into the following languages for you to download and print.

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