The British Gymnastics Foundation’s seated activity programme, Love to Move, designed to get older people moving and functioning better, has been made available online to encourage older people to get active at home.
The Foundation published the first session online today (Wednesday 8th April), and will be making additional sessions available on a regular basis.
Patrick Bonner, Head of the British Gymnastics Foundation, said: "We have seen the positive impact Love to Move can have on the physical and cognitive aspects of older people in the last few years and we want to get the programme out to as many of those self-isolating as possible in order for them to feel the benefits and keep moving.
"We have released the video of Kim Hall, our lead deliverer so people can take part in sessions from their own home."
Love to Move started as a pilot project in 2015/16 and uses seated activities to help older people with their memory, balance, flexibility and finger dexterity. In that time it has already seen a marked improvement in many of its regular participants. It has since been rolled out across the UK, achieving fantastic results.
Research into the pilot programme by Age UK found that it ‘has a demonstrable benefit in the physical, emotional and cognitive aspects of older people’.
Kim Hall is the Lead Deliverer of the programme and said: "The best thing about delivering Love to Move is seeing people’s quality of life improve. To see someone moving again, feeding themselves and re-engaging with their loved ones, and to see them visibly appear younger, brighter, more confident and happier is such a privilege."
This is a fantastic programme, and we hope that you will be able to share it with loved ones at home, who may be isolating during this difficult time.
More information can be found on the Foundation’s Love to Move webpage, including a downloadable booklet that includes some of the exercises that make the programme unique.