Sep 1

Staying Active at Home During COVID-19

Older adults in an outdoor setting participating in an exercise class while maintaining social distance

Due to the ongoing risks of COVID-19, many “in person” health and wellness classes for older adults have been canceled. However, there are many options for at-home workouts to help you remain active and healthy throughout the pandemic.

If you prefer group workouts, many senior centers and gyms are offering exercise classes and instructional videos for older adults. Here are links for information about a few options. You can also check with the Council on Aging for your community to get schedule updates.

Wellesley Council on Aging

Newton Council on AgingEmail to receive the class links.

Brookline Council on Aging– see page 7 of newsletter for exercise classes and links

Waltham Council on Aging

Watertown Senior Center

National Institute on Aging– several exercises targeted to older adults and caregivers

Most importantly, make a point to move frequently during the day, even if it’s just a few gentle stretches or laps around your home. One 90-year-old couple shared that they did 10 laps around their dining room table to get themselves moving more.

Now that here in New England the weather is cooling off but isn’t too cold yet, walking outside is a great option if you can do so safely.  If you can walk outside, keeping a 6-foot distance does not exclude talking to neighbors and enjoying the sunshine. Or, if you prefer staying inside, turn on the radio and dance!

If you’re a caregiver to an older adult, make sure you are making time for yourself and being active. Try exercising first thing in the morning. If you don’t have 30 minutes to be active, look for three 10-minute breaks. Find simple ways to make exercise fun and enjoyable for you and your loved one!


With special thanks to EngAGED- the National Resource Center for engaging older adults