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Stay stronger for longer

Strength and balance exercises - twice a week - help lots of people to keep doing the things they enjoy, for longer.

Falls are not an inevitable part of getting older. The right exercise can reduce your risk of falls and keep you fit, active and independent in later life.

 Find 'Stay Stronger for Longer' classes near you

If you would like to speak to somebody about a strength and balance class and live in Huntingdonshire, contact One Leisure on 01480 388111.

For anywhere else in the rest of Cambridgeshire, contact Forever Active on 07432 480105.

Why 'strength and balance'?

Watch this short video to find out how lots of people have benefited from strength and balance exercises. 

Strength and balance challenge

Find out how you compare with other people your age. Has your balance and muscle strength changed without you noticing?

I do feel stronger and much more able to do things I couldn't two years ago.

Margaret Smith, Brampton Memorial Hall strength and balance class, Cambridge

Meet the trainers

Meet the people who can help to improve your health and reduce the risk of falls.

Strength and Balance Class

This is what a class looks like - they are fun and sociable but also help you to retain your independence.

How to improve strength and balance at home

It's easy to exercise at home! The following videos - from the Forever Active Team - include exercises for all ages and abilities. Please refer to the safety check before starting, then watch the introductory video first.

  • Use a sturdy and stable chair for support.
  • If you are feeling quite unsteady, use a fixed object such as a kitchen work surface or dining table.
  • Wear supportive shoes and comfortable clothes.
  • If any exercise causes pain in your joints or muscles stop, check you are doing it correctly and try it again.
  • Feeling your muscles work or a slight muscle soreness the next day is normal.
  • If pain persists, seek advice from a physiotherapist.
  • It you experience chest pain, shortness of breath or dizziness STOP IMMEDIATELY and contract your GP or call 111 if you GP practice is closed.
  • Try not to hold your breath – breath normally throughout.

Video 1: Introduction

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Video 3

Video 4

More information on strength and balance exercises you can do at home

Super Six Exercises

Includes challenges to test your strength and balance, and six key exercises to reduce the risk of falls

Size: 2.59 MB File format: pdf

Home Exercise Programme

An in-depth guide with detailed instructions on a range of exercises you can do at home

Size: 746.93 KB File format: pdf

Worried about falling?

If you are aged 65 years and over and have had a fall in the last year and would like further advice about what you can do to reduce your chances of falling in future, contact Everyone Health on 0333 005 0093.

Alternatively, visit the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) Falls prevention web page.

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