Keeping active at home

Keeping active at home

While spending more time at home, it is important to keep active. Being active has many benefits for older people, including:

  • maintaining strong bones
  • keep heart and lungs healthy
  • keep joints moving
  • improve strength and balance to help prevent falls
  • better mental health
  • helps improve sleep.

Being active for at least 30 minutes every day is a good start. This can be broken up into smaller activities across the day. Aim to include a range of physical activities that:

  • build fitness
  • strength
  • balance
  • flexibility.


Staying active at home can be challenging. Below is a list of websites, with libraries of free videos available, to help older people keep active in their home. Visit:

For more information on how to be active at home, check out the Choose Health: Be active physical activity guide for older Australians or Tips and ideas for older people to be active every day.

The information on this page is of a general nature. For older people with existing health conditions, it is a good idea to see your GP for a check-up before starting a new physical activity.