Carers Active’s online video sessions are an opportunity for carers and the people they care for to access and enjoy a range of movement or stretching based activities. The video sessions below are replays of live Carers Active Share and Learn sessions and can be viewed at any time. You don’t need any special equipment and you can do the sessions from the comfort of your home, at any time that suits you.
Notice on exercise:
Before taking part in physical activity, make sure you have a safe space around you. Take breaks whenever you need to and do as little or as much of the activity as you choose.
Carers UK or the session facilitator does not accept liability for any injuries caused by participating in the sessions below. If you have any current medical conditions/injuries or are pregnant, you may wish to consult your doctor for specific advice before taking part in the session.
Nordic Walk Fit
Penny from Ministry of Nordic Walks Community Group leads a fun walking, exercise class you can do at home to help improve your strength, balance and functional fitness as well as bring a smile along the way. This session is appropriate for all activity levels and it will be helpful to have a kitchen chair ready to use as a balance aid.
Seated boxing is for all fitness levels. It mainly focuses on the upper body, with punches to an imaginary opponent such as jabs, hooks and uppercuts, all while seated. This session is led by motivating instructor Gil Cruz.
This session will get you moving to pop and disco, and boost your heart rate! The session is for all ages and abilities and no dance experience is required. Instructor Claire will provide different options for people with different levels of mobility so that everyone can enjoy getting active with dance.
Sleeping well for being active
Counsellor Nicola Pruce shares practical tips to troubleshoot your sleep issues, including common sleep issues, the effects of the seasons on our sleep, top tips for a good night’s sleep, sleep environment, the timing of our sleep, soporific foods and meditation.
Intro, warm up and energiser
An introduction to the Healthathon from Carers UK Chief Executive Helen Walker, a warm up from Frank and an energising fitness session from fitness instructor Sophie Tosone.
Stretch and balance
Stretch all areas of your body and work on balance to help with everyday movement with fitness instructor Gil Cruz.
Food for fuel
Freya and Izzy from food charity Food Matters offer tips and guidance
to help you eat well for physical activity, including a quick and easy recipe.
Get moving to pop and disco with a fun and accessible dance session led by Georgia.
Enjoy simple movements designed to improve mobility, balance and a general sense of wellbeing with Sandra Shaw.
A Tai Chi session with Sandra Shaw, a Clinical Exercise Specialist. Sandra demonstrates simple movements designed to improve mobility, balance and a general sense of wellbeing.
An inclusive class led by Sophie Tosone that will help improve your mobility, strength and stamina with specific movements which you can use in everyday life. The class is open to all abilities and fitness levels so all you need is your own body and a small space.
Mr Motivator leads a 12-minute fun, accessible, and motivating workout for carers, followed by a short Q&A. This session was organised by Carers UK and Age UK Islington.
Looking for quick and simple ways to build physical activity into your day? Aimed at all fitness levels, join us for an online walking for fitness session with qualified personal trainer Ben Cucax. You will follow a series of exercises, including warming up and cool down with stretches. This session is supported by Sport England.
Seated martial arts
Instructor Sifu Nick Martin from Stay Safe Global will help you discover how outer balance and control can be developed through inner focus and breathing exercises. You will be encouraged to create your own internal and external exercise routines and gain confidence through martial skill acquisition exercises. The session is ideal for carers of all levels and fitness.
Love to Move
Love to Move is a seated exercise programme for fun, social engagement, strength, flexibility and core stability. Love to Move works the brain as well as the body, helping with memory, cognition and wellbeing. Originally designed to benefit people living with dementia, it’s an activity that you can take part in with the person you care for or on your own. You will hear from a carer who joins regular sessions with her husband and an instructor who will give you a taster of the exercises, so make sure you are sitting comfortably!
Cardio and Strength
A fun introduction to cardio and strength based exercises.
Get your body moving with a fun and accessible fitness session to help re-energise your week. Sophie, a certified personal trainer and fitness coach, will warm you up with some mobility, get you working on your strength and cool you down with some flexibility.
Enjoy these aerobic and stength building exercises with Alison.
Beginners Latin dance
Enjoy our first beginners Latin dance session, led by dance teacher Mauricio from Latin Motion. Covering both Bachata and Salsa, this session give beginners a solid base of all the most commonly used steps and turns, helping uplift both your mental and physical wellbeing.
In this second session, Mauricio from Latin Motion gives beginners a solid base for Bachata and Salsa, and a brief introduction to Cha-Cha-Cha.
Take part in a fun and uplifting dance session.
Yoga instructor Sangeeta Bhandari provides an introduction to Hatha Yoga breathing techniques and gentle seated exercises.
Pilates for beginners
A flowing Pilates sequence that builds suppleness and flexibility across the joints led by Emma Marks. Suggested props - a mat, a large pillow and a hand towel.
Warm-up with Mr Motivator
Mr Motivator leads a warm-up session with seated options.
Strength and balance
Jack Edgar from Sport for Confidence leads a low-impact strength and balance session.
Tai chi movements for wellbeing
Simple movements designed to improve mobility, balance and general sense of wellbeing led by Sandra Shaw, a Clinical Exercise Specialist.
Healthy eating on a budget
Dietician Kate Hall shares tips for maintaining a healthy diet while on a budget.
Physical activity motivation and goal setting
Dr Patricia Jackman, Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology, on how to use goals to improve your motivation and physical activity experiences.
Gita from Step Change Studios gives an introduction to Bollywood dance.
Isobel Palmer from Lim Studio leads a beginners' session combining elements of yoga and Pilates to help improve flexibility and muscle strength.