Move it or Lose it offer a chair-based exercise programme for frailer older adults which is available to care homes, charities and organisations wishing to book a group for bespoke training. It is not available for individuals to book onto, please see our FABS Training Programme instead.
Our aim is to train staff/volunteers (Learners) to be able to safely deliver chair- based exercise for older adults to promote independence and enhance their physical and mental health.
The chair-based exercise programme aims to improve strength, mobility and confidence through enjoyable exercise to music routines and resistance band exercises. The exercises include functional movements to aid everyday living such as washing and dressing.
Learners will be able to demonstrate and safely deliver the chair-based exercises and relate them to activities of everyday living.
Learners will be able to observe participants and adapt the exercises to suit individual needs with progressions or regressions as appropriate.
Learners will be able to encourage individuals to participate through the use of music and small equipment (such as pompoms, beanbags, batons).
We will run a two-day workshop which encompasses best practice in chair-based exercise for older adults.
Although the course will be mainly practical there will be some theory although there is no written examination and knowledge will be ascertained through quiz style questioning and practical delivery. Learners will need to demonstrate that they have reached a level of competence to ensure the safety and wellbeing of their clients. This is done through observation – both by their peers and the master trainer leading the workshop.
About Move it or Lose it! Training
Move it or Lose it! Training is committed to help older people to live longer better, through safe, effective and enjoyable exercise sessions. As collaborative partners with the Centre for Healthy Ageing Research at University of Birmingham, our training is of the highest standard and is informed by the latest research into active ageing.
Our training is aimed at improving functional ability to help older adults live independently by increasing their strength, mobility, confidence and coordination. Each exercise session is also an opportunity for older adults to have fun, interact and socialise with their peers to help reduce loneliness.
In 2016, Royal Voluntary Service commissioned an independent pilot study to evaluate the impact of the Move it or Lose it chair-based exercise programme. The findings from the pilot show that functional improvement was achieved in 61% of the sample and that on average people improved by 20%. The pilot also showed a very positive impact on loneliness scores; 22% less reported they were lonely at assessment stage.
This led Royal Voluntary Service to officially partner with Move it or Lose it to deliver the chair-based exercise programme to staff and volunteers across the UK.
See the study results: “Reducing sarcopenia in older adults and improving wellbeing through targeted chair-based resistance exercises.”