Our Staying Steady programme is for people who have had a fall, or who feel as though they may be at risk of having a fall.
Anyone can have a fall, but older people are more vulnerable and likely to fall, especially if they have a long-term health condition. Falls are a common, but often overlooked, cause of injury. While most do not result in serious injury, there’s always a risk that a fall could lead to broken bones, and it can cause the person to lose confidence, become withdrawn, and feel as if they have lost their independence.
We offer a Staying Steady programme which is scientifically proven to improve strength and balance and aims to reduce falls and enable people to live independently at home for longer.
Staying Steady is a free programme that is 27 weeks long and each weekly session lasts around one hour. The classes are fun and enjoyable and a great way to make new friends. Typically, classes have around 15 participants.
Normally, you can access the programme at four different places across the City:
- Healthworks Lemington Centre
- Heathworks Health Resouce Centre in Benwell
- Byker Swimming Pool
- Trinity Church in Gosforth
Even though we currently find ourselves in a situation where we are unable to offer our classes in person, we have developed Staying Steady programme booklets and videos to help people exercise at home when they have a spare 20 minutes here and there. It’s really important to remember that every little bit of exercise counts!
The Staying Steady programme booklets are in stages, and each stage will include exercises to help:
Cardiovascular (heart and lungs)
Relaxation (mind and body)
Click on the relevant button to access the Stage’s exercise booklet (please note that only people registered for our Staying Steady programme will receive the full pack contents as described).
If you feel that you would benefit from our Staying Steady programme then please contact the team.
We have a Get Active At Home playlist on our You Tube channel and our Physical Activity Team have designed a Staying Steady 10 Step Home Workout that will help you improve your strength and balance.
If you have a pre-existing medical condition or any concerns, talk to your doctor or health professional before starting any exercise programme. Stop exercising and consult your physician if you feel dizzy, faint, light-headed or if you experience any discomfort, only you can monitor your condition during your workout and you are responsible for exercising within your limits.
You may also be interested in our other Getting Active activities.