Free exercise videos on YouTube for the over 60s
Regular physical activity is important for the health and mental well-being of people 50 and older — exercise boosts energy, strengthens the heart, and helps older folks manage illness or pain as well as weight.
We understand that going to the gym is a high hurdle for many. For some, it’s dealing with the crowds, paying for the gym membership, or not knowing how to use the machines. The good news is with the rise of YouTube, many have found their answer. The video platform has attracted hundreds of fitness vloggers. Each has their own focus and their own skills.
Here’s more good news: Going to the gym is not essential to staying fit — especially since we’re spending more time at home these days and practicing social distancing.
This blog explores a number of free exercise videos on YouTube, ranging from all types of weight brackets, age groups over 60 and fitness levels. Just find the one that best suits you.
P.S. We’ve also included a heap of exercise-related articles for Over 60s at the end of this blog.
The Body Coach TV
The Body Coach TV posts regular home workouts to help you get, stronger, healthier and happier. Whilst covering a range of age groups and fitness levels, Body Coach TV has done a number of home workout videos labelled under ‘seniors’ but covers ages from 60 and over. To see more videos for the over 60s by The Body Coach click here. In addition, he also posted a 7-Day Seniors Workout Challenge. All videos can be watched free.
Video: This short home workout is designed for seniors or for anyone looking for something a bit lighter.
Senior Fitness With Meredith
A channel devoted to health and wellness for ages 55 – 75 + through exercise, physical activity, and a positive mindset. Videos are added weekly on Senior Fitness With Meredith YouTube channel and website, and range from beginner, intermediate and advanced across different types of exercises. View all videos on YouTube, or visit the website which allows you to filter your search based on duration, strength and fitness level – visit website.
Video: Advanced HIIT, Cardio & Abs Workout For Seniors | 30 Min
In this this video Meredith is taking you through an advanced level HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and cardio routine alternating seated core and abs movements. HIIT exercises are great for building up your cardiovascular system by incorporating a timer and interval style movements. With 45 seconds “on” or work with 15 seconds of rest, this HIIT routine is sure to get your heart rate up and get you moving. Also in this workout are alternating sessions of seated core and abs movements also timed in an interval fashion an designed to help strengthen your core area.
Over 50s, So What!
Personal Energy Expert Carol O’Halloran, has released a range of exercise videos specifically for the over 50s. While the YouTube Channel is called Over 50 So What! Carol in her mid 60’s and all programs are also suitable for over 60s. View videos on Over 50s, So What!
Video: Gentle exercise 30 min video which includes floor work and stretching. Can be adapted for chair exercise. Designed to help everyone over 50 and over 60 and even over 70.
Active Seniors Health Centre
Active Seniors specialises in seniors health, focusing on exercise, nutrition, attitude and a healthy lifestyle. They design individualised health and exercise programs that can be done at one of centres, or online via email and video. View videos on Active Seniors Health Centre
Try their ’14-day exercise in a minute’ schedule >> View videos here.
Video: Carla takes you through a dynamic balance exercise session. Kick your shoes off and make sure you have a safe space, a chair and a small ball (like a tennis or golf ball) handy.
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Joanna has over 15 years experience of working in the health and fitness profession and NHS as an Exercise Physiologist and Personal Trainer, you will be getting quality advice to get into shape. Join her on the Movement Mission to a brighter, healthier body. Free exercise routines uploaded regularly. View videos here
Are you stuck indoors? Well let’s keep our muscles and heart strong with this exercise routine. This is suitable for the 70 plus age who need to work on strength, mobility and balance. I developed this video for my Nan who I won’t be able to see in person so join us together, feeling better and brighter with every move with take. Here are the links for PART 2 and PART 3
National Institute On Aging
The National Institute on Aging is the U.S. Government’s lead agency on aging research and is part of the National Institutes of Health. NIA supports a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and extend the active, healthy years of life. View videos here
Video: 20-minute video that features exercises for seniors, Go4Life fitness instructor Sandy Magrath leads older adults through a workout featuring a warm up; strength, flexibility, and balance exercises; and a cool down. Designed specifically for adults over age 50. You’ll need a sturdy chair with arms; two equally weighed objects like dumbbells, soup cans, or water bottles; a mat; and a towel.
Run by a husband and wife team and boasting a workout catalogue of 600 videos, FitnessBlender has become one of the top fitness channels on YouTube. They post fairly frequently, usually one or two new videos a week. And there is a workout video for all ranges of strength and fitness, you just need to browse their YouTube listings. View videos here
Video: Low Impact Workout for Beginners – 40 Minute Total Body Beginner Workout. In this video we go through two set of 10 repetitions, meaning we will do 10 motions of each exercise, pause for a small rest then complete another 10. Now, though that is what we use in the video you do have to or need to start there. In fact it would be better to start with just a few repetitions (4-6) and only do one set until you know how your body will react to the entire routine. Read more here
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HASfit offer over 1,000 full length, all free, but a great part of their videos is their range of workouts. For example, HASfit released a range of exercises for seniors, obese, plus size, & limited mobility individuals. View videos here.
Video: 30 Minute Standing & Seated Exercise for Seniors, Obese, Plus Size, & Limited Mobility Workout – Chair. Read more on the workout here.
Want to see free workouts with some of top fitness gurus like Jillian Michaels or Billy Blanks? How about something from the godmother of workout fitness videos, Jane Fonda? That’s exactly what you’ll get with BeFit. Offering more than 1,000 videos, BeFit covers all levels of workouts. As an added bonus, BeFit has a series of videos called Health Hacks which focus on topics like nutrition and weight loss tips. View videos here.
If you’re too overwhelmed by the videos listed, and only interested in Jane Fonda workouts, simply search the name in the BeFit search. Link to Jane Fonda videos here
Video: Jane Fonda: Walking Cardio Workout : Level 1 is a one mile waist-slimming walking workout that is designed to boost metabolism, burn fat, build lean muscle, and stretch the joints through a continuous series of heart-pumping aerobic exercises that can be done anywhere. Hollywood Icon and Legendary Fitness Guru, Jane Fonda takes you through this cardio exercise that will boost energy, stimulate the mind, reduce stress, increase circulation, and work the arms, legs, butt, chest, abs, and back.
Similar to HASfit, LiveExercise is an underrated channel for the quality of work they’ve put in. LiveExercise has high production values, talented instructors, and a variety of videos. The channel’s fantastic Launchpad series is where LiveExercise shines. It’s a series of videos for the elderly, obese, and mobility-impaired. Launchpad is lighthearted, and the instructors are a joy to follow. Another benefit of the series is that it requires very little equipment. Most videos only require your chair, light dumbbells, and a couch pillow. View videos here
Video: If you are chair ridden and need a very low starting point then this workout is for you. We’ve designed this Series to get you started and help you gradually work your way up. Follow along with your workout partners Sara and Rob as they lead you through an introductory workout to get your muscles moving and blood flowing.
Need some inspiration? It’s never too late to start exercising
Case in point, Joan Macdonald. Her journey to better health and a improved quality of life started in 2016, at age 70, weighing 90kg, and she has never looked back.
What got her motivated? Hear it from her.
“Just because you’re older doesn’t mean you can’t change, and change DEEPLY. Honestly, it’s not just about eating better and lifting weights. It’s just not. That’s a big part of it, but it’ll only get you so far. If you really want to change you’re going to have to change who you think you are deep down inside. As long as you keep telling yourself you’re a snacker you’re going to continue to snack when you’re stressed or bored. As long as you keep telling yourself that you’re too old, or too injured, or too overweight, you’ll keep on going back to that story when you are faced with the inevitable challenges ahead of you. So changing your mindset/changing your identity, THIS is absolutely key to lasting transformation.”
You should consult your physician or other health care professional before starting a any fitness program to determine if it is right for your needs. This is particularly true if you (or your family) have a history of high blood pressure or heart disease, or if you have ever experienced chest pain when exercising or have experienced chest pain in the past month when not engaged in physical activity, smoke, have high cholesterol, are obese, or have a bone or joint problem that could be made worse by a change in physical activity. Do not start this fitness program if your physician or health care provider advises against it. If you experience faintness, dizziness, pain or shortness of breath at any time while exercising you should stop immediately.
While you’re here…
Read our exercise-related articles for the Over 60s
- Why keeping physically active helps keep your brain active
- Exploring the benefits of being active daily
- How to improve your endurance over 60
- Finding a suitable training range as we get older
- 15 Myths about exercise and older adults
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