Keep Active at Home

Even when all of our sessions are closed due to COVID-19, we still aim to be there for our members!

Here are some things you can try at home to help you keep Activ@Home!

ActivLives isn’t just about keeping physically active, we like to keep our members mentally active too!  Whether that’s staying social with friends, talking about the ‘good-ol’-days’ or working on your coordination with seated dancing.

However, with the current lockdown of the UK, and with all of our hubs closed, it’s more difficult than ever to keep you all active!  That’s where ‘Activ@Home’ comes in!

We’re going to be posting something every couple of days to keep you all active mentally & physically (and to minimise boredom!)

Important information – please read before you start any of the exercise / singing videos on our Website / Facebook Page

ActivLives offers health and fitness information designed for education purposes only. You should not rely on the information that ActivLives provides as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should consult a physician or healthcare professional.

The use of any information/videos/live steaming sessions provided is solely at your own risk. We assume no responsibility for injuries suffered whilst practising the exercises / singing sessions on our online video forum. We do not recommend that you do the exercises without appropriate supervision if you have a new acute injury or illness.

ActivLives is unable to risk access the environment you will exercising in and are not liable for any injuries caused by environmental factors.

You should consult your physician or other healthcare professional before starting any fitness programme. Do not start a fitness programme if your physician or healthcare provider advises against it. If you experience faintness, dizziness, pain or discomfort, you must stop the exercises immediately.

 Anyone using the content of our videos has automatically agreed to the terms and conditions set out in this waiver.

Safety at home:

  • Please make sure there are no trip hazards in the area you are exercising in such as cables, bags, wires, pets etc….
  • Make sure you have enough room / space to do the exercises without hitting or knocking over any furniture, lamps, ornaments etc
  • Make sure your chair is sturdy and that you are safe on and around it at all times
  • Only do what you are able to do. If you experience faintness, dizziness, pain or discomfort, you must stop the exercises immediately.

Stay Strong – 24/04/2020

Follow along with Jo in this strength and balance building video.
Downloadable information sheets available below the video.

Aaaand Stretch – 14/04/2020

Follow along with Jo in this stretching video to help limber up.
Downloadable information sheets available below the video.

Advanced Seated Exercise – 06/04/2020

Follow along with Jo in this advanced Better Balance seated exercise.
Downloadable information sheets available below the video.

Downloadable information sheets:

Beginners Seated Exercise – 27/03/2020

Follow along with Jo in this beginners Better Balance seated exercise.
Downloadable information sheets available below the video.

NEW!   ‘That Reminds Me’ – A Reminiscing Project

It won’t have escaped anyone’s notice that during enforced isolation we seem to be revisiting some of the “old ways” of doing things.

Reminiscing isn’t about recording historical facts. It’s about remembering stories that are personal to us, and often discovering what we have in common.  Talking about our memories and looking at the things we have kept from the past can be comfortingly nostalgic, but it may also prove useful to the generation that comes after us. Anyone who has had to clear out an older relative’s house will be familiar with the difficulty and puzzlement caused by trying to sort out random belongings and photographs without names or dates.

Each week we will introduce a different topic, introduce a few talking points and set you a fun quiz and a creative challenge. We hope at least some of it provides a welcome distraction and amusement in these peculiar times

You can join in by yourself, with a partner or across a whole family.  If you are reminiscing with someone else, even someone you know well, it is important to listen carefully to what they say. Don’t jump to conclusions – they may surprise you.

Keeping a record of what we remember can be fun.  We would invite you to start a simple scrapbook and/or memory box where you can make a note and store your special memories.  We’ll be suggesting some creative ideas about filling these as we go along.

If you are happy to share thoughts and/or photographs with a wider audience we would love you to send them in so we can post some of them up.

Please send to

Let’s Get Quizzical! – 25/05/2020

It’s week 9 of ‘Let’s Get Quizzical!’, and this week we’ve got a quiz all about cats, and a general knowledge quiz to give your brain a workout!

Let’s Get Quizzical! – 18/05/2020

Today marks 2 months since we started these weekly quizzes!
This week we’ve got one of our favourite combinations – cooking and football!

‘Bombs Away!’ – How to make Bee Bombs

Join Bev as she makes her own ‘Bee Bombs’!
These are fun ways to bring some colour to your garden, and are perfect for kids to make!

If you make your own, be sure to upload a photo of you with your bee bombs and tag @ActivLives on social media. We’d love to see how busy you’ve all been!

More garden DIY videos coming soon!

Photo library

Here’s a bunch of photos that have been taken down at our gardens – The People’s Community Garden & Chantry Walled Garden – over the past couple of years!

‘Pack Up Your Troubles’ + ‘It’s A Long Way To Tipperary’ – 75 Year VE Day Special with Gina

Join Gina in singing the classic songs, ‘Pack Up Your Troubles’ + ‘It’s A Long Way To Tipperary’ as a special VE Day celebration.

ActivSingers | Sing-a-long with Gina

Join Gina in vocals warmups and singing some classic songs in this playlist of videos made for our ActivSingers – either watch all the videos in a row below

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