Information for older people

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Current COVID-19 social isolation policies suggest that older people limit contact with others. This may mean that you cannot do your usual physical or social activities.

Australian guidelines recommend all older people should be active every day doing a range of physical activities that promote fitness, strength,

balance and flexibility. Similar recommendations are

also useful for people with mobility problems.

If you were physically active before the restrictions of COVID-19, try to replicate the amount and types of these activities in ways consistent with the limitations in place. 

If you were not physically active before the COVID-19 outbreak, it is a good time to start an exercise program. If you need advice before starting a program, particularly if you have existing health, mobility or balance problems, a physiotherapist can assist. Some physiotherapists offer telehealth appointments.

​We provide some information on ways to stay active during COVID-19 at three levels of function and fitness. If you are not sure which level best suits you, start at the easiest level (Level 1) and work your way up. There is also information about how hard you should work when exercising and tips to keep you motivated. Remember that if you need assistance, a physiotherapist can help you decide how to start exercising safely.

These exercises will also be useful for people of any age with health problems, including COVID-19.

Please note: this website is not intended to replace individual health professional care. 

If you have any concerns or questions about what you can safely do, you should seek
professional advice from your doctor, physiotherapist, or other health professional with
expertise in exercise prescription.

Level 1

Suits those who:

  • feel unsteady turning or reaching out

  • walk slowly

  • use a walking aid

  • have medical conditions that limit activity

  • get assistance with housework and other activities such as shopping

Level 2


Suits those who:

  • have a well-controlled medical condition

  • get puffed easily or feel a little unsteady

  • can walk down the street

  • get minimal help with daily activities

Level 3

Suits those who:

  • regularly walk (at least 30 minutes in one session)

  • feel steady walking outside

  • may attend a gym

  • engage in activities such as gardening