Level 3 - Advanced

Click here to download a PDF of an example Level 3 exercise program.

These exercises suit people who:

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

  • feel steady walking outside

  • may attend a gym

  • engage in activities such as gardening

If you have had two or more falls in the past 12 months, it is advisable to start on Level 1 or Level 2. You should also consult your doctor or physiotherapist to help reduce your risk of falling.

Older couple running through park

Some examples of exercises are below. Remember it's important to exercise safely. This website also has tips on how hard you should work and how to stay motivated.

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 3 exercises

Level 3 exercise videos can be found at the bottom of this page.

  • You can go out for daily walks or continue to work in the garden. 
     

  • If you are unable to go outside, try climbing up and down stairs, putting on some music and walking around the house or marching on the spot (high stepping).
     

  • You can also use an exercise bike or treadmill. If you have not used one before, take it easy to start and take care getting on and off.
     

  • Go swimming, or ride a bike outdoors if you enjoy these activities.

Fitness

Cardiovascular exercise

  • If you're unable to attend your gym or exercise class in person, check to see if they have classes available on-line. You may be able to replace weights with tins of food, water bottles or milk bottles filled with sand or water, or elastic/therabands.
     

  • Stand up and sit down from a chair without using your arms.
     

  • Rising up onto your toes.

Strength and balance exercises

Links to online exercise options

You can find exercise tips and ideas here. You can also read some stories about how others like you are staying active at home.

Go4Life Exercise videos 
Go4Life has sample exercise videos of various lengths (10 minutes – 60 minutes). Some videos focus on strength or fitness exercise, others have a mix of strength, balance, fitness and flexibility. If you don’t have hand weights you can use a can of food!

 

Clock Yourself is an app you can download with stepping, reaction time and cognitive exercises.

 

NHS Inform has a list of strength and balance exercise for people at Level 3. There is also a brief video to help you determine the best level of exercise to start with. Note that the ‘Telecare’ option is only available in the UK.

Exercise TOP UP Level 3 Advanced

 

Rik Dawson (physiotherapist and Safe Exercise at Home team member) delivers a 35 minute advanced balance and strengthening exercise program for older people who have a high level of balance and experience exercising.

Warmup starts about 2 minutes into the video and the strengthening and balance sections commences at the 11 minute mark.

Homestrong exercise tips
 

This is a 10 minute video with exercises you can do at home. Make sure a sturdy support (table/bench or sturdy chair) is close.