No Irish woman would be swindled by the Tinder Swindler
No Irish woman would be swindled by the Tinder Swindler

Sarah Finnan

This darling Limerick cottage with its own wildflower garden is on the market for €170,000
This darling Limerick cottage with its own wildflower garden is on the market for €170,000

Sarah Finnan

Ask the Doctor: What are the symptoms of colorectal cancer?
Ask the Doctor: What are the symptoms of colorectal cancer?

Sarah Finnan

Olivia Rodgrigo’s cover of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ is yet another testament to a true timeless classic
Olivia Rodgrigo’s cover of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ is yet another testament to a true...

Sarah Gill

‘I was taking a leap of faith because I knew it was something I wanted to do’
‘I was taking a leap of faith because I knew it was something I wanted...

Shayna Sappington

How to know what it is you want, according to a transformation coach
How to know what it is you want, according to a transformation coach

Niamh Ennis

This recently renovated Ranelagh home is on the market for €1.475 million
This recently renovated Ranelagh home is on the market for €1.475 million

Megan Burns

15 romantic movies where the actors fell in love on screen and in real life
15 romantic movies where the actors fell in love on screen and in real life

Lauren Heskin

Social Pictures: Coca-Cola Zero Sugar’s Summer of Music launch
Social Pictures: Coca-Cola Zero Sugar’s Summer of Music launch

Sarah Gill

Quick weekday meal: Shiitake and spinach turmeric omelette
Quick weekday meal: Shiitake and spinach turmeric omelette

Meg Walker

Image / Self

5 gentle YouTube workouts designed for the elderly, disabled or people with limited mobility


By Erin Lindsay
14th Oct 2020
5 gentle YouTube workouts designed for the elderly, disabled or people with limited mobility

If you are struggling to find a workout that fits your unique circumstances, start with these gentle YouTube workouts


For those with underlying health conditions, finding an exercise routine that works for their body can be difficult. It is so important, no matter what your circumstances, to get moving every day. But many online workouts that focus on high intensity exercise can be intimidating to those who need something more gentle.

Don’t let the onslaught of Instagram ‘fitness’ discourage you. Whether you are a bit older, have a disability or an underlying condition that affects your fitness levels, or are dealing with limited mobility for different reasons, there are lots of ways to stay active.

These five YouTube workouts are some of the best we’ve found, but it’s all about finding a routine that works for you. Try to switch things up regularly to keep fitness interesting and motivating. Remember to prioritise your diet as well as fitness, and to eat right as much as possible. And as always, remember that your mental health is as important as your physical health, and practice a self-care routine that works for you too.

Note: Always consult your GP before making any drastic changes to your routine

Joe Wicks’ 10 Minute Chair-Based Workout

Joe Wicks aka the Body Coach’s YouTube videos have been a Godsend to millions during this year’s lockdown. From kids missing out on P.E to parents who fancy upping their workout game, Wicks has a routine to suit everyone, including those who are limited in their options. This easy 10 minute chair workout is suitable for the elderly, those who have limited mobility in their legs, or those in a wheelchair. It’s gentle enough to do every morning too.

HASfit’s 30-minute Standing & Seated Exercise

What I really like about this workout is that it visualises your options for you – if you’re feeling strong enough to do a standing workout, follow the man on the right. If you need to remain seated, follow Claudia on the left. There are always ways to adapt a workout to suit your limits – if you find a video that you love, but that is too strenuous, explore some ways to make some steps easier.

Tom Merrick’s 15 Minute Beginner Flexibility Routine

Improving flexibility can make an immense difference in your day-to-day quality of life. If you can incorporate some kind of stretching and mobility-improving movement into your exercise routine, it can help your physical health in so many ways. Again, this is a routine that can easily be modified to suit your needs. Just stretch as far as you can along with Tom (without overextending or hurting yourself) and see how you improve over the coming weeks.

Caroline Jordan’s Chair Cardio for Fat Loss

Admittedly, Caroline Jordan’s high energy might not suit everyone, but there’s no denying that her chair-based cardio routine is a great one. Getting your cardio in can be really hard when you can’t pump your legs and arms, but there are ways to get your heart rate up while seated, as she demonstrates. Hearing her encouragement throughout the video can be a great aid to your mental health while exercising too.

KymNonStop’s Seated Ab & Arm Workout

Strengthening your core is a brilliant way to aid your spine and lower back if you tend to have problems with those areas. This workout is a little more intense than some others, but if you can manage to follow along, your entire body will thank you for it.