Resistance Band Pilot The Resistance Band Pilot Programme is an exciting new project inviting over 65s across the county to build muscle strength, keep moving and improve their mobility. Keeping active has a positive effect on both mental and physical wellbeing, helping to slow down age-related functional decline, reduce frailty and falls and maintain independence for as long as possible. Living Well in Later Life Worcestershire (Public Health in Worcestershire) is working with organisations to run a series of pilots that aim to improve muscle strength and wellbeing in older people. What is a Resistance Band Pilot? It is a 12-week resistance exercise programme that you can do at home. Resistance is a type of exercise that helps to build muscle strength, it can be done with an ‘aid’ like an elastic resistance or exercise band. As a participant, you will take part in a programme of online and at-home sessions with other Carers and support from WAC. Carrying out a set of eight exercises for just 10 minutes (at least twice a week) can help build and tone your muscles, helping you to feel stronger and more able to do carry out daily activities. Each participant will receive their own resistance band and exercise booklet. With support from the WAC team, you will be asked to record your progress at the start, middle and end of the 12 weeks by carrying out some simple timed exercises. What are the benefits of resistance training? Builds muscle strength Improved muscle function, bone health and balance Reduced risk of falls Suitable for all abilities (seated or standing) Just 10-minute sessions can make a difference! How do I get involved? The pilot will be launching online in May 2021. If you are worried about using Zoom or a digital device, WAC can support you to get online. If you are a carer and would like to take part or find out more, please contact Jane Taylor: [email protected], (telephone: 07429 333820).