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Embracing Gentle Exercise: The Path to Improved Wellbeing

Posted by Rachel Hows on May 23, 2024 1:57:59 PM
Rachel Hows


Welcome to your MCI Wellbeing Blog for June!

This month, we’re excited to talk about the numerous benefits of gentle exercise. Whether you're looking to improve your mobility, enhance your balance, or simply find a way to reduce stress, gentle exercise offers a versatile and effective approach to staying active. Join us as we explore various gentle exercise activities, share tips to make your daily walks more enjoyable, and provide valuable resources to help you maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. Let’s dive in and discover how gentle exercise can enhance your wellbeing!

  • What is it?

    Gentle exercise refers to physical activities that are low-impact and suitable for people with varying levels of mobility or those who prefer a more moderate approach to fitness. These exercises provide numerous benefits without putting excessive strain on the body.

  • Benefits

    Gentle exercise offers several benefits, especially for those who may have limitations or prefer a more moderate approach to physical activity. Here are some of the advantages:

    1. - Improved Mobility and Flexibility: Gentle exercises help maintain joint flexibility and prevent stiffness. They promote better range of motion, making everyday movements easier.
    2. - Enhanced Balance and Coordination: Activities like tai chi and yoga focus on balance and coordination. Regular practice can reduce the risk of falls, especially in older adults.
    3. - Stress Reduction: Engaging in gentle exercises can help reduce stress and anxiety. The mindful movements in practices like yoga and Pilates promote relaxation and mental well-being.
    4. - Cardiovascular Health: While gentle exercises are low-impact, they still contribute to cardiovascular health. Walking, swimming, and cycling at a comfortable pace can improve heart health.
    5. - Muscle Strength: Even though these exercises are gentle, they still engage muscles. Resistance band exercises and light weight lifting help maintain muscle strength.
    6. - Weight Management: Consistent gentle exercise can assist with weight management by burning calories and maintaining a healthy metabolism.
    7. - Social Interaction: Group classes or walking with a friend provide social interaction, which is essential for mental health.



    • - Walking: A simple yet effective way to stay active. Walking at a comfortable pace helps improve cardiovascular health, strengthens leg muscles, and enhances overall well-being.
    • - Swimming: Water-based exercises are gentle on the joints. Swimming or water aerobics provide a full-body workout without stressing the body.
    • - Tai Chi: An ancient Chinese practice that combines slow, flowing movements with deep breathing. Tai Chi improves balance, flexibility, and mental relaxation.Solutions Cover Proposal  (9)
    • - Yoga: Yoga involves a series of poses (asanas) that promote flexibility, strength, and mindfulness. It’s excellent for reducing stress and enhancing overall health.
    • - Pilates: Pilates focuses on core strength, stability, and posture. It uses controlled movements and emphasizes alignment.
    • - Cycling: Riding a stationary bike or cycling outdoors at a leisurely pace is a low-impact way to engage leg muscles and boost cardiovascular fitness.
    • - Resistance Band Exercises: Using resistance bands provides gentle resistance for muscle strengthening. These exercises can be done while sitting or standing.
    • - Chair-Based Exercises: Ideal for individuals with limited mobility, chair exercises target various muscle groups while sitting in a stable chair.
    • - Stretching: Regular stretching helps maintain flexibility, prevents muscle stiffness, and promotes relaxation.
    • - Hand Weight Exercises: Light hand weights (dumbbells) can be used for gentle strength training. Focus on proper form and avoid heavy weights.

    Choose activities that you enjoy and that align with your fitness level. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any exercise program, especially if you have existing health conditions.


    Walking is free, easy to fit into your daily routine, and requires only a sturdy pair of walking shoes.  Walking offers numerous health benefits, making it an excellent choice for people of all ages and fitness levels. Making walking more interesting can help you stay motivated and enjoy your time outdoors. Here are some creative ideas to spice up your walking routine:

    1. - Change Your Route:
      • Explore different neighbourhoods, parks, or trails. A new environment can make your walk more exciting.
    2. - Listen to Audiobooks or Podcasts:
      • Use headphones and listen to your favourite audiobooks, podcasts, or educational content. It’s a great way to learn while walking.
    3. - Create Walking Challenges:
      • Set goals for steps, distance, or time. Challenge yourself to beat your own records or compete with friends virtually.
    4. - Take a Photo Walk:
      • Bring your smartphone or camera and capture interesting sights along the way. You’ll notice details you might have missed before.
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        • Pay attention to your surroundings—the colours, sounds, and smells. Be present in the moment and appreciate the little things.
    5. - Interval Walking:
      • Alternate between brisk walking and slower-paced walking. It adds variety and boosts your heart rate.
    6. - Geocaching:
      • If you enjoy treasure hunts, try geocaching. Use a GPS device or smartphone app to find hidden caches in your area.
    7. - Walk with a Purpose:
      • Combine walking with errands. Walk to the grocery store, post office, or library. It’s productive and keeps you moving.
    8. - Join a Walking Group:
      • Look for local walking clubs or organize walks with friends. Socializing while walking makes it more enjoyable.
    9. - Practice Walking Meditation:
      • Focus on each step, your breath, and the rhythm of walking. It’s a calming practice that enhances mindfulness.
    10. - Learn About Trees and Plants:
      • Take a field guide or use a plant identification app. Identify trees, flowers, and birds during your walk.
    11. - Add Bodyweight Exercises:
      • Stop at intervals and do a few squats, lunges, or calf raises. It adds a fitness element to your walk.


    1. - Physical Activity and Exercise Guidelines:
    3. - Exercise Programs at Home:
      • The National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) offers links to exercise programs that you can do at home. These programs are specifically designed for older adults. Additionally, the Stay on Your Feet program by the Western Australia Department of Health focuses on falls prevention and includes resources on safe exercise for older Australians.
    5. - Safe Exercise at Home:
      • Physiotherapists from around Australia have developed the Safe Exercise at Home website and booklet. These resources provide advice on exercises suitable for people of all ages, including those with health conditions or walking difficulties. Choose activities you enjoy, start slowly, and gradually build up your exercise routine.

    Remember to listen to your body and choose activities that feel comfortable. Consistency matters more than intensity, especially when it comes to gentle exercise. Enjoy staying active!


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By Rachel Hows

Rachel is a student mentor, working in MCI for 2 and a half years. Courses mentoring: • Certificate III Business • Certificate IV in Business (Leadership) • Cert IV in Business • Diploma of Training Design and Development • Diploma of Leadership and Management • Certificate IV in Project Management Practice • Certificate IV Business Admin