Your Community Connect: Health & Wellbeing

It’s incredibly important that we all invest in our health and wellbeing – whether that’s by looking after our physical health by staying active or taking care of our mental wellbeing.

In the Health & Wellbeing area of Your Community Connect you will find community resources from our villages – whether that's from our chefs, with delicious recipes for you to try, or from our community partners who are offering online resources for everyone to access!

Simply click the links below to explore our Health & Wellbeing resources:

Physio-led, online exercise classes for the golden ages

At Lime Tree Village in Rugby, we have had the pleasure of regularly welcoming Liz Coulthread (Rugby Physio) to lead exercise classes to help keep residents fit and healthy since 2010. Liz was keen for residents to still have a way to take part in her classes whilst still staying at home, so she has created some fabulous videos for anyone and everyone to watch and follow. We were keen to share these brilliant resources with as many people as possible – so make sure you click the links below:

Or join Liz on Facebook for more tips and advice on staying active

Recipe videos with our Debden Grange chefs

Make your own fresh pasta or whip up the perfect lemon drizzle cake with these brilliant short recipe videos from our Debden Grange chefs, Shiona and Paola:

Is the throwaway society no more?

There seems to be a resurgence in the ‘Make Do and Mend’ attitude, whether that is to make the most of resources to reduce how often we pop to the shops, to help us nurture a new hobby or perhaps to take care of the environment. Whatever the reason, we think it means people are developing new skills, which may have been forgotten by the younger generation.

The best virtual tours to watch right now

There is no reason why we can’t continue to enjoy our favourite museums, galleries, beauty spots and more – thanks to virtual tours! Lots of businesses have been busy creating great video content that allows you to still experience their locations virtually. We have taken a look and some of the best.

Must-watch virtual theatre

We have put together a round-up of some of our favourite performances – all available to watch online. Create your own cultural playlist from the comfort of your own home - and without the interval queues, or overpriced drinks! Click here to read: Must-watch virtual theatre

Wellbeing playlists on Spotify

Music can be transformative, and podcasts can help us to feel connected. That’s why we have created a new Spotify profile, where we have been collating great podcast episodes and uplifting songs. We’ll keep on adding to the playlists, so make sure you keep coming back to see the latest additions. For now, there are some feel good podcast episodes – with everything from great sporting stories through to classic Desert Island Discs episodes – and podcasts to tune into this month.  

Visit the Retirement Villages Spotify

Staying fit: Some of the best online fitness lessons out there

Staying active is incredibly important for our physical and mental health – and many of our communities are finding creative ways to keep up with their regular exercise classes! Here we list some useful videos and resources to help you stay active and socially distant:

Click here to read: Staying fit: Some of the best online fitness lessons out there

How to lift yourself out of a low mood

We all experience feeling low from time to time, and it can be difficult to lift ourselves out of it. We offer some tips to get you back to your normal self in this post.

Click here to read: How to lift yourself out of a low mood

The importance of reflection: What have we learnt about ourselves?

In recent months you may have found yourself learning alot more about others and yourself. This type of self-reflection can prove to be very fulfilling, so we've outlined some of the things you may have learnt about yourself and what you can take from that moving forwards...

Click here to read: What have we learnt about ourselves?

Take part in the conversation on Facebook too:

New things to learn and some online tools to help you

Now is proving to be the perfect time to invest in our self-development and education - discover some great online tools to help you in our article New things to learn and some online tools to help you.

Keep on visiting Your Community Connect as we add more articles, advice and stories from our villages every week. Make sure you ‘Like’ Retirement Villages Group on Facebook too, to stay up to date with the latest Your Community Connect content.