Here at Retirement Homesearch we’ve seen first-hand how development living can benefit retirees. It’s much more than a well-maintained and safe place to live, it’s a community, and we’ve seen these communities thrive even through the challenges and restrictions Coronavirus has presented.

One of the ways this has been achieved at the developments managed by our sister company, FirstPort, is with the help of lifestyle expert, Rosemary Conley CBE.

Rosemary, who has been Editor-in-Chief of FirstPort’s exclusive retirement customer magazine Life & Style since 2019, is supporting FirstPort’s retired residents to stay active at a time when social distancing means this is harder than ever. Through a series of fitness videos and exclusive blogs written for FirstPort, Rosemary is sharing her wisdom on how simple lifestyle changes can help keep people fit and stay positive.

Best known for her multi-million selling diet books and fitness DVDs and as a TV health and fitness presenter, Rosemary is an authority on diet and exercise. Her revolutionary book The Hip and Thigh Diet has sold over 2,000,000 copies since its release in 1988, and more recently she has been in the public eye with appearances on ITV’s Dancing on Ice and interviews with The Times and The Daily Telegraph.

Rosemary has outlined her tips for exercising at home, boosting your immune system and staying positive. She has also filmed a series of mini-workouts suitable for people of all ages, which are now available on FirstPort’s website to help residents exercise at home.

With many regular community and group activities temporarily on hold because of the lockdown, Rosemary’s guidance has been providing some inspiration to help residents use their homes creatively to stay healthy and fit.

Rosemary Conley CBE comments: “Keeping active can be challenging – and in these testing times staying physically and mentally fit is even more crucial to our wellbeing. With more time on our hands, it’s good to remember the positive things we can focus on so that when we return to our normal lives, we do so feeling healthier.

“We all have different circumstances, but whatever our age or ability, there are things everyone can do to maintain a healthy lifestyle and get regular exercise at home. It’s incredible how quickly our lives can improve just by doing one or two activities per day.”

Nigel Howell, chief executive of FirstPort, adds: “We know lockdown is presenting challenges for everyone’s home lives, and we particularly wanted to do something to help our retirement residents stay entertained during what is an isolating time for many.  We’re so pleased to be sharing Rosemary’s guidance on how residents can stay happy and healthy in their homes.  We’re also sharing weekly entertainment packs including puzzles, recipes and adult colouring with these residents.  These are important initiatives to make sure we retain the much valued sense of community in our retirement developments even when people are not socialising in their normal ways.”

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