Functional Fitness MOT for older people



Later Life Training, in conjunction with Glasgow Caledonian University and the British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health (BHF NCPAH), have put together an awareness raising tool that can be used freely in order to:

Functional MOT

  • Highlight the new Physical Activity Guidelines with older people
  • Highlight the importance of the components of fitness, particularly strength and balance
  • Use as a motivational tool to engage older people in programmes and activities

The Functional Fitness MOT is a person-centred tool that uses a number of different physical function tests to give older adults an idea of how their fitness compares to their peers. The results of these tests can be used to discuss the different components of fitness and highlight individuals' strengths and weaknesses.

The Functional Fitness MOT can be used as an educational tool in a variety of settings including leisure centres, shopping precincts, community centres as well as residential and care settings. It includes activities such as chair sit and reach, 30 second chair stand and eight feet up and go.

The Functional Fitness Resources have been produced by Glasgow Caledonian University and Later Life Training and have been piloted at the 8th World Congress on Active Ageing and the Glasgow Science Festival. Information within the handout has been personalised for opportunities within Cornwall - many of which can be found on the Get Active Cornwall Website.



Functional Fitness - Handout

Functional Fitness - Protocols

Functional Fitness - Circuit Cards


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