WELCOME to Improved Health!
Hi! My name is Jules (a.k.a Julie) and I am thrilled to welcome you here! I work as a Recreation Therapist (over 25 years with 15+ years specifically with seniors), and have also owned a personal training business in the past. When the pandemic started, I knew a lot of people could no longer attend their gym or community center, so I decided to record fitness workouts that I hoped would help others. My goal was to inspire and motivate people to continue exercising from home. Exercise is one of the most beneficial things for all of us from
a physical, emotional and cognitive standpoint. Recent research states dementia would be decreased by 25% if people were physically active. That's an astonishing statistic! It is also proven that exercise is one of the best ways to fight depression. My hope is that you'll find workouts here to help you become active, and remain active. If you're just starting out, you can find plenty of gentle seated and standing workouts below which would be a great starting point. If you're looking for something a little more challenging, the beginner and intermediate workouts might be more your speed. Whether you're a senior, or someone younger just looking for more gentle workouts, congratulations for taking the step to becoming more active. Your future self will thank you!
Gentle Seated Workouts
Gentle Standing Workouts
Gentle exercise workouts are designed for anyone new to exercise, for those with mobility or various health issues, and for people returning to exercise after an injury or illness. These classes are safe, heart-healthy, and designed to be manageable for those who want a gentle exercise program. Just remember, a journey of a thousand miles begins with just one step.
Beginner Seated Workouts
Beginner Standing Workouts
If you find the gentle workouts are too easy, or you've gained strength and are ready to move up, the beginner level is the next step. Always remember to go at your own pace and do what works best for you.
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Louise K, Canada (August 2023)
"Improved Health offers an incredible selection of fitness classes for all levels on YouTube. I truly enjoy the support and expertise that Jules offers. She is professional, positive and has guided me beautifully for the past 2 years. I feel better and stronger. I look forward to my fitness class every morning. Give it a try...you won't regret it."
Karen D, USA (August 2023)
"Dear Jules, I have been using your YouTube site for a couple of years now. I am 72 and I have lost 80 pounds! I made a vow to improve my health and you have helped me every single day. I started with your chair exercises and now I am doing at least 2 miles a day with you. I even feel guilty when I take a day off! I feel like I am getting younger, not older. Thank you for creating these wonderful videos that enable people like me to exercise without having to go to a gym. By the way, you go wherever I go. I always take my Ipad!"
Theresa A, USA (July 2023)
"I recently met with my primary care doctor; my blood pressure went from 155/90 last time I was in her office, to 102/70 two weeks ago. She asked what blood pressure medicine the cardiologist gave me, and she was shocked when I told her that he took me off all of it, and that I had been working out daily with 'Improved Health' on YouTube. It's been 10 months of exercise and it's been more fun and more effective that I ever imagined."
Two months later... "I've been working out with you for a year now! Thanks for putting together so many great programs. I'm in much better condition than I was a year ago. I no longer need blood pressure medicine, or a cardiologist."
Jan Kovarik, USA (July 2023)
"The best thing I think I enjoy about the exercise programs you offer is that there are 10, 15, 20 and 30+ minute workouts. This means that I can choose whatever it is that is going to fit into my day. I moderate some by increasing the cardio level with more 'arms above the shoulders' movements, and sometimes I double-time the tempo. You provide such flexibility that there is never an excuse to skip a workout! Thank you!!!"
Nancy S, Canada (June 2023)
"Jules, you really are an amazingly caring woman. You are truly inspiring, your warm smile and positive attitude keeps your workouts fresh and the versatility leaves no room for boredom. I’m so glad I found you. I'm 72 and you are adding life to our years."
Cindy O, (June 2023)
"I just wanted to thank you and tell you that you are my lifesaver. I was quite heavy and sedentary due to a couple back surgeries in the past. I hated to exercise as everything hurt me. A recent health scare finally motivated me to get with it. I found you on YouTube and started doing your 10 minute senior workouts about a couple of months ago. I am now doing the 30+ minute cardio and walk workouts. I enjoy them so much and look forward to working out with you everyday. You've changed my life and my whole attitude towards exercise. I have lost weight, gained muscle, strength and balance. I love your enthusiasm and encouraging messages at the end of workouts. Thank you from a big fan."
Annette S, USA (July 2023)
"Jules, I just wanted to take a moment to tell you how thankful I am to have found your channel! I have been working out for many years but never seeing the results I have with you! I am 65 and am grateful for a body that can move!"
Dianne T, (July 2023)
"I just wanted to write and say thank you for your workouts. You've helped me lose 50 pounds! I have 100 more to lose, and for the first time, I actually think I can do it. I needed something that would get my heart rate up but wasn't too hard because of my medical conditions....and your exercises were perfect! I am going to try the 7 day program next. Day 1 - done! Thank you for the time and effort you put into helping others get stronger and healthier."
Marie-Therese H, Scotland (May 2023)
"Like most people during the lockdowns at the start of the covid pandemic, I found myself at home unable to go anywhere. I will admit I wasn’t the fittest person in the world, I avoided exercise and gyms. As the days went on and my daily routine was totally changed I felt the need to do something to get moving and sort my then 55 year old body into shape. I tried a few of the well known fitness videos on YouTube but I found they talked too much, or they had me jumping about. I have joint issues so burpees and the like were definitely off limits for me.
Then one night I found Improved Health. I watched a few of the videos from the comfort of my bed! I was hooked. The next day I started one of the videos. It was only 20 minutes long. It was awesome. I could do the moves and boy did I feel the workout. It was then I realised just how out of shape I was. Unlike the other channels Jules managed to keep me focused. There are workouts for every level and ability. They range from short 10 minutes workouts to 90 minutes plus ( I managed one of those recently). You never bet bored. Jules hardly talks but when she does its to make sure you are getting the most from the workout and doing it safely. My favourites are the combined cardio, strength and balance workouts (all-in-ones). When I started I was using 1lbweights, I am now on 9lb weights. When I miss working out for whatever reason I can feel it in my body. I have been following Jules for 3 years now. I love the variety of choice and that she truly cares about what she does. So give her channel a try. You won’t be disappointed."
Vicki B, Australia (November 2023)
"Jules, I started doing your workouts when I was advised by the heart foundation to exercise to have a stronger heart, which is what I wanted. This was back in around May and 6 months later, you have helped me feel fitter, stronger, happier, I'm bursting with energy. I did not think I could ever do it. I started with the cardio and just completed the first set of strength videos. You made it happen - in a gentle caring type of way. I am 64 years and feel younger than when I started. I appreciate your work and thank you so much every day."