Get Up and Go (GUG) - Falls Prevention

What is the Get Up & Go?

‘Get Up & Go’ (GUG) provides strength and balance classes for older people as part of a Falls Prevention programme commissioned by Public Health. Based on the evidence based OTAGO exercise programme, GUG consists of a set of leg muscle strengthening and balance retraining exercises which progress in difficulty over a course of 12 weeks.

The programme is coordinated by Northamptonshire Sport, but delivered in a number of community settings by qualified OTAGO exercise trained instructors.

The research behind the exercises classes is proven to:

  • Reduce falls
  • Reduce injury due to falls
  • Improve balance & strength
  • Improve ability to complete everyday tasks
  • Increase stamina
  • Improve mood
  • Improve confidence and independence.


Who is eligible?

GUG is aimed at older adults who have already had a fall or those who feel a little unsteady on their feet and have concerns about balance and mobility.

How to make a referral?

Patients can self-refer on to the GUG programme by contacting their local GUG class and booking directly. For more a list of classes visit

Last updated: 31 Jan 2019