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Exercise classes for the over 50s

Published Monday, 01 December 2014

Issued on behalf of Age UK.

EXERCISE classes are being held throughout Hinckley and Bosworth to help improve health and fitness amongst the over 50s.

“Some people believe that exercise classes are not for the over 50s, but at that stage of life, exercise is more important than ever for several reasons,” said Melanie Tee, who runs the classes on behalf of Leicester Shire & Rutland Age UK.

Melanie is a qualified aerobic and gym instructor and a GP referral instructor (GPs can refer patients to help with ailments such as arthritis, high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes).

She has been teaching classes for 20 years and five years ago started classes for the over 50s. “I love teaching the over 50s classes and find them very rewarding,” she said.

“Regular exercise as we grow older can help boost energy, maintain independence and help manage symptoms and pain. The classes are also a great way to meet people and make new friends.”

She added:

“Aerobic exercise can reduce cholesterol, lower blood pressure and can help us lose weight. Weight-bearing exercises can help maintain bone density, therefore reduce the risk of osteoporosis. They can also improve posture. Exercise can even reverse some symptoms of ageing and helps with balance, co-ordination, motor skills and confidence. Improved balance can help provide falls.”

After the classes there is tea and biscuits and a chat. Throughout the year they have regular nights out as a group for dinner, dancing and skittles. The class is as much about socializing as it is about exercising.

Classes are run as follows:

Mondays

Bagworth Working Men's Club (9.30am to 10.30am)
Ratby Sports Club (11.30am to 12.30pm)
Westfield Centre, Hinckley (1.30pm to 2.30pm)

Tuesdays

Earl Shilton Senior Citizens Centre (10am to 11am)

Wednesdays

Sport in Desford (9.30am to 10.30am)
The Baxter Hall, Stoke Golding (1.30pm to 2.30pm) – starts 21 January 2015

Thursdays

Barlestone Village Hall (10.30am to 11.30am)
Westfield Centre, Hinckley (1.30pm to 2.30pm)

As a special offer during ‘Move More 4 Less Week’, the sessions at Earl Shilton on 20 January 2015 and at Stoke Golding on 21 January will cost just £1 each.

For more details, call Melanie on 01455 290976.

Last updated: 01/12/2014 09:11