Strength and balance MOTs can keep you doing the things you enjoy
A local woman has put a spring in her step after joining strength and balance classes that are keeping her doing the things she enjoys.
Rita, aged 77 from Ely joined the fun and sociable class at the local library class having heard about it from a friend after a recent fall. The class featured as part of the successful Stronger for Longer campaign.
The campaign is now encouraging local older people to have a Stronger for Longer MOT to help keep them fit, active and independent. With the help of a qualified instructor, a person will learn about their level of fitness to do everyday activities and find out what simple strength and balance exercises they could do at home or at recommended classes in the community. The MOTs will be running throughout May across the county. In South Cambridgeshire the MOTs taking place are:
- Thursday 9thMay 10am-12noon Kay Hitch Way Communal Room, Histon
- Wednesday 15thMay 2pm-4pm Orchard Close Communal Room, Girton
- Thursday 16thMay 10am-12noon Blythe Way Communal Room, Gamlingay
For more information on the MOTs go to www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/strongerforlonger.
Rita said: “The class has helped me with my walking, strength, balance, and posture, along with confidence outside of the class.”
“I can see the difference in myself, I do a lot of walking and since going to classes I am now able to walk that bit longer without any problems – which means I can go out more and enjoy with my friends.”
“Coming to the class will improve your well-being and help you to keep active. You will meet new people and it can be fun.”
Since the launch of the Stronger for Longer campaign back in October, over 100 new people have joined strength and balance classes around the county and are now stronger and steadier. Over 2,300 people have also downloaded our Supersix leaflet, which is helping people to do strength and balance exercises at home at least twice a week.
The nearest strength and balance classes in the district are run by Forever Active. For more information go to http://www.forever-active.org.uk/.
The Stronger for Longer campaign involves a range of partners, including Cambridgeshire County Council, Let’s Get Moving Cambridgeshire funded by Cambridgeshire County Council Health Committee, District Councils, local NHS, Living Sport and Forever Active.