Residents get fit without going far Residents at Pickering and Ferens Homes’ Broadway Manor scheme have been keeping themselves fit, thanks to an eight week taster course in armchair aerobics.
The course, which was funded by Pickering and Ferens Homes and led by Age UK, was part of a pilot scheme tested by 21 residents and we’ve had a really positive response following the course.
Nell Bowers, 81, was one of the residents who took part in the course. She said: “The lady who ran the course was fantastic! I can’t do a lot out of an armchair myself but it was nice to do some exercise sitting down. We were putting our arms up and stretching and I’d love to continue the classes on a regular basis!
“The aerobics definitely made a difference and everyone said how much they enjoyed it and would like the classes to continue. It was great to see such a good turnout and something that everyone could get involved in.”
Joyce Walkley, 82, also took part in the pilot scheme and thoroughly enjoyed the classes. She said: “It was really great! We all enjoyed it. It was something different to keep you supple and I think we would all like to see them continue.
“We were pulling and stretching muscles that we didn’t even know we had! I’m 82 and there were people older than me really enjoying it and getting involved. It certainly made our warden smile as he’s always trying to get us out and involved in things so it was good that everyone was so keen.
“Even if we had to pay a little something towards classes in the future I think it’s something we’d all like to see come back!”
Pickering and Ferens Homes hopes to bring these aerobics classes to its other schemes in the future.
Watch this space…