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Coming together for Otago in Potters Bar

Last Modified August 15, 2019

An exercise class in Potters Bar run, which we help to run, is making a difference to the health and wellbeing of older people.

Members of the local Sixty Plus Club have been attending fortnightly sessions of strength and balance exercise programme Otago since the beginning of the year. The class is organised through Herts Sports Partnership's Active Together scheme, run in partnership with us, and helps address mobility problems, prevent falls, and increase strength and flexibility, through a series of knee, hip, toe and walking exercises. It also helps to improve confidence and self-esteem. Watch out video below to find out more.

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Lindsey Greig, administrator of the Sixty Plus Club, said: “The beauty of the sessions here is that they are chair-based so it’s very inclusive.

“Regardless of anyone’s physical ability, anyone that wants to join in with the exercise class is able to.

“People’s physical ability, their muscle, strength, tone and flexibility are being improved by the exercise class, while their wellbeing and feelings of self-esteem are being promoted.

“It’s been a very positive experience for our customers here at Sixty-Plus, and some of them have been to every single session.”

Eighty-seven year old Betty Rumsey said: “I’ve come right from the very first one. It makes you more supple and it’s meeting people as well. I come on a Friday for lunch and I stay today for lunch after the exercise.

“You keep your joints going because now you can watch television, you can still move some of the joints she’s shown you. I find now I can move certain parts. My knees were playing me up, but now they’re not too bad.”

Councillor Caroline Clapper, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Health and Culture at the council, said: “Active Together is an exercise programme aimed at older adults, who would otherwise struggle to stay mobile and healthy.

“In partnership with Clarion Housing and Herts Sports Partnership, we launched the programme at the beginning of the year in residential homes and community centres in Radlett, Borehamwood and Potters Bar.

“The enthusiasm shown by all those who have taken part and help run the classes has been fantastic and we’re delighted with the positive response.”

“Hopefully this programme can continue to help older members of our community stay active, healthy and happy for as long as possible.”

Posted on Friday 16th August 2019

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