Nearly all participants in Hertsmere Borough Council’s We Move She Moves programme reported having improved levels of life satisfaction after taking part, a wide-ranging report has found.
More than 90 per cent of women involved with the physical activity sessions in the borough said their lives were better after undertaking the programme compared to before they started.
The research, conducted by the University of Hertfordshire, assessed the impact of the course through questionnaires and focus groups and discovered that participants reported a range of physical benefits, including increased fitness, energy, strength, flexibility and pain reduction, as well as assisting recovery from illness and surgery.
Other benefits highlighted included improved stress management, increased confidence and the ability to cope with mental health issues.
For nearly 50 per cent of respondents, the programme had also brought them closer to their community by building social support networks, which enabled them to lead more independent lives.
A significant number of those questioned, 70 per cent, also said they had become ‘somewhat active’ as a result of taking part in the programme, which meant they were completing between 30 and 149 minutes of moderate physical activity each week.
Councillor Caroline Clapper, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Health, said: “These results are very satisfying and demonstrate that the We Move She Moves programme is making a real difference to the lives of women across Hertsmere.
“Taking part in the programme does not just bring health benefits, but is also an opportunity for people to make friends in a relaxed social environment, so I would urge anyone who is unsure whether they would enjoy it to give it a go. Most of the people who responded to the survey were in a similar position prior to starting the We Move She Moves programme and their lives have been transformed.”
The programme offers a range of activities, including yoga, pilates, dance aerobics, aqua zumba, kickboxing and Learn to Run for women in Hertsmere.
For more information on the programme, visit www.wemoveshemoves.me.uk.
Posted on Thursday 17th January 2019