Samuel Johnson Hospital to provide exercise classes for the over 60s

Samuel Johnson Hospital to provide exercise classes for the over 60s
21 April 2017

Lichfield’s Samuel Johnson Hospital is reaching out to the over 60s community to improve their strength, balance and aerobic fitness with a dedicated exercise class, starting on Wednesday 26th April. 

The unique workout programme called FABS (Flexibility, Aerobics, Balance, Strength) has been designed in partnership with the Centre for Healthy Ageing Research at the University of Birmingham and incorporates exercises specifically aimed at increasing bone density, improving posture and strengthening muscle to help maintain independence and to live a long and healthy life. 

Community services are a large part of NHS activity with the aim of moving from reactive care to a more proactive and preventative approach to healthcare.  In less than a decade, half of the British population will be age over 50 and the proactive approach is to provide exercise facilities for this growing demographic. 

Ben Goodwin from the Transformation Team and Community Hospitals said “This exercise class is a great example of how we can offer senior residents in Lichfield the chance to use the Samuel Johnson hospital as a preventative centre to support those individuals who want to improve their health.  As the NHS faces higher demands on its services, it’s vital that we look at ways of improving quality of life and well-being and we fully support this independent enterprise as part of the trusts health & wellbeing programme.  Exercise classes like this not only improve health but can combat social isolation.  This is a great way to have fun, meet new friends and get fit at the same time”. 

Exercise instructor, Cat Stuart who will be leading the exercise class commented, “These classes are ideally suited to the more mature exerciser because they are gentle, require no work on the floor and are related to activities of daily living, such as getting out of chairs, climbing stairs and keeping balanced.  The exercises can be easily adapted to suit all levels of ability by being done while seated, standing with chair support or free standing”. 

The classes cost £4 a session and will take place in the Seminar room on the 1st floor. There are lifts available for those with accessibility needs. Anyone who is interested in the classes and would like to find out more can contact Cat Stuart on 07973 819629 or pick up a leaflet from the Samuel Johnson Hospital reception desk. 

 

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