Fitness and Friendship Clubs run across the county providing an opportunity for the older adult to spend around 50 minutes doing gentle exercise, seated or standing, that is designed to help maintain independence and promote balance.
They are social clubs with an emphasis on keeping active and staying healthy.
After enjoying a cup of tea and delicious biscuits, the exercise is followed by an indoor game, such as skittles, quoits or indoor curling (no ice required!). The afternoon concludes with a session of gentle tai chi and a guided relaxation.
People who come to the clubs say that they enjoy the club because the exercises help with mobility, in particular where arthritis can result in a stiffening of the joints.
- the exercises help release tightened muscles so that shoes and socks can be put on more easily
- the clubs provide an opportunity to spend time with others who may be facing similar life challenges
- last but absolutely not least, there is a lot of laughter.