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Exercise Groups - Exercise4Health

“I praise you because you are awesome. I am wonderfully made” Psalm 139 v 14

Our bodies are amazing and complex creations and we need to look after them. God wants us to be whole, complete people and this means looking after our physical bodies just as much as our mental health or spiritual needs.

With this in mind we have exercise groups meeting in church led by our qualified instructor, Debby, a member of the congregation. These have grown in strength over the last 4 years, particularly amongst the over 50s. Both men and women are welcome.

Debby currently leads the following groups:

Tuesday 9:00am Pilates for Healthy Bones (40 mins)
Tuesday 9:50am Mobility Aerobic, Strength and Balance (55 mins)
Thursday 5:30pm Pilates for Healthy Bones (55 mins)

Everyone is encouraged to work at his or her own pace, promoting effort not pain.

The Pilates groups are particularly for the over 50s with the aim of strengthening key areas to help prevent thinning bones (osteoporosis) and fragility fractures. Statistics show that 1 in 2 women and 1 in 3 men over 60 are likely to get a fracture due to thinning bones. Suitable exercise may reduce this.

Comments from participants include:
I’m standing taller
It has motivated me to lose weight
I’ve got my waist back
My core is stronger
It helps my breathing
It’s really helped to relieve the tension in my neck and shoulders

The groups are friendly places and new friendships are formed. It is often possible to enjoy coffee after the exercise.