OAPs click onto exercising online
Vulnerable and elderly people are having their spirits lifted by the team from Everybody Sport and Recreation.
The health and wellbeing charity, which provides some of the borough’s leisure services, is making hundreds of calls per week to local people who would usually be attending its falls prevention programmes and Everybody Healthy rehabilitation classes.
Members of the Everybody Healthy triage team are calling their members each week to check in and make sure they are ok, provide home exercises to keep them active and mobile at home, referring to their exercise booklets they would have received in their exercise classes, as well as signposting members to local services in the community to help with dog walking, shopping and much more.
Joan Sheard, (87), of Holmes Chapel, said: “These calls make such a difference. Just hearing from someone not in the family lifts the spirits and gives a conversation starter with friends from the class.”
Launched this week for members was a live Everybody Get Moving class – low impact classes, designed to get people moving and enjoying exercise plus Everybody Mobility, a range of seated and standing exercises – low impact, for people with health conditions, mobility issues or who are new to exercise.
Everybody’s Donna Williamson said: “It is more important than ever that we keep in contact with our members during this time of isolation. Our members miss the classes and we miss seeing them every week so it is great to keep in contact. As we have members with mobility issues and long term medical conditions it is so important that they keep moving and that they do this by having fun which is exactly what our new live classes involve.” She added: “Our health team is supporting members in accessing our classes, Ann, (85), from Knutsford is joining our Everybody Member Zone Facebook page. She cannot believe that we are doing live classes and will be logged in.
“We have also talked through accessing our YouTube classes with Dianne, (73), from Alsager, who will be adding this to her exercise routine. Dianne is doing her booklet exercises and walking daily, after the chat with the team last week.”
Margaret Andrew, (79), of Knutsford, said: “Wonderful to hear from the To find out more about Everybody’s live classes, visit everybody.org.uk