The group enjoying chair aerobics

The group enjoying chair aerobics

Our HAPi project aims to help our customers learn about keeping healthy along with different ways to get fit and stay fit by trying out a new activity every week for eight weeks.

The residents from Beaver Court, an older person’s scheme in Kent, have recently got involved in the project supported by the Julie Rose Stadium in Ashford.

Over the last few weeks, they have learned about various aspects of health through talks and demonstrations followed by taking part in a range of activities such as indoor mat bowls, Zumba, gentle circuits, line dancing and chair aerobics.

Last week our Social Inclusion Officer Ann-Maree Purnell joined in with the session covering basic first aid. The group found the presentation very useful especially the section on how to spot someone having a stroke.

After the break they took a tour of the gym which was useful as once they have successfully completed the project all the participants will get a free seven session gym pass. Everyone was very impressed by the facilities, especially as there was an adapted machine for people with poor mobility.

It was then time for everyone to take part in a chair aerobics session led by one of the fitness instructors. Everyone grabbed a pompom and shook it above their heads in time with the music. Half way through they swapped pompoms for a bottle of water and had a well-deserved break.

Afterwards the customers all agreed that no matter how old you are it was still important to keep active. They also felt that the activities that the Julie Rose stadium had provided were pitched just right for them, especially as the average age in the group was around 79!