‘Use it or lose it’ at marae exercise group
They may be sitting down but participants in Waikawa Marae’s Sit and Be Fit programme are no couch potatoes.
Tutor Margy Crosby, of Maori health provider Te Piki Oranga, says about 10 people come along to perform exercises to music each Wednesday.
Sit and Be Fit helps people to stay active even if they had difficulties with their mobility.
‘‘Our big adage is use it or lose it,’’ Margy says.
The free exercise programme is tailored to different abilities, with people free to join in as much as they are able to.
A morning tea is held after Sit and Be Fit each week, giving those in the course a chance to catch up.
Some of the people who come along each week lived alone and it is a good chance to connect with other people, Margy says.
Bev Maata-Hart, 76, has attended Sit and Be Fit most weeks since it started at the marae in June.
Bev, who has had both hips replaced, says the course was a good opportunity to exercise.
‘‘It’s not too strenuous for people like me.’’
Theresa Pere, 68, says the camaraderie and the friendship is the best part of coming to Sit and be Fit.
‘‘I love getting together with everyone. I love the music and doing something that’s helping me.’’
– Interested? Sit and Be Fit at Waikawa Marae, 210 Waikawa Rd, Waikawa, Wednesdays at 10.30am. New members are welcome.