‘Use it or lose it’ at marae ex­er­cise group

Marlborough Express - The Saturday Express, Marlborough - - WHAT’S ON - SELINA POW­ELL

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.

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