Use it so you don’t lose it

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - By NICKI DAVID­SON

If you are an older per­son and would like to im­prove your health and fit­ness lev­els Sport Waikato’s weekly Up­right and Ac­tive pro­gramme is a great place to start.

The pro­gramme aims to de­crease the in­ci­dence of falls in older adults by im­prov­ing strength and bal­ance through sim­ple ex­er­cises.

Group fa­cil­i­ta­tor Pa­tri­cia James said new mem­bers were al­ways wel­come.

‘‘The pur­pose of the group is to get peo­ple within the com­mu­nity who wouldn’t nor­mally be very ac­tive up and mov­ing,’’ she said. ‘‘We’d like to in­vite those who are on their own, don’t go to a gym and whose ac­tiv­ity lev­els are drop­ping off to come along to an en­cour­ag­ing and safe en­vi­ron­ment for some gen­tle ex­er­cise.’’

Ev­ery Wed­nes­day the group meets in the Tainui room at the Mata­mata Me­mo­rial Cen­tre be­tween 11 and 12, for a warm up, march­ing, stretch­ing, games and ac­tiv­i­ties and a warm down to mu­sic.

Each class costs $4 to cover the cost of room hire. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion con­tact Pa­tri­cia af­ter hours on 888 9060 or Ruth Stan­ley on 880 9088.

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