Fresh start for fit­ness-fa­natic Cliff af­ter life-chang­ing stroke

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

A MAN struck down with a ill­ness is fight­ing fit again thanks to an ex­pert ex­er­cise rou­tine.

Cliff Thomas, of Bro­ken Cross, be­gan experiencing prob­lems with bal­ance and mo­bil­ity af­ter a stroke.

His neu­ro­phys­io­ther­a­pist rec­om­mended he visit fit­ness in­struc­tor Bar­bara Tait at Be­long Macclesfield, the com­mu­nity care vil­lage on Kennedy Av­enue.

Now 14-months on Cliff and his wife Diane have seen a dra­matic change in his mo­bil­ity.

Cliff said: “We can have a joke while we’re do­ing the ex­er­cises and I en­joy it. It’s some­thing to look for­ward to ev­ery week. I’d rec­om­mend it to any­one.

“I don’t know what I would have done with­out Be­long Macclesfield to be hon­est.”

Cliff’s wife, Diane, agreed and said: “By com­ing ev­ery week Cliff has grad­u­ally re­built some of the strength in his left leg, which was af­fected by the stroke.

“The stim­u­la­tion from the ex­er­cise ma­chines has re­ally wo­ken his leg up, al­low­ing him to bend and move it where he couldn’t be­fore.

“This has made a dif­fer­ence to our qual­ity of life.”

Bar­bara Tait, who has won in­ter­na­tional ac­claim for her ‘In­de­pen­dence through ex­er­cise’ work to sup­port older peo­ple in Macclesfield, is a big ad­vo­cate of of­fer­ing older res­i­dents regular ex­er­cise.

She said: “The benefits of regular ex­er­cise, tai­lored to the needs of older peo­ple, are in­cred­i­ble.

“Part of the ser­vice that we of­fer at Be­long is to ed­u­cate rel­a­tives about the value of regular ex­er­cise, be­cause as we can see in the case of Cliff and his wife, if the peo­ple clos­est to us un­der­stand the benefits of ex­er­cise, then they can sup­port us and help us to stay mo­ti­vated.”

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