Hus­band and wife team up to pedal miles for chal­lenge

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

A HUS­BAND and wife took part in a spon­sored cy­clathon to raise aware­ness of the ben­e­fits of reg­u­lar ex­er­cise for older peo­ple.

Alan and Dorothy Co­ley, who are both 82, visit the ex­er­cise stu­dio at their home at Be­long Mac­cles­field twice a week.

The reg­u­lar trip has helped Alan to cope with his arthri­tis and Dorothy, who lives with de­men­tia, to re­main mo­bile, go­ing on walks from the care home on Kennedy Av­enue.

The Co­leys were two of a num­ber of res­i­dents at Be­long Mac­cles­field and its sis­ter care home in War­ring­ton who took on a 140-mile joint cy­clathon, cov­er­ing the dis­tance on ex­er­cise bikes.

Staff also got in on the ac­tion by en­joy­ing a spin on the bikes, in­clud­ing fit­ness in­struc­tor Bar­bara Tait and her coun­ter­part at War­ring­ton, Aaron Wil­liams.

Bar­bara runs the Be­long care vil­lage ex­er­cise stu­dio which is fit­ted with spe­cial­ist gym equip­ment.

She said her role at the care home is to sup­port peo­ple to live well through ex­er­cise, giv­ing res­i­dents a greater de­gree of con­trol over their lives.

Bar­bara added: “We all en­joyed our trip over to Be­long War­ring­ton, and it was great to see its res­i­dents mak­ing good use of the vil­lage fa­cil­i­ties.

“Af­ter all, stay­ing fit and ac­tive is a key part of main­tain­ing a happy, healthy lifestyle, es­pe­cially as we get older.”

Proven ben­e­fits of reg­u­lar ex­er­cise in­clude de­creas­ing stiff­ness and pain, lower blood pres­sure, im­proved mem­ory, sleep pat­terns and mood.

Reg­u­lar ex­er­cise has also been proven to de­lay the on­set of de­men­tia.

Alan Co­ley said: “Liv­ing at Be­long has en­abled me and my wife to con­tinue lead­ing the kind of in­de­pen­dent, ac­tive lifestyle we both en­joy, whilst re­ceiv­ing all the care and sup­port we need.

“The cy­cle event was re­ally fun, and another great op­por­tu­nity for me and Dorothy to take part in some­thing ac­tive to­gether.”

Be­long, which spe­cialises in sup­port­ing peo­ple with de­men­tia, is a char­ity and part of the CLS Group.

‘The cy­cle event was re­ally fun’

●● Be­long Mac­cles­field res­i­dents Alan and Dorothy Co­ley en­joy a spin on the bikes, in the com­pany of Be­long Mac­cles­field fit­ness in­struc­tor Bar­bara Tait and Be­long War­ring­ton fit­ness in­struc­tor, Aaron Wil­liams

●● Some of the brave fire­walk­ers at the Bull’s Head in Bro­ken Cross

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