Steady on, old chap!

March 03 2018

STAYING Steady is the title of fitness classes being run in leisure centres in Bristol this spring.

STAYING Steady is the title of fitness classes being run in leisure centres in Bristol this spring.

The classes are aimed at helping older people improve their independence, stay mobile and healthy whilst also offering a fun way to stay active and socialise.

There are estimated to be around 58,800 people living within the city council boundary who are aged 65 or over and 55,000 (95 per cent) are believed to be living independently.  Of this 16,000 (around 30 per cent) fall at least once a year, rising to 50 per cent of those aged 80 or over. 

To help reduce the risk and rate of falls, the council is encouraging older people to sign up to Staying Steady classes, which teach exercises that can help to improve mobility and increase confidence.

The trained staff can adapt the exercises to suit the needs of the people in the class. All abilities can be catered for including exercises which can be done standing or seated.  Equipment like resistance bands, balls and hoops are provided as part of the class. 

East Bristol classes are taking place at Brunel Fitness Centre and Easton Leisure Centre. 

Full details can be found online.