Local residents work up a sweat at Skypercise!

Local residents work up a sweat at Skypercise!
15th November 2017 Amanda Bhavnani
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Braintree residents are being given the opportunity to join an exercise class from the comfort of their own chairs, thanks to the wonder of Skype.

Greenfields’ volunteers run chair-based exercise classes across the district. Now, attendees of a new class at the Tabor Centre in Braintree are being given the opportunity to digitally join another class elsewhere in Braintree through Skype.

People who attend the care programmes at the Tabor Centre each have mobility issues, and enjoyed a trial class led by Greenfields volunteer, Diane Wyatt, in early November. Due to its success, there will now be at least four more in November and December, which will be broadcast via Skype from a Greenfields’ older persons’ scheme in Braintree. The first will be held on Thursday 16 November.

One participant of Greenfields’ classes, said: “My GP said he’s never seen me in such good form, and I told him it was because of the classes.”

James Taylor, Greenfields’ Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinator, said: “The programme is potentially life-changing. Not only does it provide much-needed exercise that promotes mobility and strength, but there are several tangible outcomes for the participants; ranging from them requiring less medical treatment for ailments and conditions, to reducing feelings of isolation and loneliness. The programme is also beneficial for those who lead the classes; both physically and mentally.”

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