As communities across the State celebrate freedom day, now is the perfect time to rebuild strength following weeks of COVID induced hibernation.
This week MidCoast Council announced the re-launch of an affordable exercise program for people aged 50-100+ across the region.
Supported by MidCoast Assist, Living Longer Living Stronger is an innovative strength and balance program for older people.
Developed by COTA (Council on the Ageing) Australia, the program involves progressive resistance training to improve strength, balance and mobility, as well as having benefits for overall energy and vitality.
Living Longer Living Stronger instructors have all undertaken specialised training with COTA NSW which covers the needs of older people and how to work with the types of injuries and conditions that affect older people.
"The beauty of the Living Longer Living Stronger program is that it is individually designed for each participant, and the instructors will take your specific needs and goals into consideration when preparing your program," COTA NSW CEO, Meagan Lawson said.
"Moving and getting stronger has a flow-on effect on your general quality of life," she said.
Moving and getting stronger has a flow-on effect on your general quality of life.COTA NSW CEO, Meagan Lawson
"You'll be better able to carry shopping and play with your grandchildren, as well as reducing the risk of falls and other injuries.
"And the classes are also a great way to meet new people."
Frank, who has been attending Living Longer Living Stronger classes at the Forster YMCA, said: Arthritis was playing havoc with me. I'm now moving better, and my flexibility and mobility to do everyday tasks is much improved, as well as my strength, balance, spatial awareness and social interaction. My health is wonderful and my quality of life is amazing since joining this class. I should have done it years ago."
Noreen, who attends the class at the Golden Oldies Health Club, Harrington, run by Toni Gore said: "I found it very beneficial that we each get individually designed exercises to meet our needs.
"I definitely increased the strength in my arms and my overall balance. I guess we will have to resume at a slightly slower pace after all the weeks in lockdown, but I know that with Toni's knowledge and expert training we will soon be back on track."
Living Longer Living Stronger is reasonably priced, with an initial assessment to develop a personalised program costing between $25 and $50. From there classes are $10 per session.
The program runs in five Mid Coast locations - contact the provider directly for more information and to book your assessment.
- Forster: Great Lakes Leisure Centre (YMCA), 6591 7199 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Gloucester: Michelle Gunn, 0438 636 377 or email@example.com
- Harrington: Toni Gore, 0423 059 839 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Taree: Manning Leisure Centre (YMCA), 6550 0500 or email@example.com
- Tea Gardens: Lynn Guilhaus, 0400 404 044 or firstname.lastname@example.org
* MidCoast Assist is an ageing support service of MidCoast Council. Visit www.midcoastassist.com.au for more information about services provided.