Get fit, have fun and improve your lifestyle all from the comfort of your own home

Press Release: 30/08/2007

Residents of Makins Court and Louis from GetFit121

Winchester City Council and GetFit121 have joined together to promote healthy lifestyles to residents living in sheltered accommodation across the district.

Winchester City Council’s Sheltered Scheme residents are getting the benefit of regular fitness training and advice in their own homes thanks to a new partnership with GetFit121.

The fitness classes are designed for all abilities, but are specifically targeted at elderly residents who want to improve their mobility and do something about their sedentary lifestyle frequently associated with ageing. The classes combine a range of mobility, resistance and flexibility techniques including chair based exercises, but are above all fun for those that get involved. The Instructors are also able to give advice on healthy eating and diet which is particularly important to elderly people, many of whom live on a budget.

“The classes are fun.  Its and good way for us to get together for a chat and do our exercises under the watchful eye of Louis our instructor from GetFit121 said Mo Riley and Valerie Viljoen from Makins Court, Arlesford. Classes are subsidised by Winchester with each class costing £1.50 to the residents.

Louis from GetFit 121 said “Many elderly people forget about exercise when they get older and think that their aches and pains are just part of the process. We think of fitness and exercise as something for younger people but exercise is just as important for older people. It's all about improving your quality of life”.

The fitness classes are currently running at seven sheltered schemes across the Winchester district but it is hoped to expand this further over the next few months.