NORTH WALTHAM WI
On the 11th July 2019, our Garden Meeting was held in Colleen’s beautiful garden – and the sun shone down on us. Following a short business meeting, Nicky Carter spoke to us about Move It or Lose it - these classes are designed to encourage older adults to become more active. The programme known as FABS includes flexibility, aerobic, balance and strength. Move it or Lose has been developed in partnership with the Centre for Healthy Ageing Research at the University of Birmingham and combines the essential components for health and wellbeing National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines. Everyone can participate as the exercises can be carried out standing, with chair support or seated.
Recommendations for moderate levels of exercise in older adults is 150 minutes per week or 5 x 30 minutes periods per week. To achieve a moderate level of exercise you need to be breathing harder, heart beating faster and body temperature to be warmer. This should mean you are still able to chat but probably couldn't sing! Some examples which would likely achieve this level of exercise are walking briskly, tennis, swimming, low impact aerobics and dancing. Unfortunately, daily household tasks are not likely to achieve these changes in our body function as they do not raise the heart rate.
Aerobic exercises force the heart and lungs to work harder which leads to enhanced functional ability and means we tire less quickly. Exercises are set to a wide range of music using, scarfs, ribbons and batons to create a fun atmosphere. Using strength, balance and flexibility also help our bone density and our muscle mass. Bone density is particularly an issue after menopause and muscle mass is commonly lost at 2 to 4% per annum once over the age of 55. Strength - it doesn't matter if you have never exercised, it won’t take long to see a difference. Balance - is achieved in many of our exercises to encourage stability and good posture. Flexibility - focuses on stretching the tissues around muscles increasing our range of movement. Games and activities help to exercise and challenge cognitive health making sure we keep our mind active too!
We then joined in as Nicky took us through some exercises that can be done sitting down and she demonstrated a couple of short routines using ribbons and batons. After this, we all had some well-deserved strawberries and cream washed down with Prosecco whilst viewing a magnificent sunset!
August 2019 – Summer break - No meeting.
12th September 2019 – Orphaned Elephants in Zambia – our local traveller, Jan Petersen, will talk about the rescue, rehabilitation and release of orphaned elephants.
10th October 2019 – Air Traffic Control – talk about the work of Air Traffic Control in the UK and the changing world of aviation.
Why not come along as a guest, a potential new member, or as someone who is interested in listening to a particular speaker? We are a cheerful group of ladies and we do have fun! If anyone would like to come along or would like more details please contact Carolyn Brown.