Keeping fit is of course vital for good health in older age. But the great thing about exercising in a group is that you’re not alone while you’re doing it. Meeting up regularly with a whole bunch of like-minded people is a great way to stay healthy in older age – both physically and mentally. Group exercise classes are a wonderful place to meet people, make friends, and have a whole lot of fun moving your body to some funky tunes from the glory days.
The truth is that group exercise classes are as much about community and social occasions as they are about working out. Many group exercise participants organise get-togethers with their fellow class members outside of group exercise sessions, extending their opportunities to socialise and improve their overall sense of health, happiness and well-being.
“I love Medau and what it does for you – one always feels good afterwards,” said one Medau participant. “It uses all of the muscles all of the time. It helps people to stay mobile, and the social aspect is very important for people who live on their own. One lady in my class lost her sister and her mother within a month. The people in my class were very supportive, and coming to class each week has really helped her cope. Medau brings people together not only for exercise but for social contact. Meeting and making new friends can help alleviate loneliness, giving many a purpose to leave the house each week and get themselves fit and supple as well. Our group has many long-standing members and is aimed at the over 50s with some who are over 80.”
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