Are you seated?

PUBLISHED: 16:53 01 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:25 26 October 2009

RESIDENTS in Welwyn Hatfield are being encouraged to get active – by taking a seat. New chair-based exercise classes have been introduced to help those who are less mobile get the benefits of moderate exercise. Relax with a series of muscle and bone stre

RESIDENTS in Welwyn Hatfield are being encouraged to get active - by taking a seat.

New chair-based exercise classes have been introduced to help those who are less mobile get the benefits of moderate exercise.

Relax with a series of muscle and bone strengthening activities and stretches with the opportunity to increase your heart rate and comfortably exercise limbs.

This can be effective for those with foot, ankle, knee or hip problems and many age-related health conditions.

Amy Stevens, a community exercise co-ordinator, said: "These classes are a wonderful way to increase strength and flexibility and can really help people to manage their weight and lower their blood pressure.

"Falls are one of the greatest threats to an older person's independence and classes like this help both to reduce people's fears and give them the strength and coordination to avoid unnecessary injury.

"The social aspects of the classes can also have a positive effect on depression and social isolation, as afterwards participants are welcome to stay for a cuppa and a chat."

Each class costs £2 and take place every week for one hour at:

* Barndicott Hall, Moors Walk, WGC, Mondays at 2.30pm

* Glebe Court, Brain Close, Hatfield, Wednesdays at 2pm

* Christchurch Baptist Hall, Parkway, WGC, Thursdays at 11.30pm

* Cole Green House, Hyde Valley, WGC, also Thursday at 2pm

For further information call the Herts Primary Care Trust on 01707 369097.


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