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Free exercise class helps older residents stay stronger

THE cold Tassie Winter mornings are no match for the music, movement, and laughter at the Staying Stronger exercise class.

Funded by Clarence City Council and facilitated by Paul Hamilton from All About Fitness, the free weekly exercise program encourages older adults from across Clarence to get active and stay strong.

The classes are ideal for those looking for a low impact exercise class in a friendly environment, focusing on gentle exercises that are simple and effective for older adults.

Clarence City Council Mayor Alderman Doug Chipman said the classes were a fun, social approach to staying active.

“We are happy to support this program which helps promote a healthy lifestyle,” he said.

“This is especially important during COVID when it’s even more important to stay active and healthy.

“Not only does this program help our city’s older residents stay healthy, but it is also a great way to socialise.”

A regular participant of the Rokeby class said, “I’m so glad I come to this class – it gets me moving and sets me up for a good day.”

Mr Hamilton, who is a highly qualified and passionate fitness leader with years of experience, said the best part of running this class was seeing results.

“I am so grateful to see people come along, rain or shine, and achieve personal results while also having a bit of fun,” he said.

“Seeing people improve at a personal level while working on coordination, flexibility, cardio and strength is fantastic.

“The class focuses on both physical and mental fitness – keeping your mind focused and active is very important as we get older.”

Classes are held every Friday from 9am to 10am at the Rokeby Neighbourhood Centre and bookings are essential.

To book your place, phone 6247 6778.