Redditch Council encourages strength training as key to healthy ageing - The Redditch Standard

Redditch Council encourages strength training as key to healthy ageing

Redditch Editorial 18th Jun, 2024   0

AS PART of a health campaign, Redditch Borough Council Sports Development Team are encouraging residents to incorporate simple strength exercises into their daily routines, using everyday items at home or in a gym or community classes.

Strength training is widely acknowledged for its positive impact on improving overall health and wellbeing, particularly as individuals age.

The NHS recommend people of all ages do two strength and balance activities a week, in line with their fitness and capabilities.

Research suggests that engaging in regular strength training exercises can significantly improve muscle strength, balance, and flexibility, reducing the risk of falls and enhancing overall quality of life among older adults.

Portfolio holder for leisure services, Coun Juliet Barker Smith, said: “Strength training plays a vital role in preserving health and independence, particularly as we grow older.

“Our goal is to encourage people of all ages to focus on their wellbeing and remain active by offering simple and accessible exercises.”

Leader of the Council, Coun Joe Baker, said: “The health and wellbeing of our residents is very important, so it has been wonderful to see the wide variety of opportunities available to people of all ages and abilities throughout the Move In May campaign.

“Movement of any kind, whether strength training or a walk in one of our beautiful parks, is essential to healthy ageing and we hope residents have found this showcase of activities helpful and encouraged to take part.”

The council runs several classes which incorporate strength training and work closely with partners such as Rubicon Leisure and Worcestershire County Council’s Public Health Team to deliver sessions suitable for all.

Some strength classes include, Tai Chi, Active Seniors, Escape Pain, Joint Effort, Senior Circuits, Live Well Be Well and other specialised courses for individuals.

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