Please be seated for laughter and exercise

Published 18 March 2015

People with reduced mobility enjoyed an armchair exercise session at a WDH residential scheme in Normanton which also helped to flex their chuckle muscles.

Nine residents joined WDH Tenant Involvement Officer Claire Secker and Residential Scheme Manager Lynn Batten for gentle, chair-based exercise at Newfield House Independent Living Scheme, led by Julian Glover of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Julian, a health and wellbeing development worker for SWYFT, entertained his audience with humour and toe-tapping music, explaining how they could do the simple exercises while seated to strengthen their muscles and improve the flow of oxygen through their bodies.

He also stressed the importance of good posture and of drinking water while exercising.

The sessions are also due to run today and next Wednesday and Claire and Lynn hope to secure funding for further sessions.

Claire said: “Everyone can take part, even those who are less mobile. It is also good from a social aspect because anyone who lives in a WDH bungalow surrounding the independent living scheme can also join in if they want and spend some time with other people.”


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