Exercise classes at village for the body and mind

Exercise through the colder months at Bupa Ballarat Retirement Village in Rangiora has meant a routine of nine classes each week for residents to keep active.

Resident Marj Kennedy (pictured) has been attending the SAYGo (steady as you go) classes for four years now and says she’s seen her balance improve overtime thanks to the sessions.

“Exercise is good for our bodies and it keeps me young in spirit too. I like that it’s a class we do altogether,” Marj says

The low-impact session SAYGo, created by Age Concern, aims to improve balance, flexibility and strength in older people through arm and leg exercises, while seated or standing.

Village Manager Andrea Allott says she encourages her residents to keep active.

“Once they get into the routine our residents look forward to exercise and it keeps their minds active and the laughter coming too,” Andrea says.

You can find more information about the SAYGo sessions here