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A Diamond Celebration – Championing Exercise As We Age

Celebrating a diamond birthday and championing exercise as we age

It hasn’t quite sunk in…. I am turning 60 this weekend.

My diamond birthday, apparently.

A way to keep sparkling

Running a business, delivering MOVEability classes, as well as supporting people with additional needs (including my own son) certainly keeps me feeling young and active both in body and mind.

I’m not going to deny it; I feel more aches and pains than I used to, but without a doubt, exercising regularly keeps me sparkling. It helps me stay full of positive energy – and fully mobile as it can for you.

I feel blessed to be running MOVEability and being able to exercise several times a week whilst helping others improve their fitness and, with it, their quality of life.

Exercise is for all ages and abilities

In an industry where the majority of instructors are much younger than me, it’s easy to think that exercise is primarily for the younger generations.

However, it couldn’t be further from the truth.

Muscle strength, mobility, healthy heart and lungs

As you age, exercise becomes more important. The NHS proactively recommends physical activity, and to that end, we are working with a growing number of social prescribers to reach more people who can benefit from our classes. Exercise helps us maintain muscle strength, which helps to protect our joints and improve balance. It keeps us mobile, giving us more freedom to enjoy an active later life. It helps keep our lungs and hearts healthy.

Furthermore, as we age, the chances of developing a long-term health condition increases, although in some cases, people are born with them or develop one at a young age. Exercise can help you manage these conditions.

A proven mood boost

Keeping mobile is incredibly important, even if it’s the last thing you feel like doing, not only for your physical but for your mental health too. Being physically healthy also plays a huge part in our mental health. Exercise releases those all-important ‘feel good’ chemicals in our brain and is well proven to help boost mood. Again, the NHS recommends it.

Ordinary, not superhuman

Clients tell me they like coming to my classes because they can see themselves in me. I am one of them—an ordinary woman, not superhuman. Just doing and helping others to do something achievable to stay healthy.

If I can do it, so can they.

Why not come and see for yourself? Book onto one of our live online or on-site seated chair classes in Berkshire, including our specialist Parkinson’s programme.