Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), in conjunction with Rural Fit, is inviting Shire community residents to participate in a free 6-week Strength and Balance class run by an Accredited Exercise Physiologist on Wednesday mornings from 9.30am at Plains Fitness. The classes will commence on Wednesday 6 November.
"These classes will be open to all community members and the exercises and activities performed during the class will be individually tailored to each participant’s needs and ability. They are designed to help improve posture, flexibility, agility and balance as well as develop muscle tone and core strength, using a variety of equipment and techniques. Each week you will be guided through exercises to work on your strength and stamina, as well as challenge your balance. At the end of the session you will do some stretches and relaxation,” said Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
Sarah Onus an accredited Exercise Physiologist from Rural Fit said the class is for anyone and everyone regardless of fitness level or health concern. She said there will be plenty of time to ask questions and advice from the Exercise Physiologist and that attendees will be given an exercise sheet so they can continue their exercises at home.
“Research shows that exercises to work on stamina, strength and balance reduce people’s risk of falling and improve confidence. Increased weekly physical activity levels has been proven to reduce the incidence of chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.
“Exercising in a group is a great way to keep you motivated; discussing your experiences with other people can also help you to feel more confident and improve mental wellbeing especially during this time of drought,” Sarah said.
Councillor Hope said considering the benefits these classes offer and that they are free he is hoping that many people will take advantage of them and attend. He said Plains Fitness, in Station Street Quirindi, is a community owned asset and all involved look forward to seeing you there.
“Council also takes its duty of care for our employees’ safety, both physical and psychological, extremely seriously. We are doing all we can to ensure we all work safely and look out for one another. We have also put programs in place to assist employees who are facing problems, either in the workplace or personally. Recently, Andrew Mahony from Rural Fit conducted workshops for all our staff sharing real life stories and talking about the important role exercise can play in both our physical and mental wellbeing. LPSC will continue to provide support enabling staff access to the tools they need to help them stay safe and well for their families and loved ones,” he said.