Residents, relatives and staff from Belong, the specialist care provider in the North West, joined forces to take part in a three-hour cycle fundraiser, organised to raise awareness of the benefits of exercise for older people.
The fundraiser took place in the exercise studio of the care villages in Atherton, Crewe, Macclesfield and Warrington, all of which are equipped with specially adapted cardio and strength equipment to support the needs of older people. Sharing their experiences with one another via Skype, the four villages combined reported an impressive 180 miles between them.
As well as encouraging older people to engage in exercise, the event raised funds for the village, which will go towards the running and maintenance of the exercise studios and funding resident activities.
Belong is committed to supporting people to live well through exercise and, as such, all Belong village customers have access to an exercise studio equipped with specialist gym equipment, which is supervised by instructors qualified in fitness and exercise for older people. The exercise studio is also open to members of the public who wish to use the village facilities.
Belong Lead Exercise Instructor, Barbara Tait, commented: “Maintaining an active lifestyle is important at all stages of life, but many people underestimate how much exercise can benefit the wellbeing of older people.
“As a low-impact activity, cycling puts very little pressure on joints or muscles, and has been proven to lower blood pressure and improve sleep patterns and mood, amongst a number of other things. It was brilliant to see so many residents getting involved and I think I can say on behalf of all villages that a lot of fun was had by all.”