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Virtual fitness classes for Downham Market care home residents

Downham Grange care home invited local pensioners to shape up after the coronavirus lockdown with a virtual seated exercise and mobility class.

Fitness instructor Joe Hardy led the session with staff and residents of the Kingsley Healthcare home, as well as local residents joining in virtually.

Ms Hardy, who has previously worked as a dancer and fitness instructor on five-star cruise ships, said: “Laughing is the best medicine and it’s great to make fitness fun for everyone.

Downham Grange care home fitness classes on Zoom. Picture: SUBMITTED
Downham Grange care home fitness classes on Zoom. Picture: SUBMITTED

“Sitting in the comfort of their chair throughout the session, people don’t even realise they are actually working out and improving health and mobility.”

Mariya Pepkova, deputy manager of the Clackclose Road home said: “The exercise class was such a good idea. I hope people in the community enjoyed it just as much as our staff and residents.

“It’s been a difficult three months for many elderly people, unable to enjoy even the simple pleasure of a country walk, and we thought the class would be a fun way to start getting back in shape.”

Kingsley’s head of public relations, Stephen Pullinger, said: “A number of our care homes are hosting Zoom exercise classes with Joe. We promote them in advance so the local community can join in.

“Zoom, Skype and FaceTime have become important lifelines for our residents during the coronavirus lockdown.”

Concerts have also been livestreamed for residents.

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