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Stay active in style – Julie guest blogs for designed2enable

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We’re really excited to announce that Julie was asked to write a guest blog for designed2enable who sell functional, yet beautiful, products that enable us all to stay active with style!

Keen to promote staying active and living independently, designed2enable asked Julie why it was so important that we all keep moving! Julie discusses the way in which the fitness industry can often overlook older adults and those with mobilities, saying “ We’re often told we have to exercise more and yet just the word can put people off! But what about the people who would like to exercise but can’t? The ones the fitness magazines with their six-packs and perfectly toned bodies often overlook? Those with disabilities and conditions which make getting out of bed, washed and dressed seem like running a marathon?”

Julie explains that key to persuading the ‘reluctant’ to exercise is making it safe, fun and effective. But first, how do we reach those who can’t access traditional forms of exercise? After all, going to the gym or a zumba class wouldn’t work for many older adults. Well, that’s where Move it or Lose it! comes in. Julie says, “Coming along to a class, especially when you’re fearful of what to expect or of doing more harm than good, is a giant leap of faith, so creating an atmosphere of inclusivity and warmth is vital. Then you can start to focus on doing exercises which will help with everyday life”.

Now, Julie’s looking for more instructors across the UK to spread the magic of Move it or Lose it! There’s a desperate need for more exercises classes catering for older adults with conditions like arthritis, dementia, osteoporosis and COPD. Julie says, “I get countless letters and emails from customers asking where their local classes are. So, with the Centre for Healthy Ageing Research, we’re now training more people and translating the latest research ensuring our Chair-based exercise instructors are part of a highly respected network. We’re looking for more people who are passionate about helping older adults to stay fit for life! Empathy, humour and patience are all a must! But, it’s the most rewarding job, seeing people who think they can’t do something actually achieve success so they can live life to the full.”

If you’re interested and want to find out more click here.

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