Armchair exercise classes will help to keep the over 55s active

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Armchair exercise classes for elderly residents are starting on Wednesday at the Baptist Church.

Leighton Linslade Town Council launched a six week trial programme of armchair exercises for residents in April, but could not continue the classes as there were not enough attendees.

A spokesperson for the council said: “Although, those who attended, enjoyed the sessions, the number of attendees was not enough to enable the Town council to continue running the classes.

“Other classes have started under the same instructor and are taking place in various locations around the town.”

Jaqui Shaw teaches various classes for over 50’s and seniors in Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, sheltered homes and care homes.

Following the end of the trial by the council she decided to run classes from the small hall at the Church.

She said: “The room is perfect for the classes, it is just off the main hall and on the ground floor, so those using wheelchairs, walkers or scooters can access it easily.

“I want to make people aware of the importance of exercise as you get older, without it people may find it difficult to do everyday tasks.

“The classes are fun and everyone enjoys them, we do exercises to sing-along old songs and I have received feedback about the physical, mental and social benefits.”

The weekly classes are from 3pm, each class is £3 for a 45 minute session.