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Stay in and work out - council launches free home exercise classes

Stroud District Council is supporting the Sport England #StayInWorkOut campaign by launching a series of free online fitness classes next week.

SDC's Healthy Lifestyles scheme incorporates a variety of exercise classes, including Better Balance classes which aim to help prevent falls, and Cancer Rehab classes for people who are living with, or recovering from cancer.

When the classes were suspended as a response to the coronavirus pandemic, all participants were given a 30-day exercise programme so they could continue exercising at home.

Healthy Lifestyle classes will restart from Monday (18th May) as live online classes.

Hannah Drew, Stroud District Council's health & wellbeing officer, said: "We normally see over 200 people a week at our classes across the district. The programmes we sent members were well received, but we are excited to go one step further and deliver classes online. These have the benefit of being able to see the exercises demonstrated by an instructor, and feeling part of a community."

The classes will be delivered by qualified instructors from The Pulse in Dursley and Stratford Park Leisure Centre. The #StayInWorkOut Healthy Lifestyles classes include:

• Better Balance

• Cardiac Rehab

• Respiratory Rehab

• Living With or Beyond Cancer

• Mummy & Me

• Junior Fitness Classes

• Tai Chi Rehab

Hannah said: "We have written to all our clients to inform them about the new online classes. But we would also welcome anyone in the Stroud district who feels these classes might benefit them.

"All the classes are free-of-charge, but we are encouraging participants to make a donation to NHS Charities Together."

A medical referral isn't needed to join an online class. New participants are asked to complete an online form and will then be contacted by an instructor who will confirm the suitability of the class.

Cllr Mattie Ross, chair of Stroud District Council's Community Services & Licensing Committee, said: "It's marvellous that these classes are now available online. We know that staying at home can be very lonely, especially if people are self-isolating. Having the option of taking part in an online class will be a real benefit."

If you think a Healthy Lifestyles class will benefit you, please fill out the form here: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/XALWU6/ 

To make a charitable donation when you have taken part in a class you can do so here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/pulse-dursley 

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