What is it?
Sit to Get Fit is a gentle exercise class conducted from a seated position. I have been running groups since May 2013 at doctors’ surgeries, sheltered accommodations and respite homes in and around the Bognor Regis area. Nearly 100 people currently take part in the exercise each week. I am trained in Seated Physical Exercise which is endorsed by the College of Occupational Therapists and accredited by OCNser.
How does it work?
Sessions are arranged by the managers of the venue on behalf of their residents or patients. All that is required is a room and enough chairs to accommodate the participants. The average class size is usually around 12 people. The exercise routine is 45 minutes long. All muscles are exercised – people are amazed at the amount of exercise that can be achieved while sitting. For some exercises we use small or large balls and resistance bands.
Who is it for?
Many people can benefit from Sit to Get Fit classes. It suits people of all ages and abilities. Those who want gentle exercise or perhaps those who haven’t exercised for a while. These exercise are a good way to start exercise or to ease your way back to exercise. The exercises can be easily adapted to different needs and abilities. Some people currently participating in the class include those recovering from strokes, those with Parkinson’s, Dementia and those with a physical disability or impairment. The age of participants currently ranges from 46 to 99, but I am always trying to widen this range.
What are the benefits?
Gentle Seated Exercise helps to improve posture, circulation, flexibility, strength, mobility and general well-being. Participants feel better generally, they enjoy the classes in a relaxed atmosphere and they provide an excellent opportunity for social interaction which, for some participants, is an important factor.Those with Dementia and Parkinson’s have benefited because Sit to Get Fit helps with co-ordination and concentration.
Some people have improved their health a great deal since starting these exercise classes: One lady has postponed her knee replacement operation; another lady who had a painful, swollen shoulder is now pain free, and another man can now walk without his walking stick because the exercises have strengthened his muscles.
How much does it cost?
I have kept charges to a minimum because I want to make the exercise classes affordable.
- At care homes and respite homes, sessions are pre booked by the managers of the facility. Residents are free to attend at no cost to the individual. Rates start from £25 per 45 minute session.
- At other venues, doctors’ surgeries, sheltered accommodations and other places in the community, the cost to individuals can be as little as £2 per session.
Where and when are the classes?
I have been running groups since May 2013. At doctors’ surgeries, sheltered accommodations and respite homes.
To check the classes currently running, please visit the Classes page of this website.
How do I book a class?
Classes are arranged for residents of a particular home or sheltered accommodation, or for patients of a doctor’s surgery. If there is no class near you, please contact me and we can discuss establishing a new class. Please check the latest information to find your local class.
How do I find out more?
If you would like more information please get in touch with me. I would also love to hear from you about your experiences if you have attended a class before, or if you are interested in establishing a new class at your care home, doctors’ surgery, or in your community.
Tel: 07510 154561