PEOPLE will be sitting pretty for healthier, fitter lives at a South Tyneside church this week.
A new, chair-based exercise class has been developed at Grange Road Baptist Church in Jarrow.
The health initiative has been devised by trained exercise instructors from Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle, who say the class is a great way to improve fitness, happiness and well-being, by improving mobility and circulation.
Financed by Grange Road Baptist Church and South Tyneside Council Public Health Fund, the classes will run every Wednesday, at 10.30am, starting on Wednesday.
The Rev Roy Merrin, of the town centre church, said: “This is a great, relaxing way to keep fit and we hope as many people as possible take advantage of the chair exercise classes at Grange Road Baptist Church every week.”
Project officer Janine Dormand, for Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle, said: “The classes are great for everyone, no matter how fit or unfit someone may be.
“The classes have been designed around what people in the area want and need and will be a fun, relaxed way to exercise, whether you decide to use a chair or stand.
“The chair-based class will go through exercises to improve heart health, as well as muscle work, and of course the session will end with tea and a chat for those who would like to stay and mingle.”
The classes are free and instructors will take people through each exercise, using first-class equipment, within a spacious environment.
Music will be used to help people work out – even when sitting down.
To book a place, contact Groundwork’s health and well-being team on 428 1144 or visit Facebook at facebook.com/groundwork.health