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Enhancing wellbeing through strength, balance and mobility

As we navigate the journey of life, our bodies inevitably undergo change, particularly as we age. Recognising the importance of maintaining physical health and independence, I embarked on a mission to create a specialised class tailored to the needs of aging individuals.
 |  Lisa Jury  | 

These sessions can be a great deal of fun for everyone, and beneficial.

Drawing on my expertise in Health Science with a specialisation in sport and exercise, coupled with my previous experience as a Strength and Balance Facilitator for Age Concern Counties Manukau, I established a class in Whitianga for those 65+ to prevent falls and injury and to stay mobile as they age. It includes a comprehensive range of exercises and activities aimed at enhancing functional fitness and quality of life.

Each session is carefully structured to target key areas of concern for older adults, such as the impact of chronic conditions, improving muscle strength to prevent falls, enhancing flexibility to maintain joint health, and promoting overall mobility to facilitate everyday activities.

One of the most rewarding aspects of leading this class is witnessing the transformation that occurs in participants over time.

From the initial apprehension and uncertainty to the newfound confidence and vitality, it is truly inspiring to see individuals reclaim their independence. Whether it’s the ability to navigate the stairs with ease, get out of a chair easily, play with the grandchildren without fear of injury, or simply enjoy a leisurely walk along our beach, the impact of the class extends far beyond the walls of the church hall to fostering a sense of empowerment in the community.

Hosted at the local church, we are fortunate to have their support in offering this vital program to our community. The church graciously charges only a minimal hireage fee, which covers basic expenses such as power useage.

As for my role, I am pleased to donate my expertise and time to lead the class ensuring that participants receive high-quality instruction without financial barriers.

By combining expertise, passion, and a genuine commitment to the well-being of others, we have created a space where older adults can thrive and live life to the fullest.

As we embark on this journey together, we celebrate the strength, resilience, and determination that define us at every stage of life.

Thank you to Vic Dulbeth, 89 years for helping me set up the class for the last 2 years.

Options to sit or stand throughout, and chairs are available for support for standing exercises.

Class details:

Thursdays 10.00am-11.00am, Anglican Church, St Peter The Fisherman, Dundas Street, Whitianga. Cost: $2.00

Classes taken by: Lisa Jury BSR, PG.Cert. HSc, GradDipTchg.

Phone 027 351 7110