New Steps to Get Active Parkinson’s group in Clevedon
Clevedon residents living with Parkinson’s are invited to register for a new free 10-week physical activity group programme.
When: Monday’s 11:45am to 12:45pm (starting 22 January 2024)
Venue: Strode Leisure Centre, Strode Way, Clevedon, BS21 6QG
Research has shown that regular, moderate to vigorous physical activity can help relieve some of the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s, as well as improving overall mental and physical wellbeing. Being active is important when you are living with Parkinson’s for several reasons:
- Keeps the brain and mind working well
- Improves walking and movement
- Improves mood and confidence
- Improves strength
- Improves sleep
- Improves balance and reduces falls
- Improves quality of life
- May delay progression
- Improves heart and lung fitness
- Can reduce gait freezing
- Can reduce muscle fatigue
North Somerset Council is working in partnership with PD Warriors North Somerset to offer the 10-week group programme of support.
About the Steps to Get Active programme:
The programme offers weekly group support to help you make gradual increases to your physical activity levels.
After the initial funded 10 weeks you will be required to fund further sessions yourself, we will aim to keep sessions as affordable as possible.
What does the programme involve?
Supporting you to take part in physical activity gradually, building up your activity levels slowly over time, tailored to your condition and ability. Sessions will include aerobic and muscle strengthening exercises specifically aimed at relieving some of the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s.
The group programme will be led by qualified and experienced exercise instructors and the first session will provide an opportunity to:
- meet the exercise instructors delivering the group
- meet others taking part
- discuss activities you might like to try out as a group over the 10 weeks
- complete paperwork required
- take part in a short low impact taster session
Evidence: It’s safer for people with long term conditions to be physically active
There has previously been some concern that long-term conditions could be made worse by physical activity. However, the evidence is that physical activity has an important role to play in preventing and treating many conditions and that, for most people with long-term conditions, the benefits outweigh the risks.
For further information about the benefits of taking part in physical activity visit: https://movingmedicine.ac.uk/why-movement-matters/evidence-finder/
To help address concerns around risk, we are using the Moving Medicine risk consensus to help everyone understand what safety advice should be given. For further details please visit: https://movingmedicine.ac.uk/riskconsensus/
The We Are Undefeatable website is a great resource to learn about being active with a health condition. We Are Undefeatable supports people living with long-term health conditions, including Parkinson’s, to get active in a way that’s right for them. For more information about the campaign, visit www.weareundefeatable.co.uk
For further information about Steps to Get Active or to register for your FREE 10 weeks of support:
Call: Rowan: 07518 964332 or Amanda: 07917 116154
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