Scottish War Blinded Members are Making Exercise Fun at Centenary Hall

Posted: 07/09/2016 | Scottish War Blinded

Scottish War Blinded members are making exercise fun through regular armchair exercise sessions at Centenary Hall.

Regular exercise, at no matter what age, provides significant benefits to both body and mind. Recent research has indicated that those who engage in regular exercise in later life are three times more likely to stay healthy than their inactive peers.

For many of our members, many of whom no longer can take part in rigorous activities such as running and cycling, armchair exercises provides the ideal opportunity to improve muscle strength, balance and co-ordination in a fun, controlled environment.

The sessions are delivered by Gillian Raw, who describes the purpose behind the activities.

“The sessions are all about awareness of positive health and well-being, that members need to sit less and move more so that they are using muscles to maintain mobility and independence both in and out of the home.

Today’s session began with a series of warm up exercises focusing on all the major muscle groups of the body. Once fully warmed up, members worked with individually and in groups with tennis balls, footballs and tennis rackets as a means to increase intensity and inject a social element to proceedings.

Gillian elaborates further on why the apparatus is used:

“The throwing and catching and movements using the balls is all about motor skills and hand-to-eye coordination. Our members are having a lot of fun working together through the exercises without realising how much they are working their arms, shoulders and back muscles.”

For many members, armchair exercise is now an activity they look forward to on a weekly basis.

Scottish War Blinded members Peggy Dunlop and Bill Quinny said:

“I really enjoyed it! I enjoy regular exercise at home and to do armchair exercises with fellow members is a great laugh, especially the balloon tennis!”

“Keeping fit is very important and armchair exercises is an excellent opportunity to do so. I would definitely recommend it to other members.”