April 15, 2011

UK: Supergran shows age and fitness is no barrier to exercise

CHARNWOOD / InLoughborough.com / Newsdesk / April 15, 2011

A BATTLING great-grandmother is urging older people throughout Charnwood to check out a range of gentle exercise activities to get fit and stay healthy.

Dorothy Folwell, 78, is fighting cancer and is recovering from a series of operations. To help her recovery, she and husband Douglas, 79, are using Charnwood Borough Council’s leisure services to help keep active.

The couple have taken part in New Age Kurling sessions which can be played indoors from a seated or standing position. The kurling ‘stone’ can be rolled using hands, feet or even a stick.

The Birstall grandmother, who knits bonnets for premature babies at Leicester Royal Infirmary, said: “Although we have lived here for 54 years we keep ourselves to ourselves and so when we started going to new age kurling in Birstall we really enjoyed it – especially the social side. We have a laugh and you don’t even realise you’re doing exercise.

“I’ve had four operations in the last 13 months and I don’t have much energy at all anymore. But I could manage new age kurling and I would recommend it to anyone who feels, like I did, that they can’t do exercise any more.

“You will surprise yourself at how easy it is to take part and how many new friends you will make.”

Julie Robinson, Charnwood Borough Council’s Head of Neighbourhood Services, said: “Dorothy’s story shows how people of any fitness level can take part in our wide range of activities.

“Our gentle exercise programme is specially designed to give older people the opportunity to not only boost their health and fitness but to also make new friends.

“Anyone of any age is welcome to take part though and I hope as many people as possible take advantage of this top service.”

The council’s Active Together team is running three new classes specially tailored to suit older people.

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Source: InLoughborough.com