Regular exercises have huge benefits to people of all ages. The Yoga exercises funded by Get Berkshire Active initially was meant to take place in Hexham community centre while observing the rules of social distancing. But due to another lockdown, Utulivu group had no option but to do the sessions virtually. That had lots of advantages one being that the participants engaged in the exercise sessions from the comfort of their homes. And participants joined beyond the targeted geographical locations. More sessions were delivered compared to initially planned due to hall hire costs not incurred. Overall, the design of the project was meant to enable participants to be active during Covid-19 lockdown. This was to empower women to STAY IN GOOD HEALTH, AS HEALTH IS THE NEW WEALTH HENCE THEIR WELLBEING.
START WELL AND STRONG
The participants worked on their base and comfort speed after the instructor gave a briefing at the beginning of each session and reminded participants to start strong by observing the following:
PERSONAL GOALS WERE SET TO BE ACHIEVED AT THE END
EMPOWERED AND INSPIRED WITH THE HEALTH NUGGETS
The participants were left empowered and inspired after each session. They were motivated to do regular exercises in their own homes on their own initiatives after being reminded that “THEY WERE THE EXPERTS/DOCTORS OF THEIR OWN BODIES/HEALTHY. This came out powerfully as participants were reminded always and they owned this.
THE POPULAR EXERCISE
Several exercises were delivered for every part of the body. Some were more popular than others. One of the popular ones was “Celebrating Success”. It was a time of exercising the lungs through laughter. There is a popular saying laughter is medicine. The essence of celebrating success was to increase lung capacity and recharge oxygen supply. Participants looked forward to this. Exercises of all kinds were delivered to benefit all parts of the body: the head, shoulders, the back, the legs, hands, nose. It was for the total BODY FEEL GOOD AND HEALTHY.
HEALTH BENEFITS AS NARRATED BY THE PARTICIPANTS
On a weekly basis the sessions were delivered and when asked the participants narrated endless benefits of regular exercises as follows:
A MESSAGE FROM THE INSTRUCTOR
A daily programme of at least thirty minutes of exercise will yield maximum benefits. Do it regularly and enjoy it and ACHIEVE YOUR WELLBEING.
Exercise is the wisest INVESTMENT you can ever make for yourself. Set a time for your exercise and stick to it and ENHANCE YOUR WELLBEING.
Utulivu Women’s Group is ever grateful to Get Berkshire Active for the grant that went along way. It has provided an opportunity for women to be active and to achieve their wellbeing for life.