Get Moving update

Get Moving

We started the Get Moving class a month ago. Yep, it’s been 1 month now so I thought I would give you a quick update as to how it’s going so far…

In case you missed it, Get Moving is our new “brand” aimed at training people who may need a bit more care and attention than your run of the mill gym-goer…The phrase we have been using is “people with ongoing chronic medical conditions”. Does that describe them well to you? If you can think of a better way to describe our target audience, leave a comment below!

So after 5 Get Moving sessions, we have people training with us with:

  • Stroke
  • MS
  • Parkinson’s
  • Guillain barre syndrome
  • Replaced hips and knees
  • Recovering from surgery

And I know I’m biased, but I think we have done quite a bit of good so far already! It was particularly good seeing one chap showing off how much his leg movement has improved. I think his words were:

“I haven’t been able to move my leg like this for 20 years! Everyone had given up on it!”

And watching people walking forwards, backwards, sideways…and sometimes without the frame they have used for years too! I gotta be honest…I bloody love my job at times like these 🙂

And especially the atmosphere and spirit in the classes! We have people who have never met each other before, and yet they all seem to have bonded really well and are helping and cheering each other along. When someone does something new or special, everyone gives them a cheer. It’s lovely!

So I honestly think we are having a good effect so far. And we still have the 2 classes on Friday morning. The first at 10am and the second at 11:15am.

As we thought, the second class is more popular than the first. So if you are after some more personal, individual help, try to get up in time for the 10am start.

We were also invited to the reopening ceremony for the Ward 5 stroke unit at Airedale hospital last month! It was great meeting everyone and being able to chat to important people and discuss ways to ease the transition people have from being discharged from hospital and into everyday exercise for the rest of their lives.

We are trying to make that transition as smooth and easy as possible. So if you have any ideas, please let us know!

And I have been really lucky and honoured to be asked to do a few talks and presentations to groups of people with various conditions. Helping them learn what is out there for them and what they can do, not what they can’t.

And finally, a phrase that keeps cropping up at the Get Moving classes is the confidence they raise in the people taking part. I know from personal experience the important role doing things like this has had on my own confidence. And it is great hearing it from everyone else.

If you or anyone you know can benefit from these classes or the confidence they bring, please spread the word of Get Moving far and wide! The ambitious streak in me wants people to think of Get Moving first and foremost when they think of ways to help people…would you mind helping me with that ambition???

Spread the word! Thank you!