Sport England say that 'two in five people with a long term health condition would like more help and advice on how to be more active. We’re proud to have partnered with 15 leading health charities for the We Are Undefeatable campaign, inspiring people to be active in ways that suit their needs.'
At class we are ourselves and not our conditions.
I joke that between us all we may have one complete working body, after all we all have aches and pains, but when someone is diagnosed with a condition it becomes part of their very being. They are no longer themselves- they are Anne with 'what ever' or Ted with 'that thing'.
At class this morning and this afternoon we were not just exercising, we were being 'ourselves'. The class helps to keep the joints mobile and functioning and helps to keep the muscles strong but what is equally important is enabling friendships to grow and blossom - something exercise to music teachers are privileged to see quite regularly. We don't plan it, it isn't in our class plan, there is no music or set movements that makes it happen- it just happens.
We do not talk about conditions in class, I just observe and make a mental note to try something else, to slow down - or speed up- to change the music put on a song that grows a smile or just sit and talk for a few minutes about the TV or the news.
So, if you think you need to do some exercise because you have 'something' or because someone says it will be good for you then it is OK to say I want to join a class that will give me the 'something I am looking for', new friendships, a smile, a Christmas party, someone to share a celebration with as well as exercise, where I can be myself and not a medical condition.
Your class, the physical activity that 'ticks your box' is out there, it might be one of my classes or it might be something completely different, but please have fun finding it!
Being a couch potato and binge watching a whole TV series is OK for a day or so but It is important to keep active.
I always feel better after a class or a brisk walk so I have signed up for @REDJanuaryUK and will be getting active every day to raise funds for Mind.
I'm not running a marathon (I don't run!) but I will be going for a walk, dancing in front of the TV or 'doing something' every day 'with purpose' for Mind.
I hope you will support me and click onto my fundraising page
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/red-january-2020-3add73cf-7ac5-40a4-8b61-d37027189635 as you will see I haven't set too high a target!
This morning I received a certificate through the post, my Para Dance qualification.
The course took several months from start to finish with a detailed online section and a 3 day practical with almost continual assessment throughout!
My motivation for taking this course was my class participants. Mobility issues come in many guises and not everyone needs a wheelchair as conditions like arthritis or knee and hip replacements can make movement more difficult. With class participants in their mid to late 80's and 90's I have to make sure my class meets their needs and so I have to be able to reassure them that it is suitable for those with mobility issues - which means being able to deliver a mobility aid friendly class.
There will still be the usual warm up (as that is essential for fall awareness) and standing work ( for balance and leg strengthening) but there will be subtle adaptions for those who need them so no one need miss out on a fun, exercise to music class.
So, if you are finding that you need to use your walking stick more than before, but want an exercise class, then bring it along on Monday afternoons and see if Monday EXTEND class 'ticks your box'.
Tonight is the 'Big Thank You' during the BBC Sport Personality of the Year.
Volunteers - where would be be without them?
Tonight during the Sports Personality of the Year we will be thanking people who have volunteered and made a difference.
But, these are everyday people, not sports stars. What might happen if the grass at your local sports club was not cut before every game, the bar was not be open for a quick drink, and no one replaced the toilet paper when it runs out?
The children will have no one to coach them, there will be no one to administer first aid and the kit may go unwashed, litter left and chairs never put back in the right place.
In the dance world ballet buns might not be as great as they could be without the mum who can tame newly washed hair, no one to collect the money for Christmas parties or make the sandwiches for special events. No one to book the halls, sell raffle tickets or make sure the hall is as clean and tidy (if not cleaner) than you found it.
There would be no one to pass on skills, develop training courses or run training days or residential courses.
Who puts out the books, and tidies them away, buys the snacks and puts up the Christmas decorations for the fair?
There would be no Trustees taking on the responsibility of governance, fundraising or the day- to - day running of charity/company.
So, what ever you do, where ever you go, please remember to say a thank you to the person who 'does the stuff' so you can do what you do.
BUT most importantly a very BIG THANK YOU to everyone who comes to my EXTEND or Medau classes, as well as the volunteers at Jewish Care and The Methodist Church in Grange Park, without you, your laughter, smiles and friendship they would not be as much fun as they are!
Monday EXTEND at the Southgate Methodist Church
The last class before the Christmas break will be on Monday 16th December
Monday classes resume on Monday 6th January 2020
Tuesday at Highlands Village Hall
Classes follow the Enfield school term dates.
The last class before the Christmas break will be on Tuesday 17th December
Tuesday classes resume on Tuesday 7th January 2020
Wednesday Medau at Elm Court.
The Christmas break will be Wednesday 18th December.
Medau resumes on Wednesday 8th January 2020
Medau members enjoyed a lovely day at the AGM and Annual Reunion yesterday (26th October). We had two classes given by Julie Partridge and Toni Pelling and we were delighted to be joined by Marcus Kingwell, the new CEO of the EMD UK. (Did you know that Medau is one of the three founder members of the EMD UK? )
It is always good to get together with friends, to enjoy classes and to perform…yes perform as there are regional display teams that create Medau masterpieces and show them to their friends and colleagues. I am very lucky to be part of the Herts and Diamonds team and while we may not be dancing on the floor of the Royal Albert Hall we put in just as much energy and effort into our creations, created with love and a great sense of humour by Frances Judd (Hertfordshire).
The Medau Society isn’t just about the weekly class, it is being part of a bigger organisation - does the class at your gym give you all of this?
Herts and Diamond Team in rehearsal.
Social prescribing, sometimes referred to as community referral, is a means of enabling GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services.
A named link worker is assigned to an individual and taking a holistic approach to that individuals health and wellbeing they give them time to discuss what matters to them connect them to community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support.
Social prescribing works for a wide range of people, including people:
But the strange thing is, that we already have a means of social prescribing, it is called word of mouth!
People come to class and have a good time; they tell their friend and their friend pops along to give it a go. If they enjoy it then they carry on coming but if it isn’t quite their thing then they remember it for someone who might enjoy it.
A lady recently asked if she could ‘experience’ my class, and she did and really enjoyed it. People phone asking if the class is suitable for those with a variety of conditions and I tell them that my classes is for everyone- for people- not for conditions.
So, if you know someone who has a long-term condition, they are lonely or isolated then do your own ‘social prescribing’ and bring them along to class and let them meet like-minded people in a fun, happy and social setting.
The first class is always free so what have they go to lose?
No photos but just a quick post to congratulate the ladies at my Medau class today – you are all brilliant! I threw everything at you this afternoon and we succeeded!
Thank you a million times,
Why be physically active?
“Physical Activity is the single most useful thing that individuals can do to maintain their health and function and quality of life.” (World Health Organisation, 1997)
Chair based exercise classes focus on aiding the muscles used in everyday activity and is performed at a pace that suits participants, but EXTEND classes with Tracy go that bit further including work that challenges balance, knee and hip mobility, transfer of weight and working with hoops, clubs and balls adds a giggle as well as music you can sing to (so you are not holding your breath!).
What will being physically active for an hour do for you?
So, what have you go to lose? Try a class and see if you can feel the benefits.
Exercise With Tracy
EXTEND Exercise and Medau Movement teacher. Keeping the muscles working, the joints mobile and having fun!