The Monday EXTEND class remembered a dear class member this afternoon as we raised funds in her memory for the local Parkinson's Society group. It was a packed hall with several people from her FLexercise class who wanted to remember their friend.
Sometimes people try to find a class for a specific condition to ease specific issues but as class members will tell you, the most important thing is to move every joint, in every which way and encourage whole body movement so you feel stretched and worked without feeling exhausted. It does not just keep the doctor happy, but it keeps your joints (big and small) happy as well!
Over the years, as an EXTEND teacher and Course Director, I have arranged talks for teachers (CPD days) on numerous subjects from exercising after a cancer diagnosis to stroke, joint replacements and breathing issues. Without exception, every speaker has praised us as teachers as we adapt the class to those in front of us so that no one feels as if they are a special circumstance. The music is really important as it brings everyone together. There have been many times when we all wish we could bottle the atmosphere as everyone is singing and smiling but it is impossible to write a lesson plan to create a positive, vibrant and friendly atmosphere as it something that happens because the music, exercises and the people come together as friends enjoying a social class.
So, while many will say that their EXTEND class is good for their aching joints, their balance and mobility, they all agree that it does wonders for their social life.
This was the last Monday class of term, but if you want to exercise your bodies, brains and singing voices, then pop Monday 17th September in your diaries!
Wishing you a sunny and happy summer break and if you want to try a class then just email me on
Exercise With Tracy
EXTEND Exercise and Medau Movement teacher. Keeping the muscles working, the joints mobile and having fun!