Aerobics class good fit for seniors

Bev Brown reckons the name "Kiwi Seniors" might put a few people off, but says the weekly aerobics classes she attends with her husband are a great way to stay in shape, both mentally and physically.

It is just one class which falls under the umbrella of Sport Hawke's Bay, and offers not only a place to work out but somewhere to meet friends and have fun.

"About 20 years ago a friend said 'lets go to this class for people 50 [years] plus', we went and I liked it, then my husband came with me. We play badminton and tennis. I'm going to be 80 this year and I go about three times a week, it's about a 40-minute programme," Mrs Brown said.

"There are a lot of widowers who come along and they make a lot of friends there, it's a social thing, we do a lunch, go on mystery bus tours, swap books."

Mrs Brown emphasised it was not all senior citizens and encouraged anybody over 50 to give it a go.

"You just feel better, the brain reacts better, it's a really good programme.

Margaret Hargraves is a highly qualified instructor, she's just great."

Those who wanted to trial the classes could contact Sport Hawke's Bay for a timetable.

"People can just show up and give it a go, if they like it they can pay $5 for a yearly subscription, then $3 a time for the classes."

Recreational team leader for sport Hawke's Bay, Eana Young said programmes such as Kiwi Seniors were popular and ran from Wairoa to Central Hawke's Bay.

In a month they recorded 4000 plus "visits," across the region, however, there were no specific figures breaking down the number of people attending individual classes.

"The number of visits does not mean the number of people involved, there could be one person doing three classes a week and each counts as a visit."

- Hawkes Bay Today

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