Exercise association launched

A seminar was held at Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury to launch a new association for exercise teachers in the county.

Organised by Shropshire Rural Community Council, the event was aimed at exercise and dance teachers from across the region who work with sedentary people, frail adults and those with limited mobility, as well as personal trainers and walk for health leaders.

Susie Hancock, preventative services development officer at Shropshire RCC said: “The new Association of Shropshire Exercise Teachers, to be known as ASET, will be an independent, self-sustaining body that will offer support and opportunities to its members.

“Exercise classes for older or sedentary people are recognised as a vital service to prevent a deterioration in health, but we fully realise that in a county like Shropshire maintaining these classes is always a challenge.”

The half-day seminar offered an update on current health guidelines for physical activity, information about music options and first aid, with taster sessions of Tai Chi, Zumba and Pilates suitable for an aging population.

Susie continued: “It is good to see this network of exercise specialists coming together and have the opportunity to move forward with regular meetings, newsletters and training sessions.”

Exercise instructor Ruth Morriss (CORRECT) of Minsterley, who attended the event, added: “The seminar has been a great success with a variety of interesting lectures and activities, giving instructors like myself who work on their own a lot the chance to meet like-minded people for useful discussion and to share ideas and concerns from within our sphere of work.”

Also on display was the Shropshire RCC ‘Smoothie Bike’ which provides a fun exercise session by using only pedal power to convert fresh fruit into a healthy drink and pictured giving it a try are, from left, Susie Hancock, Jill Edwards, Sue Stedman, Julia Coates, Sonja Eckert-Hopkins and Karen Pardoe.

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