Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 4°C

min temp: 2°C

Search

Suffolk: Zumba, keep-fit or cooking? Which healthy living class will you sign up for?

10:26 02 January 2013

Zumba classes could help you get in shape this New Year

Zumba classes could help you get in shape this New Year

Archant

TOO frightened to step straight into the gym this New Year? There is another option - healthy living classes run by Live Well Suffolk will help ease you in gently.

“Often people have the perception of going to an exercise class and finding 20 size-eight dancers,” said Richard Crick, community health coach for Live Well Suffolk. “But our courses target those who are not physically active and want to make changes.”

This January, Richard and his colleagues will be offering free support to those who have vowed to lose weight, get active and live a healthier lifestyle through their six-week community health courses.

“Give it a try,” he said. “The idea of our courses is to make people feel better about themselves.

“Each session is an hour and a half long. We talk about health changes in the first half an hour then do an hour’s activity relevant to the course so either zumba, keep fit, yoga or we have cook and eat sessions where everyone helps prepare a meal then sits down to enjoy it together.”

The courses run throughout the year, but as people make a conscience effort to get active as part of their New Year’s resolution, the latest batch are quickly filling up.

“We normally have between 10 and 20 people on a course and the last series were all either full or oversubscribed,” said Richard. “The January ones are filling up quickly and we have had a fantastic uptake with the zumba sessions at University Campus Suffolk.”

Live Well Suffolk run a series of healthy living programmes as well as the community courses, working with residents from Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich, Sudbury, Felixstowe and Haverhill.

“Life expectancy in these areas is lower than elsewhere in Suffolk. It can vary by as much as 10 years in some areas and we want to address those health inequalities.”

The team also offer one-to-one stop smoking support and client-focussed personal health plans to those in these areas, or those in need to extra support.

“To ensure our services reach the people they are intended to help we have a triage system, those accessing the courses have to either come from one of our targeted areas or have a medical condition, be from a BME group, be a carer, suffer from a mental health condition or be overweight.”

By going along to the taster sessions, it is hoped people will be able to gain the confidence to move embark on a regular exercise regime, using their local facilities.

For more information on taking steps to a healthier future, visit tasters@livewellsuffolk.org.uk or call 01473 229292

1 comment

  • What I did to get advanced in my zumba class is bought the DVD set and workout at home. So I have become more experienced and fit quickly to catch up with the others. There is a good review for this zumba exhilarate DVD set here: I love zumba so I decide to do it at home too. I bought the DVD set so I can zumba at home at my own time. You can check it out in this review: http:zumbaexhilaratereviews.com

    Report this comment

    Ez Dav

    Thursday, January 3, 2013

This morning, in the wake of the most humiliating night in Ipswich Town’s history, we ask - is it time for boss Mick McCarthy to go?

We love this photo of a rubber duck caught out by the dip in temperature overnight.

Almost five million people witnessed the most humiliating night in Ipswich Town’s history live on television last night as the club crashed out of the FA Cup to Lincoln City.

A domestic violence victim assaulted by her partner when she was 25 weeks pregnant with their child said she has been left traumatised by his actions.

A Suffolk village remains in lockdown this morning as a police stand-off which began on Monday night continues.

A senior detective has warned residents to be vigilant after burglaries in Suffolk increased by 40% in December.

Dozens of public houses have closed in Ipswich in recent years. The pace of losses has now slowed and many community pubs are run by volunteers. 


Controversial proposals to cut IVF treatment offered to Suffolk couples will go before a meeting of commissioners next week.

A charity that acts as a lifeline and safe haven for refugees and asylum seekers in Suffolk has secured funding to keep it running for the next three years.

A drink-driver who was twice the legal limit was caught after colliding with a parked car outside Halesworth police station.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24