Get fit as a fiddle with project

A NEW fitness programme has been launched to make sure those over 45 are really as Fit as a Fiddle.

A NEW fitness programme has been launched to make sure those over 45 are really as Fit as a Fiddle.

The ActivAge project is one of eight supported by Age Concern England's Fit as a Fiddle programme and is aimed at people who might not feel comfortable joining a gym or feel they would be unable to manage physical activity.

People living in the town centre and Stoke areas of Ipswich have been getting fit feeling the benefits of the ActivAge project since its conception last summer and now a new programme has been released for 2009.

The project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and there are now two Activage centres providing healthy eating lunch clubs every Tuesday alongside activities including chair-based exercise, community walks, movement to music, dance, and circuit-based exercise.

The lunch clubs take place at the Oasis Centre in the Ipswich International Church, Portman Road and at St Mary at Stoke Church Hall, in Stoke Street.

The New Year gets off to a flying start with a free exercise group for Bangladeshi Men on Wednesday, from 2pm to 3pm at the Bangladeshi Support Centre, Tower Street.

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Bangladeshi women can begin free sessions on Tuesday, January 13, from 12noon to 1pm.

The ten week class promises to help improve functional strength, mobility, balance and co-ordination and will be held in the Lecture Library, Old Foundry Road.

Taoist Tai Chi starts on Tuesday, January 20, at St Mary at Stoke. The six week course promises to improve circulation, balance, posture, strength, flexibility and reduce stress. The first session will be held from 2pm to 3pm and costs �1.50.

Lindsey Bennett, ActivAge Project Co-ordinator, said: “These sessions are particularly aimed at people who may not feel comfortable joining a gym or think that they wouldn't be able to manage taking up some physical activity.

“We want people to have fun and meet new friends as well as improving their health.”

Anyone who wants to attend any of the sessions should just turn up on the day.

For more information about the ActivAge centres, other activity sessions available, or becoming a volunteer, call Lindsay Bennett on 01473 261112.

n. Do you think enough is done to help get people fit? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or email