Getting Stronger at Woodfield Physiotherapy

For many of us the pandemic put a sudden stop to our usual social events and much loved group activities.  Prolonged closures of health and fitness services and local lockdowns have all led to a rise in physical deconditioning. Now is the time to get back to the things that we enjoy and physical activity incorporating strength training will help you to do this!

Why is strength Important?

Strength training is important for us all however it has particular significance for older adults and for those with long term health conditions.

The NHS and Public Health England recommend daily exercise for adults aged 65 and over. Muscle and bone mass are two things that naturally decline as we age and both put us at risk of sustaining injuries such as fractures, especially if we have any balance impairments.  For these reasons engaging in physical activity to improve our strength and balance is vital to supporting healthy aging, reducing the risk of falls, maintaining mobility, improving confidence and staying independent. People who exercise regularly have a lower risk of developing many long-term conditions, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and some cancers. Research shows that physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress, depression and dementia.

How can we help you to get stronger?

Interestingly a review of current scientific literature has found that Pilates exercise can improve balance, strength and function as well as reducing the risk of falls in older adults.

At Woodfield Physiotherapy we feel that exercise is fundamentally important to ensuring you can continue doing the things you love. We offer a range of exercise classes for all levels of ability, including Pilates, Physio-led Yoga, Chair-based exercise and Exercise Circuits for older people which can all help you to improve your strength, balance and joint mobility. Experienced practitioners at Woodfield will be able to discuss with you which class you may be most suited to based on your individual requirements.We are passionate about helping you to feel stronger, more confident and to enable you to get the most out of life.

Our Pilates classes, run by experienced class instructors accommodate beginners through to more experienced participants, are a great way to improve strength throughout our bodies: arms, legs and core muscles. Take a look at our range of classes and times in the top right hand corner of the website (Class Schedule) or call us on 01234 378996 to find out more and book a place. Classes are £12 per class and can be pre-booked. If you would like to try it out we offer an introductory package of 2 classes for £12 (the price of one class) so you have the chance to try the class, meet the teacher and make sure it is right for you. Just ask us about the offer when you call.

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