Longer is a community based exercise programme for older people and
people with long term health conditions. The programme
provides safe, simple and effective evidence based exercise sessions
which facilitate ample
opportunities to also meet social and spiritual needs through a range of fun and exciting activities and events.
delighted to let you know that, with considerable help from
Good News Church, Wimborne, the Younger
Longer exercise sessions can now be
The classes take place at 10.00 every
morning from Monday to Saturday.
& Thursdays there are strength, balance and general fitness sessions
which are ideal for people with reduced mobility, including those who
need to sit down to exercise. At these we use resistance
bands to help strengthen the bones in our wrists, hips and spines, areas
that are prone to bone loss as we age
On Tuesdays and Fridays there are
exercise to music sessions which are a little more energetic and help
maintain stamina and general fitness. At these we use ankle
weights to help us improve our leg strength
On Wednesdays and Saturdays there are circuit training sessions,
these are the most energetic of the classes. At these we
alternate between exercises to get us puffed and exercises using small
hand weights to help improve upper body strength
We would love you to join us, why not try
them all out!
See you at 10.00 tomorrow!
have any questions please do get in touch by emailing Diane at
care, keep safe and keep moving!
Love Diane x
Beryl 83 years, "Younger
Longer … the difference this makes to one’s life is amazing.
Carry on the good work!"
Shirley aged 78 years says, "I feel so isolated where I live, Younger
Longer is my weekly lifeline."
Gordon aged 89 years says, "I wouldn't miss it for the world - my
balance and leg strength have improved beyond recognition."
In the beginning we started with just two groups, but very quickly the number of classes in the programme increased from 2 to 16,
totalling 321 participants, 88% of whom continued attending long
term. We have added to our programme and now have 26 open
exercise classes taking place in 7 churches and 5 community halls across Dorset where we are helping
hundreds of older people to stay safe, strong and independent.
In order to achieve this success a comprehensive training course was developed
and run by
highly qualified health and fitness professionals which provides all the
knowledge and skills required to become a Younger
Longer leader. We would be delighted to help caring people in other
areas to set up similar programmes and
can assist with the required training where necessary. If
you would like details of the training please do get in touch.
Demonstrating that the course is of the
highest standard, that it has been peer reviewed, that it is up to date and
promotes best practice, accreditation by
Royal College of Nursing
has been sought and achieved since 2010.