Residents, tenants, relatives and staff members from five Belong care villages have taken part in a step challenge designed to increase health and well-being.
Customers at villages in Atherton, Crewe, Macclesfield, Wigan and Warrington pledged to use stairs rather than the lift over a six week period.
Tracy Paine, operations director of Belong, said: “Exercise is very important for people of all ages and several studies have shown that both muscle strength and mass can be increased at essentially any age through systematic strength training.
“The step challenge has been a fun and engaging way of encouraging our customers to exercise more by using the stairs and we have certainly seen an increase in well-being, confidence and physical strength amongst customers who have taken part.”
Participants have been monitored over the past six weeks with individual progress charts and a weekly ‘stand up and go test’, to demonstrate the difference that changing one aspect of strength training can make.
Belong fitness instructors have also been on hand to encourage residents to use the step machines in the village’s exercise studio and to help with stair climbing.
All Belong village residents, tenants and Experience Day customers have access to an Exercise Studio, specially equipped to meet the exercise and activity needs of older people.
A qualified exercise instructor, experienced in working with older people, helps to develop personalised training programmes to improve mobility and welfare.