College encouraging older adults into healthier lifestyle

HND Health and Fitness students (Janette Richmond pictured centre of group)
HND Health and Fitness students (Janette Richmond pictured centre of group)

Ayrshire College Health and Fitness students are focusing on motivating and encouraging older adults to take part in a healthier lifestyle.

Working with volunteers who attend exercise classes on a weekly basis, HND Health and Fitness students are getting the benefit of experiencing real-time classes with the public.

Janette Ritchmond, Kilmarnock, has attended the class since the programme started seven years ago.

About her time at the class, Janette said: “It’s great because it keeps you mobile and gets you out of the house. The social side is fantastic, and I enjoy meeting up with the class each week. Despite my health issues, the exercise always makes me feel fantastic.”

Most people as they get older benefit from keeping in touch with their community, friends and neighbours, and being active is a way to ensure that they can keep doing that. The college course highlights the benefits of taking part in exercise classes, improving health and wellbeing, increase confidence, as well as being enjoyable.

David Malcolm, Sport and Fitness Lecturer, said: “The classes are delivered on a one to one basis and are a great introduction for students to health and fitness issues with the older adults client group. As well as developing a good relationship with the clients that volunteer for the fitness program, the students gain a stronger understanding of fitness assessments, fitness testing and dietary analysis.”

HND Health and Fitness student Naomi Leitch from Ardrossan said “ Working with older adults is very rewarding. I love the fact that the exercise class really makes an impact on their health and lives. The class focuses on tailored exercise for each individual and I enjoy being part of their fitness journey. The course has given me the confidence to train, motivate and help clients achieve their fitness and health goals.”

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