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Live well for longer by exercising with resistance bands

Published Tuesday, 5th July 2022

From Friday, the 8th of July, visit your local library and pick up your FREE resistance band.

Live well for longer by exercising with resistance bands. Resistance bands are great way to exercise various parts of the body to maintain muscle strength, posture, increase mobility, and help with joint pain.

Exercising with resistance bands can help anyone, but we are encouraging over 50s in Worcestershire to use them to help stay active and well.

Public Health Worcestershire’s new project ‘Living Well for Longer’ encourages over 50s across the county to keep active and well in later life. The project aims to improve mental and physical wellbeing, slow down age-related functional decline and keep over 50s independent for as long as possible.

The living Well for Longer team are offering a free resistance band and exercise booklet to residents over 50. To get you started the exercise booklet contains a set of 8 seated resistance band exercises that are easy to follow and designed to help maintain and improve your strength as you age. We recommend you complete these exercises at least twice a week and use them to complement any current physical activity.

On  Friday, 8th July, The Living Well for Longer team will be touring the county's main six libraries with a pop-up mini exercise session. At the event, fitness professionals will demonstrate various exercises you can do using resistance bands, encouraging you to have a go and handing out FREE resistance bands.

Schedule 

  • The Hive Worcester | 9am to 9.35am
  • Kidderminster Library | 10.05am to 10.25am 
  • Redditch Library | 10.55am to 11.15am
  • Bromsgrove Library | 11.40am to 12pm
  • Evesham Library | 12.40pm to 1.00pm
  • Malvern Library | 1.40pm to 2.00pm

This exciting new project is delivered by Public Health (Worcestershire County Council) in collaboration with ICOPE Worcestershire (Integrated Care for Older People) to support people to stay healthy for longer. Resistance bands are strong, elastic bands that can be used to exercise all parts of the body. Resistance bands can not only build and maintain muscle strength but can also improve your strength and posture, increase mobility, and help with joint pain.

The benefits of using resistance bands are:

✓ Builds muscle strength
✓ Improved muscle function, bone health and balance
✓ Reduced risk of falls
✓ Suitable for all abilities (seated or standing)
✓ Just 10-minute sessions can make a difference!

Councillor Karen May, Cabinet Member with responsibility for health and wellbeing, said: “We want everyone across the county to be able to live healthier and longer lives. The Living Well for Longer in Worcestershire project is a fantastic project by Public Health Worcestershire that invites over 50s across the county to keep on moving and encourages positive aging. Resistance band exercises have several health benefits and are an effective and simple way to keep you active. This is a great opportunity for residents, to get started please visit your local library to collect your FREE resistance bands and exercise leaflet.”

For more information about the Living Well for Longer Project please visit: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20899/living_well_for_longer_in_worcestershire