Jimboomba Gymnastics Club gets people moving with Move for Life class

IN CLASS: Instructor Marie Evans with Phyllis Hale, Carol Rudd and Vivienne Todd. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough
IN CLASS: Instructor Marie Evans with Phyllis Hale, Carol Rudd and Vivienne Todd. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

GYMNASTICS is not an activity that many people associate with seniors but that is not the case at Jimboomba Gymnastics Club.

The Move for Life classes offer gentle gymnastics enabling people of any age improve mobility.

GAMES: Throwing games help with co-ordination. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

GAMES: Throwing games help with co-ordination. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

Offered twice a week, the class is fun and provides a chance to connect with other people, while improving fitness and strength.

Instructor Marie Evans said when people get older the brain starts to slow down.

“The classes stimulate the brain and work on co-ordination and balance, while also just having a laugh,” she said.

“I tell everyone to do exercises to their ability but people see improvement in their strength as they take part.”

Ms Evans said gentle gymnastics was suitable for seniors and people who had suffered an injury or accident.

“It can help anyone improve mobility,” she said.

DURING CLASS: Instructor Marie Evans leads the group in stretches at the end of the Move for Life class. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

DURING CLASS: Instructor Marie Evans leads the group in stretches at the end of the Move for Life class. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

Participants said they enjoyed the social aspect of the group and enjoy the casual environment.

Carol Rudd said they did not feel self-conscious with one another.

“We are comfortable with each other,” she said.

“I would encourage other people to give it a try.”

Vivienne Todd added that the environment was a relaxed and friendly one.

BALANCING: Vivienne Todd walks on the beam. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

BALANCING: Vivienne Todd walks on the beam. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

There is no joining fee and classes are $8 each.

“We want to make it affordable for pensioners,” Ms Evans said.

“There are no upfront fees.

Gymnastics Queensland development manager Kate Johnston said Move for Life was a fun and social way to get moving.

“The aim of the program is the improve the strength, flexibility, balance and co-ordination of older adults to help the participants lead an active life and retain their independence in their later years,” she said.

“The program has had a fantastic response from the general public and we hope this will continue.”

Jimboomba Gymnastics offers the Move for Life classes on Monday from 1pm to 2pm and Thursday from 10am to 11am.

No bookings are required.

The cost is $8 each or $15 for a couple.

For information, phone Callie on 0498 520 366.