Strength for Life, an innovative and affordable exercise program for people aged over 50, has launched on the Central Coast.
Strength for Life is a strength and balance program designed specifically for people over 50. It involves progressive resistance training to improve your strength, balance, coordination and endurance.
The program has been developed by COTA (Council on the Ageing) NSW. It is being provided in partnership with local Central Coast instructors Amanda Doring and Mai Speirs.
All Strength for Life instructors are exercise professionals who undertake extra training with COTA NSW to be accredited with the program. This training covers the needs of older people and how to work with different types of injuries and conditions.
‘The beauty of the Strength for Life program is that it is specially designed for older people, and the instructors are sensitive to your needs,’ said COTA NSW CEO Meagan Lawson.
‘Keeping yourself moving and getting stronger has a flow-on effect on your general quality of life. You’ll be better able to carry shopping and play with your grandchildren, as well as reducing the risk of falls and other injuries.’
Mai has been running Strength for Life classes online during the COVID-19 pandemic, and has now started in-person classes at East Gosford Progress Hall. ‘It’s wonderful to see the excitement and the commitment of our group to this program and see them improving. Our friendly group are getting some awesome results and have also been bringing their friends to join in’, she said.
Amanda has just started the Strength for Life program at Charmhaven Community Centre. ‘I have been delivering exercise classes to older adults for the past 20 years’, she said.
‘I understand their needs and know how to keep people motivated. I am so happy to see the positive benefits that the exercises have on my participants. I also make my classes fun and social so everyone can enjoy the class with a smile on their face, while improving their strength and balance’
Participants undertake an initial assessment to develop a program that is tailored to their needs, at a cost between $30-$40. From there, classes cost $7-9 per session.
The classes at East Gosford Progress Hall run on Mondays at 11.15am.
Contact Mai on 0411 039 643 for more information or to book your initial assessment.
The classes at Charmhaven Community Centre run on Tuesdays at 9.30am. Contact Amanda on 0412 611 727 for more information or to book your initial assessment.