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Extend classes for age 60+ recommence in September

07 August 2012

EXTEND provides gentle exercise to music for the over sixties and less able people of all ages. Classes are held on Tuesdays at Surlingham Parish Hall.

Extend's mission is to promote health, increase mobility and independence, improve strength, co-ordination and balance and to counteract loneliness and isolation.

Today's sedentary lifestyles can lead to a risk of developing illnesses such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Inactivity is a downward spiral and experts agree that exercise has a powerful effect on both the treatment and prevention of chronic disease and obesity with the added benefit of reducing the risk of falls, lifting the mood and creating a feeling of wellbeing.

It's easier to become more active than you think, and EXTEND is a great example of how easy it can be.

Active Norfolk is encouraging everyone aged 60 and above, or those who are less able, to take part in EXTEND, a specialist exercise programme. EXTEND is a national health promotion charity, and has its roots in exercise, health, movement and dance.

Your local class is held on

Tuesday 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm followed by refreshments


for more details contact

Phyllis Gladwell on 01508 538385

Classes recommence on 4 September 2012.

Participants are encouraged to increase their mobility and independence by working on strength, stamina, flexibility, co-ordination and balance. The exercise routines are designed to be fun and encourage social interaction.

EXTEND classes always contain at least twenty minutes of seated exercise and use various pieces of equipment, including stretch bands, dumb-bells, balls and plates, not the breakable variety!

Nick Clarke, Physical Activity and Health Co-ordinator at, Active Norfolk says We are keen to raise awareness of this excellent facility, and that's why we're asking everyone over 60 to make 2012 the year that they join an EXTEND class."

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