New exercise classes for people aged over 60 have been launched across Lichfield and the surrounding villages.

The FABS programme – flexibility, aerobic, balance and strength – has been designed by the University of Birmingham and aims to improve posture and strengthen muscle.

The Move it or Lose it classes have been launched in Lichfield, Whittington, Alrewas and Barton-under-Needwood.

Instructor Cat Stuart said: “Lots of people want to start the New Year with a resolution to get fit and FABS is the perfect choice for those over 60 who no longer want to squeeze into lycra or feel intimidated at a gym.

“There is a lovely supportive atmosphere in the classes where we exercise to ‘golden oldie’ hits and enjoy meeting new friends over a cup of tea at the end.

“I’m so impressed with the positive attitude of my class participants towards ageing. There are no excuses for not being able to take part when my eldest attendee is 85 years old and has overcome a stroke, others have Parkinsons, Rheumatoid arthritis or new knees and hips but they are determined to live life to the fullest.”

The weekly sessions take place at:

  • Holy Cross Church Hall on Upper St John Street on Mondays at 2pm.
  • Alrewas Methodist Church on Tuesdays at 1.30pm.
  • Thomas Spencer Hall in Whittington on Wednesdays at 2pm.
  • Barton-under-Needwood Village Hall on Thursdays at 2pm.

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