Mature and motivated

by Anonymous Author

Rolleston Community Centre’s new recreation class is proving to be a hit with some of the district’s older residents.

The ‘Mature and Motivated’ class is a low impact fun exercise class aimed at active people 50 years and over, and includes activities such as hula hooping, trampoline, exercycling, ball passing, and dancing. At 90 years old, Rolleston resident Les Cotton is a newbie to recreation classes. He started coming to classes following his wife’s death earlier this year.

Mr Cotton said he wasn’t sure about the class at first but after giving it a go he now really enjoys it.

“I’ve met lots of new people and it’s very social, with coffee after. It’s where you go to make new friends.”

Pat Jones, age 87, has been going to the class for the last six years. She drives into Rolleston from Darfield twice a week.

Mrs Jones said she first started the class as a way to stay active, and has continued with it for the people.

“I just love it. I’ve made wonderful friends and the instructor Ingrid is very good. I had an accident two years ago and was so supported by the kind people I’ve met at the class.

“My favourite activity is the rowing machine. It uses every muscle, and I like the challenge. The bike is another favourite of mine,” she said.

Instructor Ingrid Phelan said the Mature and Motivated class is a lowcost way to keep fit.

“The best part about taking the class is the people and the way they look out for each other,” she said.

“They inspire me and it can be emotional seeing them interacting. A typical class has 30 people in it, and the same ones turn up both days per week. It’s great seeing them all having fun and having a laugh.” The Mature and Motivated class is held on Tuesdays from 11am to 11.45am and Fridays noon to 12.45pm. It is $3 per session and no booking is required.

For more information phone the Rolleston Community Centre on 03 347 2882 or ask at the centre counter.