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Strength and balance exercises can keep you stronger for longer

We all want to continue to share our lives with loved ones as we get older, such as playing with grandchildren and socialising with friends. Simple strength and balance exercises twice a week are a proven to keep you stronger for longer, independent and enjoying the great things in life, whether by joining a class or doing it yourself at home.

The Stronger for longer campaign has been developed by Cambridgeshire County Council working with local NHS health partners. #StrongerforLonger launches on 1st October International Older People Day and supported by Living Sport.

  • Research shows that group and home-based exercise programmes can reduce the rate of falls by 29 per cent and 32 per cent respectively while Tai Chi reduces the risk of falls by 28 per cent
  • Falls are one of the most commonest causes of accidental injury in older people and the commonest cause of accidental death in the population aged 75 and over in the UK
  • One in three people aged 65 and over will fall every year, increasing to one in two people over 80

For more information on strength and balance classes and activities in your area, visit
Cambridgeshire County Council website  or in Peterborough Healthy Peterborough website

There is also going to be an opportunity to check out how your strength, balance and flexibility is currently through Functional Fitness MOT’s that will take place in October across the county. The MOT includes up to 7 simple exercises that test different elements of strength, balance, flexibility and fitness to carry out every day tasks. Anyone over 65 can just drop in and take the tests. The Functional Fitness MOT’s taking place include:

Huntingdonshire – being run by RightStart
Monday 1st October, 9 – 10am – Rainbow surgery at Ramsey. Class 10‐11am.
Monday 1st October, 9.30 – 10.30am One Leisure Sawtry. Class 10.30 – 11.30am.
Monday 1st October, 3.30 – 4.30pm One Leisure St Ives. Class 2.30 – 3.30pm.

Fenland – run by Everyone Health
Tuesday 2nd October, 10am – 3pm, Queen Mary Centre, Wisbech

Peterborough – being run by Solutions4Health
Monday 1st October, 9am – 5pm, The at Kingfisher Court, Stanground, Peterborough

Poster with details of Functional Fitness MOT in Peterborough

Poster with details of Wisbech Functional Fitness MOT event

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