Comments from class teacher Lorna Sykes - January 2016:
"Just home from teaching my first class since before Christmas.
What a great afternoon!! Singing, dancing, stretching, laughing - everyone felt really good when we'd finished. The manager of the extra care complex came in half way through to see what all the fun was about. "How lovely to hear people laughing and having fun," she said!!"
The power of movement and music!!
Love this job :)"
EXTEND News Competition – “Why Do You Like EXTEND Exercise Classes?”
We have pleasure in announcing the winners of the above competition from the recent edition of EXTEND News, as follows:
Winner – Class Participant: Betty Clark (attends Barbara Weldon’s class at Dursley, Glocs.)
“Inspirational teacher, life changing exercises, music, dance, fun, kind friends. What makes life worth living.”
Runner Up - Class Participant: Geoff Sykes (attends a class in Derby.)
“The exercise is both necessary and enjoyable, the teacher fantastic and the socialising most uplifting.”
Winner – Teacher: Carol Woodford (teaching classes currently at Newport, Pontypool and Risca.)
To flex and bend
To find a friend
To move along
and enjoy the song
Thank you to everyone who entered the competition and well done to our worthy winners.
Older People's Day 2015
“Move Every Way Every Day” is EXTEND Exercise’s important message to older adults. Celebrating Older People’s Day, 1 October, EXTEND’s Chief Executive, Cynthia Robinson says: “Exercise facilitates independence through improved movement, enhanced mood and reduced stress levels”.
The older adults participating in EXTEND’s classes are truly committed to exercise: only 8% leave within six months, compared to a massive 34% of younger adults who leave their gym leave after the first year.
Please CLICK HERE to read the press release
You can also find more details about Older People’s Day by clicking the Full of Life logo on the right hand side of this page.
Vale of Glamorgan - EXTEND's first Birthday at St Athan's
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Older People Full of Life national event: Older People's Day - October 2014
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Dot Bremner reports:
On Saturday 16 August 2014, 16 teachers met in Edinburgh from all over Scotland to swap notes & exchange ideas. They also learned a number of new routines incorporating dance & exercise, both seated and standing, with the accent on fun. Numbers such as The Senior's Hornpipe; The Gay Grannies and the Couch Potato Highland Fling were enjoyed and mastered with much laughter. A brilliant day was enjoyed by all.
Older People Full of Life national event: Having A Ball - June 2014
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EXTEND Exercise Training appoints a new Head of Training - 2014
EXTEND Exercise Training appoints its first Chief Executive - December 2013
Linda Smith article - Rheumatoid Arthritis - 2013
Daily Mail - Exercise stops dementia (March 2013)
Daily Mail - OAPs spend 100 days on their own (March 2013
EXTEND Exercise Teacher Gets 700 Scientists on Their Feet At the World-Wide Conference on Active Ageing
EXTEND teacher Rhona Gordon appeared at the World Conference on Active Ageing in the SECC Glasgow with 35 members of her Edinburgh and Penicuik classes.
Scientists, along with health professionals, gather every four years to discuss the effects of activity on the ageing human body and brain. During this week long conference there are lecturers and invited symposium as well as an exhibition. EXTEND was invited by the organisers, Professor Dawn Skelton and Bob Laventure to give a demonstration class during the Conference in the Lomond Auditorium.
The group followed Professor Mauzy Regents from the University of Texas who lectured on Physical Activity and Quality of life throughout the lifespan. Their bright outfits burst onto the stage creating a quite startling impression bringing the audience of 700 scientists to their feet to join in.
Rhona said, “We aim to beat Mother Nature at the ageing process and if unsuccessful give her a hell of a run for her money. We all had quite an experience, and were amazed at such an academic audience joining us in our finale.”
Later in the day Tracy Levy gave an open class in Experience Zone in the main exhibition hall.
Everyone commented on EXTENDs use of vibrant music, the enjoyment on the participants faces, the quality of work and the sense of joy, satisfaction and feel good factor of both the demonstration and the class.
A huge thank you to Dawn and Bob for inviting us, and an especially big thank you to the ladies and gentleman of EXTEND for putting on such a wonderful display.
Since there are hundreds and probably thousands of training providers throughout the country it is best if EXTEND teachers contact First Aid courses in their locality.
Basic First Aid at Work is fine - it is one day and lasts for 3 years although there are variations. The cost is important and they do vary.
As long as the First Aid courses are approved/accredited and it is run by a recognised approved awarding body for example: St. John's Ambulance or Red Cross. Further information can be found on this website -