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Reevedon residents ‘get physical’

Reevedon residents ‘get physical’

Reevedon staff member Bub Hogg and Reevedon resident Pat Spaans take the gym’s exercycles for a spin.
Reevedon staff member Bub Hogg and Reevedon resident Pat Spaans take the gym’s exercycles for a spin.

A dozen staff and residents attended the grand opening of Reevedon Home’s new gym yesterday, which kick-started their race to get fit.

A resident of the home cut the ribbon to officially open the fitness suite, which is now available for residents of both Reevedon Home and Reevedon Village, along with staff to use.

Recreation officer Davina Rawiri says the grand opening was an impromptu event to increase awareness of the new gym and encourage residents to use the facility.

“The opening was great; everyone jumped on the equipment and gave it a go and said they’d make an effort to use it every day,” Davina explains.

“The residents named it ‘The Gym’, which we thought was a rather fitting name… it has become a great way for our residents to increase the amount of exercise they do, especially during the colder months.”

‘The Gym’ compliments Reevedon Home’s success with its fall reduction programme which has seen a significant decrease of falls sustained due to improved mobility and muscle strength among residents.

“We’ve also introduced exercises every day for residents to help improve balance and strength, and to keep people mobile and active.”

Davina says the gym has a small amount of equipment and they could always do with more.

“We have weights, a radio and exercycles, and donations of low-intensity gym equipment are very welcome.”

For more information about Reevedon Home and Village, located 37 Salisbury Street in Levin, or to donate exercise equipment, call the home on 06 368 7900, email reevedon@psc.org.nz or click here.

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