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Cardiff event to look at overcoming barriers to exercise

Child Protection Campaigner Dr Sara Payne MBE to address Cardiff event on overcoming barriers to exercise for people with long term illnesses.

Llanishen Leisure Centre will stage an event tomorrow (Tuesday May 29) to explore the benefits of power assisted exercise. Innovative, state of the art exercise and toning equipment being introduced in Cardiff helps people with long term illnesses. It improves mobility, assists rehabilitation and helps to manage long term conditions such as stroke, MS, Fibromyalgia and other neurological conditions.

The guest Speaker will be Child Protection Campaigner Dr Sara Payne MBE.

Sara will be talking of her personal experience about the massive stroke that nearly killed her eight years ago and her subsequent inspirational and courageous journey to regain mobility and independence through rehabilitation and physical activity.

A new toning suite has opened in Llanishen equipped with 12 Shapemaster Toning Tables.  It is the first of its kind in Cardiff and  designed so that it can be used by everybody, irrespective of age, mobility, weight or fitness level.

Anthony Hayes, General Manager, Better Cardiff Llanishen explains:

“Our new equipment means better access to inclusive fitness and self-managed exercise in the community for people living with long term illnesses.  It is power assisted so you work with the machine not against it.  It is the perfect choice for anyone coming back to exercise after periods of rest or inactivity, the elderly or people that are less mobile.  The new equipment has all the benefits of traditional gym equipment losing those extra inches on your waist and improving circulation and flexibility.”

Nick Billing, a 70 year old retired ambulance driver from Rhiwbeina said:

“The new equipment is a lot more straightforward than traditional gym equipment and is perfect for working on your joints and abdomen.  I am gaining a lot from it after heart surgery and an operation for a new knee.  The instructor shows you which buttons to press so you know how to control the machines.”

The event takes place on Tuesday 29th May 6.30pm – 8.00pm at Llanishen Leisure Centre, Ty Glas Avenue, CF14 5EB

The talk will be led by Rachel Young, Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy, Sheffield Hallam University. Rachel will be discussing findings from a recent study which explored the use of power assisted exercise for people with long term neurological conditions.

Anyone interested in attending the event or trying out the new Beginners Gym can contact Llanishen Leisure Centre on 02920 762411 or by email [email protected].