Falkirk pensioners are still game to keep fit

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At the age of 74, Chris Watt has taken up a new hobby - helping other residents of the retirement development where she lives keep fit.

Every Tuesday, around 12 people attend Chris’s gentle exercise classes at Springbank Gardens Private Retirement Housing Development in Falkirk, with the oldest participant turning 90 this year.

Chris Watt, pictured front, is leading excersise classes at Springbank Gardens Retirement Development

Chris Watt, pictured front, is leading excersise classes at Springbank Gardens Retirement Development

Chris took over running the class after the volunteer teacher stepped down just a few weeks after starting the keep fit group last summer.

Chris, who moved in to the Bield development from Edinburgh last year, said: “The residents were really enjoying the classes so didn’t want them to stop. Even though I have no experience teaching or even doing exercise, I decided to give it a go.

“I’m not a sporty type at all, living on the top floor of a tenement flat for 50 years was my only exercise, but I’m enjoying leading the class.”

The gentle movements are carried out on a chair or standing and are suitable for people with limited mobility. Moves include stretching and marching on the spot and the work out is done to music from the 1960s.

Bea Gibson attends every week, she said: “The classes are a good excuse to get out of your flat and socialise and they definitely get your heart rate up too.

“Most of us do the exercises every day and some people have noticed their mobility has improved.”

As a result of founding the classes, residents have started other regular activities, including a weekly games night and monthly singalong.