Get fitter with online help from NHS and Facebook Live

The healthy lifestyles team's Fabook Live sessions

The healthy lifestyles team's Fabook Live sessions - Credit: Archant

Torbay residents have been given the opportunity to get fitter with online help from Facebook Live and the NHS.

Chair-based exercise

Chair-based exercise - Credit: Archant

Torbay's healthy lifestyles team is offering to go online to help improve people's health and fitness all from the comfort of their own home.

Free Facebook Live physical activity sessions started on Monday, July 6, with the guidance of professionals from Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust.

Everyone is welcome to join in a variety of sessions such as pilates, chair-based exercise, aerobics, circuits and 'Mindful Movement'.

These sessions are aimed at people with any level of fitness but the team particularly want to help those restricted to their own home by the pandemic and to replace our usual face-to-face fitness sessions which are postponed by social distancing restrictions.

Standing to do some exercise

Standing to do some exercise - Credit: Archant

Elaine Mason, physical activity specialist with the NHS trust, said: 'Facebook Live will give us an opportunity to support people in their own homes.

'We are particularly wanting to help those who might be shielding at home due to Covid-19, recovering from illness or who are living with a long-term health condition, or they might be new to exercise and want some help to increase their activity levels.

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'Physical activity can help to improve physical and mental health, wellbeing and quality of life for everyone, but sometimes it can be hard to find the right types of activities to suit individual's needs.'

Anyone can join in with the sessions and each one will provide a description to help people decide if it is suitable for them.

If people want to just watch first to see what it is all about, then that is fine – but Elaine and her team hope they will join in too.

Participants are encouraged to send online comments and questions about staying active during these challenging times to the team.

The beauty of Facebook live is that people can join from wherever they like and no-one else taking part needs to see you exercise.

There is a wide variety of session types and everyone has the choice to join the live sessions or later recorded sessions.

To take part, follow the Torbay Healthy Lifestyles FaceBook page.