Fit for Life

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Fit for Life

Fit for Life

Susan Powell By Susan Powell

Physical activity plans designed for community groups (primarily women) with community groups to meet cultural preferences and special needs adaptations

High Wych Idea stage

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This is a project that is fitness improvement focused - with activities designed with community groups ensuring cultural preferences, ownership and inclusion. It comprises workshops, discussion groups and activity. Elements include Happy Practice. Meditation Voice breathing, stretch, cardio and resistance as relevant to group needs. These elements will be experienced in a classroom setting and via outdoor 'green time' activities. Participants will have a fitness screening prior to engagement and adaptation needs identified. G.P. endorsement secured as required. Activities will include body mindful teaching participants to understand how they move and how it impacts on their daily living Activities will be targeted at those currently 'unconditioned' supporting their daily mobility and preparing them for more in-depth independent exercise. Workshops will include diet & nutrition advise.

What we'll deliver:

  • Engage with unconditioned community members
  • Provide safe structured and culturally relevant physical movement classes
  • Improve mental health
  • Provide fit to participate assessments
  • Teach body mindful behaviour,
  • Teach effective breathing
  • Promote & practice endorphin production - happy classes
  • Provide social engagement
  • Improve health for daily living
  • Prepare for structured fitness improvement

Why it's a great idea:

This project will support currently unconditioned community members to healthier living via a safe framework that is designed with them, ensuring its relevance to need and cultural preferences. Classes & workshops provide easy access to movement, whilst promoting fitness & physical activity. Structured movement with embedded fitness Workshops and classes inform safe movement practice. Group participants are facilitated to create their preferred activities gain inclusion, develop team skills, and confidence improving physical & mental well-being. The project is delivered in a sharing positive framework. Cultivates enjoyment in movement and is delivered by a health & fitness professional with 23 years experience working in East London diverse Communities delivering social engagement projects.A full understanding of client needs will be met in and empathetic fun environment.

Steps to get it done:

  • Have physical movement activities service made known to and engaged with all Tower Hamlets Community Providers
  • Have 4 agencies on board with service provision within first month of project going live
  • Sign up 10 clients from each of 4 agencies on board with service within first month of provision

The overall aim of this project is to make movement fun and relevant to the participant, removing barriers and creating interest in maintaining and developing life long fitness. Once participants have safe movement practices they will be referred onto local leisure centres and gyms. Also those with a specific interest in becoming a fitness mentor for their group will be mentored onto level 3 health & fitness via secured funding ( learning loan etc) to provide ongoing affordable support to their organisation, Workshops can include ( as relevant to group) happy practice. Body mindful. Basic anatomy. What exercise does. Exercise and you. Voice Breath work, Nutrition, Mind time, safe stretching, increasing cardio, resistance training. Preferred movement practice. Dancercise. Singercise. Outdoor activities. Walking to increase fitness. Woodland leisure green walk. City green mind time, All provision provides fit to move assessment, full administration and progress reporting

Location High Wych

About the space

Tower Hamlets East London is the second most densely populated area in the UK. Culturally rich this diverse population has areas of multi deprivation. There is a clear correlation between deprivation and health inequalities resulting in low healthy life expectancy in the borough is below the national average


London Borough of Tower Hamlets

How will the money be spent?Total £

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This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Contingency for the project to protect against price fluctuation

Total £

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