In its seventh year of operating, the Live Stronger For Longer programme shows that staying active doesn’t have to be challenging, even if you’re spending most of your time at home. The basis of the ACC programme is to prevent falls and help people find accessible ways to increase their strength and balance.
According to ACC data, there are 1,115 community strength and balance classes being run across the country – and counting.
“We know that when people have good leg and core strength, they are likely to have good balance. And this helps reduce our risk of falling,” says Lily. Regular movement (defined as two hours a week over two sessions) can dramatically decrease someone’s chance of a fall, according to ACC research.
Lily completed a Bachelors in Physical Education and her Masters’ in Applied Science – Exercise and Health focused on falls prevention and the positive impact of exercise on our balance. “If we know that exercise can keep our bones strong, give us more energy, help us get better sleep and help control our blood pressure and weight, then it’s got to be a good thing,” says Lily. “The Live Stronger For Longer classes are a great way to meet other people within your community, as well as keeping active. It can be daunting finding classes on your own, but there is something for everyone, and they really do make a difference.”