Young people living at the Foyer in Market Rasen spent time learning about fitness, health and well-being thanks to Responsive Fitness of South Cockerington in Louth.
Exercise, good food and personal development are just some of the keys to a happier and healthier lifestyle. All these attributes make a real difference to the lives of young people, especially
those living in Axiom Housing Associations supported Foyers.
Thanks to the dedication and hard work of Hannah Taylor-Dales, Project Worker at Market Rasen Foyer, the residents now feel fitter, happier and healthier.
Hannah approached Responsive Fitness to run a series of workshops on healthier living, thanks to a generous donation from the Lincolnshire based Local Network Fund for children and young people.
The programme of six weekly workshops covered a range of inter-connected subjects related to health, exercise and nutrition and was designed to promote greater self-image and self-reliance.
The sessions also included team-building tasks and active problem-solving activities designed to foster leadership, inter-personal skills and confidence.
The Foyer at Market Rasen provides accommodation and personal development opportunities for young people. The residents, whos ages range from 16 to 30, live side by side in an environment supported
by dedicated staff and use their time at the Foyer as a stepping stone to independence.
The residents began by learning about the illnesses linked to inactivity and the importance of regular exercise and good nutrition. Each resident had the opportunity at the beginning to talk about
their goals, feelings and aspirations; this broke the ice and allowed Mark and Amanda, Responsive Fitness, to give individual tailored support.
Residents took the opportunity of having their health and fitness assessed by means of resting heart rate, blood pressure and lung function. This helped them to understand the areas of fitness in
which they could improve and also ensured that each person was fit enough to use the Foyer gymnasium.
The Foyer gym, which was re-fitted thanks to generous donations orchestrated by Hannah Taylor-Dales, is now in regular use as residents learned the importance of warming up and can now structure
their exercise programmes to suit their individual needs.
Mid-way through the course Amanda and Mark took the residents on a mile long run around the local area; this proved to be very popular and even the most exercise shy displayed determination and
enthusiasm by putting their running shoes on!
Lindsey Moulds, Project Manager, said “I am really pleased with the response from residents to this type of workshop. Hannah has done an excellent job in organising and pulling together the whole
programme. Without the support of Local Network Fund this would not have been possible. I would like to thank them sincerely for their time as well as Mark and Amanda for theirs”.
“The final session was a group competition, this was really fun, with residents learning about different types of food such as low-GI as well as understanding about the proportion of vegetables and
proteins in their diet for healthy living”.
Here are just a few of the quotes from the residents:
“I learned how important it is to exercise and felt how good it feels after exercising”.
“I feel confident about exercising now”.
“I learned new ideas to make fitness fun”.
“I am now better able to look after my health and fitness because I understand diet better”.
If you would like to learn more about Responsive Fitness please contact them on 07834 173976 or Hannah Taylor-Dales on 01673 842700.