OLDER members of the community are being urged to get active with the launch of over 65s keep fit class in Brierley Hill.

Figures from the Department of Health show that only 17 per cent of male and 13 per cent of female seniors are sufficiently active.

But local exercise instructor Tarn Felton is wanting to change that with the launch of her gentle keep fit classes which start from Monday (January 8) at the Oakfield Community Centre, in Brettell Lane.

The classes, which will be held every Monday from 10am to 11am, are designed to improve mobility, muscle strength, cardiovascular fitness and coordination and balance.

Tarn promises they will be fun, friendly and suitable for older people or people just starting exercise or recovering from an injury.

She said: “It seems that the older we get, the less active we are. But it is never too late.

“Being more active has many benefits – it improves physical and mental health, and enables people to stay connected to their family, friends and communities.

“As well as being more active in general, we know that maintaining and improving muscle strength and balance can help people in later life live independently and reduce the risk of falls.

“Physical activity can add not only years to your life, but life to your years.

“Come and join us, feel better about your health and fitness and make some new friends too.”

For more information about the classes call Tarn on 07540 805497.