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Stay Strong, Stay Steady, Stay Independent

Date: 22 April 2022

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The ‘Stay Strong, Stay Steady, Stay Independent’ five-day public health campaign begins on Monday 25 April with free and affordable fitness events across the city for people aged over fifty.

Organised by Brighton & Hove City Council’s Public Health Team and partner organisations across the city, the campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of strength and balance exercises to support healthy ageing.

As we get older our muscle strength and balance decrease – starting from about the age of 30. Then from about age 55, we lose about 1% of our muscle mass every year which increases our risk of having a life-changing fall.

You can reduce this risk with just 10 to 20 minutes of strength and balance activity at least twice a week. Free or low-cost, drop-in or bookable taster activity sessions focusing on strength and balance will be held in-person and virtually across the city next week.

Try out dance, chair-based Pilates, walking, strength, balance, and flexibility exercises, Yoga, Boccia and Zumba and Swoove (dance aerobics).

Find out more and see the full programme of events.

Launch event – Monday 25 April

The week opens with a launch event on Monday 25 April at the King Alfred Leisure Centre between 10am and 1pm.

There will be information about active aging plus free mini consultations on strength and balance, provided by the Healthy Lifestyles Team and Freedom Leisure. There will also be a free Funkfit class at 12pm.

Year-round activities

There are lots of easy and affordable activities you can take part in across the city which are available throughout the year.

To book these activities, visit the Ageing Well website or contact the Brighton & Hove City Council’s Healthy Lifestyles Team at: healthylifestyles@brighton-hove.gov.uk.