TV’s Mr Motivator AKA Derrick Evans warmed up the crowds geared up to greet a biking group who had simply finished their half of a 1,000-mile charity mission.
Residents of Gifford Lea retirement village at Tattenhall and nearby school children welcomed the 12-sturdy organization from Inspired Villages, who run the improvement, on the completing line.
Riders – comprising colleagues, residents and buddies of the company – prompt from Exeter and known as at Inspired sites on their 500-mile adventure across the country.
Meanwhile, other citizens and colleagues covered another 500 miles on static motorcycles installation at each retirement village in addition to on foot, in wheelchairs or even on a horse!
On the final day at Gifford Lea, TV fitness instructor Mr Motivator, now aged 66, encouraged everyone to keep fit as he led the way with lots of fun exercises.
Staying active in later life is proven to have a multitude of health benefits.
A recent study by Aging Cell found physical activity has a positive influence on the immunity of adults, while also observing that 75-year-olds who maintain a high level of physical activity – such as cycling – have the same level of health as inactive 55-year-olds.
Inspired Villages, which is backed by Legal & General, set an ambitious target of raising in excess of £20,000 over the five days through participation and fundraising at each of the villages, as well as its Just Giving page.
In addition to many residents opting to raise money for good causes close to their hearts, the later living provider partnered with mental health charity MIND, who champion a wellness strategy for a healthy mind and body.
At Gifford Lea, residents will soon be able to enjoy an on-site clubhouse and wellness spa, scheduled to open this summer. The facilities will include a swimming pool, sauna, steam room, treatment suite and relaxation spaces. Also opening soon will be a brasserie, garden room, library and beauty salon.
Jessica Bennett, manager of Gifford Lea, said: “We are committed to improving the physical, social and mental wellbeing of our residents. The 1,000 Mile Challenge is a fantastic way to get our residents moving and socialising and it’s wonderful to see everyone getting involved.”If you are looking forward to overall wellness, then you have got to know that fitness is the essence of it. Unlike the popular perception, achieving fitness is not that difficult. You can’t judge the fitness of a person by just looking at that person. Experiences have taught me that the fittest looking person might not be the one who impresses you with his or her fitness levels. So, it’s pointless to have unrealistic views about fitness. As far as fitness is concerned, the health of your heart is extremely important. Probably, you lack a typically “fit” looking body. But that doesn’t mean that you are not fit. You can be fit irrespective of the way your body looks. Cardio fitness is the real measure for fitness. If you are really serious about fitness, then you have to channel your energies to improve the health of your heart. When your heart is healthy, other aspects like increased lung capacity, strong bones, strong muscles, weight loss etc. will follow.