Approach to fitness is holistic

Bicep curls, squats, step-ups and stretching were the order of the day at the third session of Maataa Waka circuit session on Thursday last week.

Twenty Blenheim people turned up for the free exercise session aimed at getting those who don't normally attend a gym or do similar exercise to get fitter and healthier. On arrival the participant's height, weight and blood pressure is recorded so they can track their progress.

"This is all about getting people to be pro-active about getting fitter and healthier," said Maataa Waka Ki Te Tau Ihu Trust physical activity and nutrition co-ordinator, Margy Crosby.

"We have already seen good results with some people losing weight in just a few weeks."

The trust funds the once-a-week sessions with some people picked up from their homes by a courtesy van.

"There is more to it than just the exercise, there is the social aspect too and mentally it is good for you to exercise. It's really a holistic approach," said Maataa Waka whanau ora kaimahi Farishta Peterson-Ihaka.

People are taught about healthy eating as well as given nutritious snacks and refreshment after the circuit sessions.

The sessions are aimed at older people but anyone is welcome with two 29-year-old woman taking part and enjoying the sessions, said Farishta.

Maataa Waka, in collaboration with Te Hauora O Ngati Rarua, has taken over the delivery of the kaumatua [older people] support service previously held by Te Rapuora.

The first kaumatua get-together will be held tomorrow at St Mary's Hall, Blenheim. This will be a chance for kaumatua to meet the staff and learn about the services.

Thereafter Maataa Waka plan to have regular kaumatua days, activities and outings such as a picnic at Pelorus Bridge in March.

To receive further information about this service contact Maataa Waka on 03 577 925.

The Marlborough Express