Hampshire Care Homes Take Part in Drum Fit Exercise

Four Cinnamon Luxury Care homes in Hampshire have joined together to launch the first ever UK Drum Fit classes in a care home environment.

With fully trained and qualified drum base exercise leaders at each home, residents from Netley Court in Southampton, Sunnybank House in Eastleigh, Wellington Vale in Waterlooville and Mornington Court in New Milton took part in the pioneering programme designed to help improve the mental and physical health of their residents.

Watch the Wellington Vale Drum Fit Class in action!

These new classes are seated, drum based exercises – a great way to get less active people moving. With lively sing-a-long music and drumming routines that stimulate movement, this physical activity programme also engages participants mentally.

Geoff Pride, Activities Support Consultant, Cinnamon Care Collection, said, “This workout class encourages participants to release the popstar within! With exercises designed to improve coordination, mobility, strength, balance and more, residents of all ages and fitness levels benefit from a body workout that also promotes health benefits for the mind.”

Joan Runacres, age 98, took part in a class at Netley Court in Southampton. She said, “I can’t believe how much fun that was, and the best thing is that my shoulders feel great today after the class.  I can’t wait for the next one!”

Rae Peacock, age 85, who took part in a Drum Fit class at Sunnybank House in Eastleigh, said, “I enjoyed the music and exercise but my favourite part was having fun with other people!”

The training programme provided by LifeDock, evidenced the benefits of drumming including: stress relief, increased circulation, improved cognitive function, decreased pain levels and increased energy.

Research has found that drumming stimulates the prefrontal cortex and improves cognition in older adults, with both exercise and drumming providing benefits for the ageing mind.

Cinnamon Care Collection, which owns and operates 20 care homes in England, has been recognised by Carehome.co.uk  – the UK’s leading care home reviews website – as a Top 20 Large Care Home Group. Our luxury care homes provide exceptional residential, dementia and respite care.