Put some Oomph into life.
Sometimes I come across things I just LOVE and this is one of them !
Oomph is a fun way of exercising for the elderly created by Ben Allen on his return to the UK after working in Spain and Australia as a senior lecturer at the European Institute of Fitness and the Australian Institute of Fitness, specialising in exercise for older adults.
He realised that many care home residents were in dire need of a stimulating and engaging form of exercise and entertainment and set to work with them to devise a programme which has now been introduced to over 600 care homes in the UK with fantastic results. Residents are happier, fitter and fall less.
Oomph! is dedicated to transforming the day-to-day health and quality of life of older people through group-based exercise classes – such as chair cheerleading and chair aerobics – that improve mobility, social interaction and mental stimulation. They already help many thousands of older people every month in care homes and across the community – and that number is growing rapidly.
Oomph!’s fun, inclusive and interactive exercise and dance classes make so many people happier and healthier their focus on familiar music, dance-led routines and props create a party atmosphere that means older people actively look forward to the classes.
Oomph stands for “Our Organisation Makes People Happy”. Who doesn’t want to make our elderly happy?
Here is a short video showing residents of a care home enjoying an Oomph session and some background details from the activities co-ordinator delivering it.
To find out more about Oomph who are looking for more people to join them as trainers please click here. This is a great form of entertaining exercise to introduce to Day Centres and clubs.