Exercise class leader Margaret Hilton (middle) and some of Buena Vida's groovers

Nottingham’s golden oldies are dancing their way to a new lease of life after the launch of more exercises classes aimed at the older generation.

Buena Vida Health and Fitness are just one of the many companies encouraging the elderly to get up out of their armchairs, and into exercise classes.

The company was founded in August 2011 and puts on various types of activities for older people, including Zumba, Zumba Gold, and Zumba Gold Chair Based for those in attendance who are less physically able.

According to a survey from orthopaedic support company Neo-G, people over fifty that are in fact, exercising more than their young counterparts.

The statistics have revealed that elderly people are exercising on average, 26 minutes more every day, than people under 50.

The survey also shows two thirds of the older age group gave walking as their favourite method of exercise, while one in seven named sex – twice as many as those who selected yoga.

“I ENJOY SEEING THE ENJOYMENT THEY GET, AND I JOIN IN. IT’S JUST GREAT FUN AND I LOVE IT!”

MARGARET HILTON, BUENA VIDA

Margaret Hilton is responsible for Buena Vida Health and Fitness‘ classes in Nottingham, and says she has found her time leading the exercise sessions very rewarding.

She said, “I absolutely love it (running the classes). The feedback I get from people who come (is brilliant) – they come and say they’re better off physically, it cheers them up, it’s a fun class.

“I like to help people have a good time, as well as exercising. The whole point of this class is you exercise without realising you are. I enjoy seeing the enjoyment they get, and I join in. It’s just great fun and I love it!”