Hi again, updated 12/08/20
By now you should have had an email from the committee regarding the current situation about restarting classes.
If by some chance you have not received yours yet I have put a copy below.
Dear Hale & Hearties Member
Today (Wednesday 12th) would have seen us heading to Redditch for the annual Hale & Hearties Quiz night. So much seems to have happened since we were last together at the Annual Meal in February. Little did we know then what was to come.
We have been asked when the Hale & Hearties classes are restarting and, sadly, the answer is “not for a while yet”.
One of our considerations was advice from the British Heart Foundation since they provide our public liability insurance. Their guidance states: “If you are living with a heart or circulatory condition, your risk of catching corona-virus is no higher than anyone else. However, the risks of developing complications from the virus, if infected, are greater. It is therefore particularly important you reduce your chance of catching the virus by following the information provided by the UK government and NHS.” The situation as to whether classes are advisable varies throughout the Country and so BHF are not giving specific advice about restarting classes. Whilst they have not said that we can’t restart classes they are recommending limiting your interactions with those you don’t live with.
We have also spoken to the Cardiac Rehab Team. One of the things we learnt from them is that masks/face coverings are not recommended when exercising. To help stop the spread of COVID-19 people are spaced 4 meters apart (13 feet in old money). That would severely limit the number of people that could use our venues.
We also have to follow the guidance of the venues we use. Some of our venues are not yet open and/or haven’t produced their guidance. One venue thinks it will be at least September/October before they are ready and it could even be the end of the year.
If the current situation remains as it is, when classes do restart we envisage that they will be different (less equipment). One suggestion is something on the lines of 40/45 minutes with warm-up type exercises and some band/weights work (no moving off your spot). What we are not sure about is how many H&H members would return. To that end we have put together a small survey (only 3 questions) and would ask as many of you as possible to complete it.
We’ve used SurveyMonkey software and the link to the survey is:
If you have any comments or suggestions then please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We love to hear from you and know that you are all well. We know that our fabulous Instructors are as keen to see you all as we are.
The H&H Committee
Its been a little while now since we've been able to exercise as a group, I'm assuming you're all doing daily exercise anyway? I'm doing a daily walk, 1-2 miles depending on how I feel, now and again I'm doing a bit of 'Tai Chi' and I'm doing a bit of exercise with the bands I have. Motivation is a big problem when you're exercising on your own but i think it's worth the effort.
We don't have any news yet as to when we will be able to restart classes. Most of us are in the vulnerable group so of course we have to be extra careful about contact outside of our bubbles.
With all the huffing and puffing we do as we exercise, ok so only some of us do that, we especially need to keep to the 2m apart rule. Of course we are all using equipment one after the other so cleaning it after each person will be paramount (as well at the start and end of each session). Even if you're wearing gloves this has to be done.
So as you can see we will be facing quite a few obstacles even when permission to start again is given,
I'm really looking forward to seeing you all again in, hopefully, the near future.
Stay safe and do a bit of exercise if possible.
An exercise video to try at home, this one from Helen.
When you click on the link you see a dark band across the bottom of the screen. Click on the little X at the top right of the blue band to remove it and then click on the play icon in the middle of the video. Do the same for the video 'message from our Trainers'
and a message from our Trainers
The video link, below is much like our warm up exercises we do at class.
Please click on the link below.
This is the 'Elvis' cool down routine from Vicci
Please keep safe when exercising at home.
It is with the most profound regret and sadness that we must announce the death of
Bob Bradley, the Treasurer of the Group.
Bob died in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, on Saturday last, the 4th April 2020.
He was suffering from the Covid 19 virus which is presently sweeping the country and, indeed, the world.
Bob was a longstanding member of the Group and the longest-serving Committee member.
He became Treasurer of the Group in early 2003 and held that position until his death.
The word 'stalwart' is often over-used, but not in the case of Bob.
He was truly a stalwart of the Group and worked tirelessly to look after the interests of the Group.
He was totally and utterly reliable and always promoted the interests of the Group
in his quiet, gentle, yet persuasive manner.
Gentleness was the distinguishing feature of Bob. He was a gentle giant; a gentle man
and a gentleman.
He will be sorely missed; his passing leaves us with a hole we can never fill
and a debt of gratitude we can never repay.
Our deepest condolences go to Bob's wife, Carol, and their son, Nick,
at this most difficult time.