Keeping healthy and active at Brighton

Walk into the onsite gym at Japara Brighton on any given morning, and you’re certain to see Bill.

81-year-old Brighton resident Bill (William) Morton has been inspiring residents and staff by working out in the onsite gym area every day since the space was created.

Using the support of a wheelchair hasn’t slowed him down from doing as much as he can in the gym, and staff and his physiotherapist admire his motivation and determination.

When speaking about what he likes about the gym, Bill says that the daily exercises helps keep him healthy and pain-free.

“The gym keeps me occupied – I spend 15 minutes on the arm pulls strengthening my shoulders and 15 minutes on the bike pedals,” he said.

“I used to get a lot of aches in my legs and they had to be rubbed down daily. Since doing my exercises in the gym for the last couple of months the aches have gone away and I haven’t had to have them rubbed at all.”

Brighton’s physiotherapist Edgar said there was a group of eight residents who regularly exercised under a physiotherapist’s supervision and guidance.

“Currently the aims of the exercises are to improve and maintain weight-bearing, balance and strength,” he said.

He said that regular exercise had a huge range of benefits, including helping with pain or injury management, reducing the risk of falls, positive impacts on mental health, and social interaction.

Bill with Japara Brighton’s physiotherapist Edgar.
Brighton resident Bill works out in the gym every day.

 

 

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