Nā Sharlene Maniapoto rāua ko Margy Crosby, Ngā Pūkenga Manaaki - Wairau
Wairau Te Piki Oranga’s Sit and Be Fit programme is flourishing with whānau – with a total of 125 participants of all ages taking part in the Tuesday morning sessions and around 30-50 participants in each class.
Initially started as a Maataa Waka project, Te Piki Oranga currently delivers the programme to promote the benefits of regular exercise and healthy eating in a tikanga Māori setting, enhancing the wider aspects of wellbeing.
Sit and Be Fit is also delivered on Wednesday mornings at Waikawa Marae for 32 participants and growing.
In each class, some people exercise standing up but most choose to stay sitting. The exercises incorporate several movements that utilise left/right hand brain, hand/eye co-ordination, rhythm, singing, arm/leg movements, hand weights, titi torea and a whole lot of singing and laughter!
Everyone undertakes a health assessment before the programme starts and participates in the 1 hour exercise session, moving to the rhythm of both waiata Māori and Tauiwi. The participants also sing enthusiastically during the exercises, which is of added benefit to their tinana, hinengaro and wairua.
But wait…..Shhhhhhh!!! Something is going on. There are about to be some changes! We are looking to re-launch this programme around Matariki with a new name, new look and new additions to the programme. It’s all under wraps for now but stay tuned!