Thursday 11 June 2020

David Lloyd Clubs partnership with Stroke Association will help stroke survivors keep moving

David Lloyd Clubs is working with the Stroke Association and sharing a range of exercise videos to help people rebuild their lives after stroke.
There are more than 1.2 million stroke survivors in the UK. Being active is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your health, especially after a stroke.
The Stroke Association, the UK’s leading charity dedicated to stroke, will be  signposting stroke survivors to the David Lloyd Clubs’ videos online in a new partnership launched today (Thursday 11 June) as part of their shared vision to help people get more active. 
The stretch and mobility exercises with David Lloyd Clubs’ fitness instructors will be useful for stroke survivors who have recovered well and are presently isolating at home. There are also videos aimed at carers.
Mia Manson-Bishop, member experience director at David Lloyd Clubs said: “After a stroke, moving more can really help your wellbeing and mood, as well as reduce your risk of another stroke.
“We’ve put together a selection of videos which are aimed at those who have o physically recovered well after a stroke, and want to stretch themselves a bit more. If you’re a carer, taking some time out for gentle stretching and mobility exercises can help you too.
“These videos don’t replace rehabilitation with a qualified therapist and may be suitable for you if you feel ready to get back into a group exercise activity. But before you do, please get individual advice from your therapist or doctor to make sure that you know what movements are suitable for you before starting.”
Stroke survivor Donna Cooke, 51, from Milnrow, Lancashire, says exercise has played a vital part in rebuilding her life and believes the David Lloyd videos will be really helpful for others like her.
“The David Lloyd videos are fabulous and I especially like the idea of using household items like a tins of beans to help exercise,” said Donna.
“I love the idea of using a towel. When your shoulder and arm is heavy because of the effect of the stroke it’s really good to hold on to it. The instructor is really encouraging and explains what you need to do in simple terms you can understand.”
Juliet Bouverie, Chief Executive at the Stroke Association said: “We’re delighted that David Lloyd Clubs has given stroke survivors the opportunity to benefit from these excellent videos to help improve physical activity and support them to go further in rebuilding their lives after stroke. 
“Moving more can improve your mental health and also reduce your risk of another stroke in a number of ways, including lowering your blood pressure, reducing cholesterol, and slowing the clogging-up of your arteries.  This is a welcome initiative to help improve stroke prevention and recovery, and we are delighted that David Lloyd Clubs is partnering with the Stroke Association.” 
To watch the videos visit
For seated exercise and specialist stroke information visit the Stroke Association website. 

Photo captions: 
Health benefits: Low intensity chair-based conditioning is perfect for older adults
High praise: Donna Cooke said the videos were fabulous for stroke survivors like her

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For more information, please contact Martin Oxley at the Stroke Association on 0207 940 1358 or email [email protected]

About David Lloyd Leisure Group:

The David Lloyd Leisure Group has 123 clubs - 100 clubs in the UK and a further 23 clubs across Europe, comprising its two brands David Lloyd Clubs and Harbour Clubs (of which there are three - Chelsea, Notting Hill and Kensington). In January 2020, it exchanged contracts on eight clubs from the Meridian Group in Germany. In March 2020 it announced it had exchanged contracts to acquire Geneva Country Club, its second club in the Geneva region.
It has over 660,000 members and employs around 8600 people. This includes an expert health and fitness team of over 2000 while it contracts the services of more than 680 tennis professionals.

David Lloyd Leisure’s racquets facilities are unparalleled with over 1080 tennis courts as well as over 400 badminton and squash courts. Additional facilities include health and beauty spas, club lounges with free internet access, crèches, nurseries and specialist sports shops. 

About the Stroke Association
Stroke strikes every five minutes in the UK and it changes lives in an instant. 
The Stroke Association is a charity working across the UK to support people to rebuild their lives after stroke. We believe that everyone deserves to live the best life they can after stroke. From local support services and groups, to online information and support, anyone affected by stroke can visit or call our dedicated Stroke Helpline on 0303 3033 100 to find out about support available locally.
Our specialist support, research and campaigning are only possible with the courage and determination of the stroke community and the generosity of our supporters. With more donations and support, we can help rebuild even more lives.
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