Fitness routine is good for lung health

IT was an evening of keep-fit and beauty therapy at the March meeting of Breathe Easy Causeway at Coleraine Rugby Club.

Most importantly, it was an enjoyable blend of listening to expert advice and participating in an organised fitness regime.

Early advice was given by Barbara Blair, a registered Podiatrist, spoke about the need to take proper care of the feet, while Carolyn Blair, Beauty Therapist demonstrated the art of facial make-up.

Then it was down to a session of keep-fit exercises led by Fitness Specialist, Jemma McLaughlin, Co-Ordinator at “Route 2 Fitness.”

This was followed by a question-and-answer session with young Ballymoney sporting brothers, Howard and Chris Beverland, both of whom emphasised the importance of strategic training to achieve sporting success.

Howard is a talented young footballer with Coleraine Football Club, while Chris is a top player with Ballymoney Rugby Club.

Marie Hegarty, Breathe Easy Causeway Chairperson, said: ”This illustrates the breadth of activity at our monthly get-togethers. We are about more than listening to detailed medical advice on respiratory illness. We aim to encourage healthy and active lifestyles. We all can be more positive, even if many of us are battling severe breathing problems. It is all a matter of doing what we can, under expert guidance.

Meanwhile, detailed planning is under way for the Breathe Easy Big Breakfast to be held at the Bayview Hotel, Portballintrae, on Saturday, 23 March.

Marie said: “This is the springboard to help spread our message of “Good Lung Health” to the more isolated rural areas. We are hoping for a big response. It should be an enjoyable get-together for everyone.”

There will be two sittings of the Big Breakfast, one at 7.30 am and the second starting at 9.00 am. If you would like to reserve a place at this event please contact Margaret Henry, Breathe Easy member on 07736 943815 or alternatively you may e mail Marie Henry, Chairperson marie.hegarty@btinternet.com