Centenarian Stan still likes to work out

Stan Partridge, Movement to Music Instructor, Amy Godsmark and fellow resident Gladys Halnon.
Stan Partridge, Movement to Music Instructor, Amy Godsmark and fellow resident Gladys Halnon.

A 100-year-old Trowell man has told of his secret to a long and healthy life - exercise.

Stan Partridge celebrated reaching a century in January and the fighting-fit pensioner is living proof that you’re never too old to stay active.

He has been attending the district council’s Movement to Music classes each week

He’s gone to the classes for the past three years, as a way of keeping fit and healthy and also to socialise with other residents, he said.

Movement to Music instructor Amy Godsmark said: “Stan is always enthusiastic and the sessions have really helped him stay fit and keep his independence.

“He’s a very popular resident and says how much he enjoys the social aspects of the classes as well. I enjoy teaching these classes because every day is different and the ladies and gents at class really enjoy taking part. I can notice a difference in their flexibility, balance and co-ordination too which is very rewarding. I love teaching this age group as they are always loyal, hard-working and a good giggle.”

Stan has two children, four grandchildren and four great grandchildren, and was thrown a very well-attended party at Trowell Parish Hall which his many friends and extended family attended.

A Second World War veteran, Stan lives at one of Broxtowe’s Retirement Living schemes at Church Close, enabling him to maintain his independence.

Movement to Music classes are suitable for older people or those with mobility problems.

The classes use a mixture of exercise techniques, seated and standing, stretching, core stability and Pilates, all to retro and modern music.

For more information about class times and locations, call 0115 917 3572 or visit www.broxtowe.gov.uk/ezexercise.

The £2 classes run in Toton, Trowell, Beeston and Bramcote from Monday to Thursday respectively.