RETRO: Taking the right steps to help fight the flab

Executive stress fitness session - picture shows Joe Mappin and Deborah Lockwood - 25th January 1989
Executive stress fitness session - picture shows Joe Mappin and Deborah Lockwood - 25th January 1989
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Leotards at the ready, Tuesday Retro is today fighting the flab...

Blood pumping, body moving, limbs stretching - there’s almost nothing (apart from sitting on a sofa eating crisps, perhaps) beats donning some spandex and having a workout.

Keep Fit - Kay Hatchek - 4 December 1990

Keep Fit - Kay Hatchek - 4 December 1990

Today, we continue our A-Z series of hobbies loved in South Yorkshire with: K is for keep fit.

And there’s no doubt such classes have always been popular here with everyone from toddlers to octogenarians (and beyond) encouraged to get involved.

“Keep fit is a fun and enjoyable way to get fit and stay healthy,” says Pat Kirbyshaw, the 75-year-old secretary of the Keep Fit Association’s Sheffield branch.

“It keeps you active, can be done by all ages and all talents and is a lot more social than many ways of staying fit.

Pictured at the Ponds Forge Centre, Sheffield, where some of the over 50's are seen in the Exercise to Music Class - 7th February 1995

Pictured at the Ponds Forge Centre, Sheffield, where some of the over 50's are seen in the Exercise to Music Class - 7th February 1995

“People go to classes, make friends and then stay friends for life - even if they stop going to keep fit.

“And we do it to music too which is exhilarating and very enjoyable.”

More than 200 people across the city are members of the association but it’s thought this is just a fraction of the number of people who regularly attend classes. Sessions take place everywhere from Pond’s Forge to village community centres.

“I think it’s as popular now as it’s ever been,” says Pat who takes one weekly class and one fortnightly class. “The beauty of it is that the routines can be tailored to meet the needs of the class so there is always something to suit everyone.”

Keep Fit Class - 1982

Keep Fit Class - 1982