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Heavy breathers meet at village hall

heavy breathers: doing their exercises are (from left) timekeeper Pat Kane and COPD patients Peter Guttesen, Denis Kane, treasurer Frank Schlie, Bernard Tooke and Denis Fitch.
Photo: SG071112-115NG

heavy breathers: doing their exercises are (from left) timekeeper Pat Kane and COPD patients Peter Guttesen, Denis Kane, treasurer Frank Schlie, Bernard Tooke and Denis Fitch. Photo: SG071112-115NG

They call themselves The Heavy Breathers Club and they meet every week at Holbeach St Johns Village Hall for some light exercise.

The group are more properly known as COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) patients, and they meet each Wednesday (between 11.30 and whenever they finish, but usually about 1.30pm).

The group does circuit training, carrying out different exercises such as lifting weights, sweeping a broom and lifting tubes over their heads.

They are exercises taught as rehabilitation by community support group Inspire in Long Sutton. After attendinga course of lessons to learn what they could do, The Heavy Breathers decided to keep up the group exercise by hiring a village hall, something they hadve done for five years.

The current Heavy Breathers come from all across the district, such as Sutton Bridge, Spalding and Whaplode, but would welcome any new members with breathing problems who have first undertaken a similar rehabilitation course.

They have seen the benefits for themselves as one member Denis Kane, says he could walk just 50 yards at one time and now he can manage half a mile.

To find out if the group is right for you, contact Pat on 01406 365880.

 

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