A BURNHAM-on-Sea woman is launching a new fitness class in a bid to get more elderly people in the community up and active.

Anne Panesar worked as a counsellor in the NHS for a number of years but applied for a grant and decided to retrain as an instructor so she could deliver exercise classes to older people.

The classes, known as FABS (Flexibility, Aerobics, Balance and Strength), aim to help people aged over 60 to remain active for as long as possible. Anne said the sessions cover all aspects of health, flexibility, aerobics, balance and strength, and can be done seated, standing or supported.

"I’m thrilled to be part of the FABS family. I want to make a real difference to the community and to get this age group feeling great about themselves again," Anne said.

"There’s so many classes and clubs aimed at the under fifties and very little for baby boomers who still want to feel great but don't like going to the gym to keep fit.

"It’s a fantastic way to get together with other people in the area, keep fit and have fun whilst doing it.

"The exercises we do in the classes are easy to follow and fun. This isn’t about people dressing in Lycra ready to hit the gym or do a high intensity session, FABS is for people who want to live longer, happier, healthier lives.

"We ensure there's a warm welcome for everyone who attends and the first class in Berrow is free."

Anne will be hosting her first class at Berrow Village Hall on Monday, February 10 from 1.30pm to 2.30pm and entry costs £5. For further details call 07421762532, email: Anne.Panesar@moveitorloseit.co.uk or search for MIOLIAnnePanesar on Facebook.