Families get fit together at academy

MUMS and daughters have been moving to the beat Bollywood-style in a project designed to keep families fit and well.

The Jhoom dance session was one of a host of initiatives staged at Bede Academy in Blyth, as part of its annual healthy living week.

Mums joined their daughters in the academy’s fitness suite to warm up their muscles before taking part in Jhoom, a new fitness discipline led by dance school teacher Jane Nixon.

The Indian exercise programme uses the Bollywood beat in a series of exercises designed to tone the muscles and increase the heart rate.

Amanda Wilson and her Year 7 daughter Faith, 11, stayed after hours to take advantage of the session.

She said: “This is the first time I have been to one of these classes at the school and the facilities are amazing. I enjoy keeping fit and love Zumba so this has been a nice twist on that.”

Faith added: “I use the school gym every Tuesday but I have really enjoyed having my mum here with me.”

Boys and dads were just as active with more than 40 arriving to take part in a doubles badminton competition and fitness session.

Students also took part in para-Olympic sports such as in Boccia – wheelchair bowls – and blind football, as well as archery, judo and netball.

Other health activities spilled over into the classroom, all with the theme of keeping skin healthy. In engineering students looked at ways to protect the skin, and healthy food was made in food technology.