image-0021Invite to get fit with pilates…

RESIDENTS in South Tyneside with a New Year fitness bug are being invited to join in with a more gentle way to exercise.

This weekend, Jakki Green, who runs Purely Pilates in Front Street, Cleadon, is holding an introductory workshop for people.

The 42-year-old believes pilates is the perfect way to shed any extra Christmas pounds and keep fit – for people of any age or fitness.

The session, which will be held on Sunday at 10am, will be a full introduction to pilates, which has celebrity fans like David Beckham, Myley Cyrus and Kate Winslet.

Ms Green said: “This is the time of year when people are most motivated to get themselves fit.

“But for some, going to a gym can be off-putting and aerobics classes can become repetitive and ultimately boring.

“There are lots of reasons why pilates is a great alternative to other forms of exercise, but I think the main one is that it is for everyone.

“I have young people in my classes and people in their 70s at all different levels of fitness.

“The way pilates works is that we start off very slowly and gradually build up so it gets harder and more challenging as you go along.

“The other thing is that it helps with people’s posture and joints.

“All the work in pilates comes from the body’s core, which gets stronger as you go along – that helps with muscles, joint pain and flexibility.”

Anyone interested in joining the workshop in Sunday must contact Ms Green to book as places are limited.

For information, call 07778 315787 or