A NEW project is set to open its doors next month and give the elderly the opportunity to stay fit with two exciting exercise classes.

The Halstead Community Shed project is opening at the former St John Ambulance Station, in Fenn Road.

The communal space will host senior fitness classes with 66-year-old exercise coach Fitness With Lorraine in the first week of March.

Residents over the age of 60 will engage in low impact exercises focusing on building total body strength and improving balance, stability and flexibility.

The first class will be a free trial.

The classes will be every Monday and Wednesday in March onwards from 10am till 12noon, with the first official session taking place on March 4.

A senior fitness Pilates and stretch class will be held on Fridays at 2pm, from March 8.

Kevin Pryke, of the Halstead Community Shed, said:  "The senior fit sessions for men and women are more than just an exercise class.

“We will aim to stay after each class and have a natter and a cup of tea or coffee - you can bring cakes and biscuits too if you want.

“They are exercise classes with a difference and are in line with our trust’s aim of reducing loneliness and isolation in our community.”

More information and tickets for the classes can be purchased here.