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Online classes will continue – many project participants appreciated the possibility of distance learning. Older townspeople began to study in the circles of “Moscow longevity” even in the country.

This week the project participants “Moscow longevity”returned to offline classes. In city parks and recreation areas, trainings in Nordic walking, gymnastics, tennis, dancing and yoga have again begun. In addition, they learn to sing, paint and even foreign languages ​​in the open air. How Muscovites of the older generation survived self-isolation and are returning to the old rhythm of life – read this article.

Self-isolation and online training

The Moscow Longevity project was one of the first in the capital to suspend work during a pandemic. Before the high alert mode, about 215 thousand Muscovites regularly attended classes (most of them in several areas of activity).

Online classes were launched quite quickly for older Muscovites. 1272 groups were opened in 20 directions, in which about 26 thousand people were engaged.

“We conducted a study, interviewed all our participants and dispelled the myth that pensioners do not use gadgets and modern means of communication. 70 percent of Moscow Longevity participants use the Internet several times a day. Not only to communicate, to comment on something on social networks, but also to order food, see changes in legislation or make an appointment with a doctor, ”said the Deputy Head of the Department of Labor and Social Protection of the Population

Vladimir Filippov

The most popular online classes are gymnastics, dance and foreign languages. Pilates was also popular, says teacher Natalya Putintseva. She started teaching on a volunteer basis even before the centralized start of the project. It was not easy to organize technically. To explain to the participants of the classes how to connect to the training, Natalya and her colleagues developed instructions, illustrating each step with a screenshot, and filmed several videos. When the Moscow Longevity project began to conduct online classes, the process became regulated for teachers. The administrator organizes a video conference that can be attended by specific instructors and participants. The broadcast lasts exactly 60 minutes.

“Sometimes I open my own side conference to get feedback from class participants. Someone has questions, someone wants to share their impressions, ”said Natalya Putintseva.

Also, the teacher noted a big difference between online and offline training. The live coach can approach the participants at any time and point out mistakes or help.

“Most importantly, I saw what people were doing. And during online training, I simultaneously show and say what you need to pay attention to. Since I am busy with this, I cannot see what the participants are doing. However, they are still content to be able to move around and attend classes that interest them. It’s just that it is more difficult for us, teachers, ”added Natalya Putintseva.

It was not easy for Tatyana Shakhnovskaya, the Nordic walking coach at the Moscow Longevity. During her self-isolation regime, she wrote a program for corrective eye gymnastics and adaptive tonic gymnastics.

“At first it was a little difficult to master Zoom and work without direct interaction with the audience. This is a different style of teaching the lesson, it was necessary to adapt to it. You need to imagine what the participants would answer to you. You cannot even see everyone on the screen, ”said Tatiana Shakhnovskaya.

Corrective gymnastics for the eyes is aimed at preserving vision. These activities have proven to be very popular. According to Tatiana Shakhnovskaya, up to a hundred people gathered for the lesson. Among them are residents of different districts and even those who left for summer cottages. The group did not shrink even when outdoor activities began.

By the way, Tatyana Shakhnovskaya also resumed Nordic walking training with the project participants.

“The number of people willing has increased, especially due to the fact that we have been doing tonic adaptive gymnastics. Many of the online groups became interested in Nordic walking because I actively advised them to do so. Walking is as accessible as possible and also has a positive effect on health, ”she added.

Busy class schedule

Project participant Saniya Aleeva appreciated the advantages of online training. Before self-isolation, she went to the choir, studied Chinese, did zumba, gymnastics, aero shaping and general physical training. Every day of the woman was literally scheduled by the minute. During the pandemic, Sania Aleeva continued her studies. According to her, there were no difficulties with the organization.

“At home I did gymnastics, general fitness, zumba and aero shaping. This is the program that helped me out. I have not lost my physical shape. I am also fond of embroidery, I have to sit in one place for a long time. And these classes saved me, ”she said.

Sania Aleeva also kept in touch with friends on the project. They called and corresponded, exchanged home photos.

Galina Puzakova, a resident of the Yakimanka district, also studied regularly at home. She said that she lives alone and no one distracted her from her studies.

“We had dances for three hours a day, twice a week. Two groups: one preparatory, the second for advanced. I worked in two groups because I had to move. When you are in self-isolation mode, you move a little. Two more times a week fitness for 40 minutes, also with its teacher. Zoom connects, and you can see everyone and look at your friends, “- shared the project participant.

In the classroom of the project, Galina Puzakova made friends with Albina Oleneva. Now, after the end of the self-isolation regime, they are waiting for the start of classes in order to go to training again together.

First steps

There were enough people who wanted to switch from online training to real ones. In the first days, 16.5 thousand Muscovites have already come to classes. For comparison: last year at this time 8.5 thousand people were engaged in parks.

“We urge everyone to sign up, feel free to come to the Moscow Longevity project. However, we ask you to keep the precautions. Each teacher is instructed on the need to maintain social distance and safety measures. Nevertheless, this is a big step for the project, because for several months the participants of Moscow Longevity could not communicate in person, “he said. Vladimir Filippov.

In the Bauman Garden, one of the first classes was yoga in the open air. Many more people came to work out than announced, said Sarah Gelman, a yoga and Pilates instructor.

“I was in touch with many of the participants during self-isolation, they said that they really miss the classes. Some, of course, did not have the opportunity to study. We begin to gradually enter the rhythm. Of course, four months is a big break, despite the fact that my group is very strong, ”she shared.

According to the instructor, the training technique is adapted for older Muscovites. They even come to training with a cane! Exercise is good for any age.

Elena Vereshchagina from Zamoskvorechye did yoga for about six months before self-isolation. When the classes were canceled, the woman continued training on her own.

“I am not very friendly with the laptop, so I did it myself. I remembered various exercises from the training sessions I attended. In the first lesson after self-isolation, the muscles recalled the exercises with pleasure. If you spent a lot of energy in the classroom, then the body thanks you – pleasant sensations arise. The Moscow Longevity project is wonderful. I used to think about what I would do in retirement. And now there is a large selection of clubs, there is not even enough time to go to everything, ”said Elena Vereshchagina.

The first online record of “Moscow Longevity” was setCircles and sections for the participants of the Moscow Longevity were opened in 29 parks

Online classes will continue, as many of the lessons cannot yet be taught offline due to the epidemiological situation. However, any remote meetings will not replace personal ones, say many participants in the Moscow Longevity project.

“It’s nice to meet and talk to people in person. Find out something, listen to the news. I am very pleased that this program exists. I go to vocal classes. I have always sung, but here they work with us professionally, we perform at large venues, “added Sania Aleeva.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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