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FREE outdoor exercise classes are being organised to help people stay fit safely.

Graham Barrie, of Tai Chi Scotland, has decided to set up sessions in Dumfries and Annan starting at the end of the month.

He said: “I have been thinking what I can do to help in the present crisis. Just about the best thing folk can do in the present situation is Tai Chi – to strengthen the immune system, give exercise, stimulate the mind and give a sense of wellbeing in these troubling times.

“According to China Daily, in Wuhan, the authorities are even teaching folk with the virus Tai Chi to aid their recovery.”

Most of the current indoor classes taking place in Dumfriesshire have been closed down following the government’s social distancing advice, but Graham says they’re keen to carry on in some form. And he will launch weekly sessions in the Dock Park at Dumfries on Monday March 30 at 10.30 am, followed by Annan Everholm play park at 11.30 am on Tuesday March 31, and weekly thereafter. They will be open to everyone, not just current Tai Chi students. In addition, he will consider additional sessions in other locations if there is demand.

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