Residents from a Sanctuary Care home in Bridgwater have been cycling around the world on a new exercise bike.
The Rosary Nursing home has been trialling Motiview which sees residents use a specially adapted bike and visual technology to take them to their favourite destinations locally and around the globe.
Developed by Motitech, the innovative tool stimulates cycling trips with sound and over 1,700 videos across 38 countries.
The bike has been supplied to the home by the British Cycling Foundation and brings several key benefits to residents including improved mobility, strength, sleep, physical and mental wellbeing, and increased appetite.
In addition, using the bike offers opportunities for social connection as videos can be custom made to show local regions or areas which stimulate special memories for residents. Videos also have music playlists, so residents can listen to their favourite genre music as they cycle.
Natali Edwards, home manager at The Rosary, said: “We are committed to using the latest innovative technology to enrich our residents’ lives and this equipment allows them to take part safely in fun exercise which brings a range of health benefits as they virtually travel the world.”
Resident Tony Pryde, aged 85, commented: “I love the bike because it helps me exercise and make my legs stronger.”
While 87-year-old Margaret Edwards added: “I like the bike as it gets my arms and legs to move and I want to improve my walking.”