A wellbeing and fitness legend who sprung onto our television screens in the 1990s boosted spirits in more than 70 care homes across Essex by streaming a live fitness session.

Mr Motivator, who rose to fame by performing on UK breakfast television show GMTV, was beamed into care homes for an uplifting event.

Close to 80 residents at the Southend-based Fernbrook House and Boscombe Lodge, as well Leigh’s Legra Residential Care Home, tuned in and were put to the test by the television star.

The move came following the launch of Mr Motivator’s new online club, the Motivation Club, which has been specially designed for elderly fitness fanatics.

The Motivation Club extends his trademark motivation beyond the physical aspects and includes expert advice on sensible eating, mental fitness and provides a community to help battle loneliness, especially in older people, in these unprecedented times.

The club is a place for all ages and fitness levels, but Mr Motivator, 68, wants to help improve the quality of life for older people and was pleased to perform for hundreds of care home residents.

He said: “There isn’t anything available for the over-65s or people starting out their fitness journey who do not want to go to a gym or spend 30 minutes doing press-ups and burpees.

“The club makes mental and physical exercise fun and accessible to everyone from three to 93 with my six-minute modules.

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“Your wellbeing is a way of life. The most important thing you can have is an independent, healthier you.

“You must not underestimate the impact that exercise can have on your mental and physical wellbeing.

“There is a curative power to exercise and those who are at least active stand to benefit the most from their health and happiness.”

Mr Motivator, whose real name is Derrick Evans, saw his session streamed directly into the communal rooms of care homes via Zoom.

It took place as a pilot event following the launch of the Motivation Club but the Essex FaNs Network, who helped to arrange the event, hope more sessions will follow.

Tony Lee, community networks lead for the Essex FaNs Network, said: “We’re looking to extend even further with the number of care homes contributing.”