Exercise your way to better health

Are you unwell or suffering from chronic health issues and looking for the right type of exercise to get you stronger and energised? Whether you would like to improve your balance, be more confident on your feet or start being more active during or after cancer treatment, there are low-cost courses run by health professionals available near you to suit your needs and abilities. Available exercise sessions are as follows:

Falls prevention, strength and balance – ‘Otago’ classes

This course uses techniques specifically developed to improve balance, confidence and strength to reduce the likelihood of having a fall. There are some seated and standing exercises. For those worried about their balance or the ability to stand, even the standing exercises take place around a chair that participants can hold for support. £4 per session, including a tea or coffee and a cake at the end of the class; giving you the opportunity to get to know the other participants.
Dates and venues:

  • Weybridge Centre for the Community – Tuesdays at 1pm

  • Thames Ditton Centre for the Community – Thursdays at 1pm

Sign up now for the next course starting next week.

Chair yoga

If you don’t feel the Falls Prevention class is for you but you still need a bit of support, chair-yoga might be what you are looking for. The chair replaces the yoga mat and becomes an extension of your body allowing you to take advantage of yoga’s fitness and health potential. The chair-yoga sessions are for mixed abilities. Cost: £5.
Dates and venues:

  • Weybridge Centre for the Community - Tuesdays at 9am

  • Thames Ditton Centre for the Community - Thursdays at 5pm

  • Xcel Leisure Complex in Walton - Fridays at 5.30pm

Cancer rehab classes

These classes are open to anyone who is pre- treatment, undergoing treatment or post treatment for cancer. They are held in a friendly, non-intimidating environment and at no point will you be asked to talk about your experiences. Class attendees have reported that they felt physically and mentally improved after just one visit. Cost: £5 per class.
Date and venue:

  • St Peter’s Church in Hersham - Wednesdays, 8.50am to 9.50am.

The exercise classes above are part of the Elmbridge Exercise Referral scheme, which works with local GP surgeries to encourage residents with health concerns to become more active. It is there to help patients to make physical activity a regular part of their life. Hundreds of people across the borough who are at risk of chronic illnesses have already benefited from this scheme. It has improved their physical and mental health by increasing their level of activity.

Councillor Janet Turner, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said, “Most people know that being active is good for your health, but knowing what activities to do can be very daunting if you have a medical condition. I encourage anyone who thinks that they would benefit from the scheme to get in touch with our Health Development Officer who can offer advice and guidance in complete confidence. The referral scheme is rewarding and is making profound changes to the lives of residents who have joined.”

For further information on the GP Referral Scheme and the exercise sessions available, please email health@elmbridge.gov.uk or call the Health Development Officer on 01372 474 574.

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