Exercise Classes for the Elderly in Berkshire

Exercise Classes for the Elderly in Berkshire

Regular exercise plays an important part in maintaining physical, mental and social well being in later life. For more information on the benefits please see our Age Space guide to keeping healthy in old age.

Exercise classes Berkshire

Across Berkshire, there is a huge variety of exercise groups specifically designed for the elderly. This means for every interest and ability level, there is sure to be something to suit your elderly relative.

Aside from improving physical health, exercise groups provide a great way to meet people and socialise. If you are worried your elderly relative is lonely, you may also be interested in befriending services in Berkshire.

Age UK Badminton in Reading

A friendly session to improve badminton skills taken by a qualified coach. All levels are welcome and equipment is provided. There is no need to book and a cost of £5 per session.

Where? Rivermead Leisure Centre, Richfield Avenue, Reading, RG1 8EQ
When? Tuesdays, 10am – 11am
Telephone: 0118 959 4242

Age Concern Movers & Shakers in East Berkshire and Slough

Age concern moves & shakers berkshire

Age Concern run ‘Movers & Shakers’ sessions designed to keep over 55’s fit and healthy. The sessions are led by qualified instructors and can be tailored to suit all ability levels. Each sessions costs £6 which includes a lunch and nutritious lunch.

Farnham Common Companion Centre

Where? Farnham Common Village Hall, Victoria Road, Farnham Common, SL2 3NL
When? Mondays, 10am – 1pm
Telephone: 01753 822890 (Beryl Fisher)
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Iver Companion Centre

Where? Evreham Sports Centre, Swallow Street, Iver, SL0 0HS
When? Fridays, 10am – 1pm
Telephone: 07742 090444 (Lorraine Hills)
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Stokes Poges Companion Centre

Where? Stoke Poges Village Centre, Rogers Lane, Stoke Poges, SL2 4LP
When? Tuesdays, 10am – 1pm
Telephone: 01753 822890 (Jane Brown)
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Ever Active Classes in Reading and West Berkshire

Reading and West Berkshire councils work together to provide Ever Active classes. Exercise sessions are low to moderate intensity and designed so people can take part at their own place. Sessions are delivered in a friendly and inclusive environment by a qualified instructor.

There is the opportunity to socialise with new friends before and after exercising. Equipment is provided. For further information on venues and timings, please contact Nick Rance using the details below.

Telephone: 07702892518
Email: nick.rance@getberkshireactive.org
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Move It or Lose It! Classes in Reading

Move It or Lose It Exercise Classes reading

Movie It or Lose It! are specialised exercise classes designed by experts to improve flexibility, aerobic health, balance and strength in older age. They are popular across the UK as have proved to result in weight loss. Classes can be carried out seated or standing, depending ability.

There are 3 Move It or Lose It! classes on offer in Reading. Each session cost £5 and are led by Dana Norgate.

Where? Warbreck Drive, Tilehurst, Reading, RG31 6FE
When? Wednesdays, 1.45pm – 2.45pm; Fridays, 9.30am – 10.30am & 11am – 12pm
Telephone: 07734581044
Email: dana.norgate@moveitorloseit.co.uk

Slough Seniors Exercise Classes

Slough Seniors aim to promote healthy living for local older people. Classes take place in a sociable environment, in turn reducing isolation. All classes are free for members. Address and contact details for all three classes can be found below.

Keep Fit

An active session of movements for anyone who wants to improve their balance and mobility.

When? Thursdays, 11am – 12pm

Relaxation Techniques

The class involves breathing exercises, gentle movements and meditation. Relaxation techniques are suitable for those looking for light exercise for their mind, body and soul.

When? Wednesdays, 11am – 12pm


The yoga class involves gentle movements, chair poses, meditation and breathing techniques. The class is suitable for anyone wishing to improve their general health and wellbeing.

When? Tuesdays, 11am – 12pm

Where? Brook House, 61 High Street, Chalvey, Slough, Berkshire, SL1 2TX
Telephone: 01753 537996
Email: sloughseniors@gmail.com
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SMILE Sessions in Windsor and Maidenhead

SMILE stands for So Much Improvement with a Little Exercise. The group’s main focus is to provide light aerobic exercise within a sociable environment for the elderly community of Windsor and Maidenhead.

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Sessions are delivered across local community centres and halls in the area. Everyone is made to feel welcome, particularly those who have recently had their life changed, e.g. losing a partner or having a stroke. Every week, there is a jam-packed schedule of exercise sessions, meaning there is something for everyone regardless of ability. Sessions are varied and include aerobics, bowls, circuits and short tennis.

Pricing depends on the location and length of session and vary from £2 to no more than £4.05. Tea, coffee and biscuits after a session are sometimes available for an extra 50p.

Address: Varied across Windsor and Maidenhead – see schedule
Telephone:  07876 586445 (Sarah Hill)
Email: sarah.hill@rbwm.gov.uk
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Age UK Tai-Chi Sessions in Berkshire

Tai-Chi originates from ancient China and is a popular form of exercise amongst older people around the world. It focuses on slow and gentle movement to improve balance and posture. Furthermore, it is renowned for its positive impact on mental well being and reducing stress.

Sessions are available at four locations in Berkshire. There is a costs of £5 per session and the first session free. Refreshments are included in the price. For more information contact Age UK Berkshire on 118 959 4242 or info@ageukberkshire.org.uk.


Where? Hall 1, Great Hollands Community Centre, The Square, Great Hollands, Bracknell, RG12 8UX
When? Tuesdays, 11am – 12pm

Emmer Green

Where? St Barnabas Church Hall , Grove Road, Emmer Green, Reading RG4 8RA
Wednesdays 9.45am – 10.45am & 11am – 12pm

South Reading

Where? Christ the King Church Parish Hall, 408 Northumberland Avenue, Reading RG2 8NR
When? Wednesdays, 2pm – 3pm


Where? Tilehurst Youth and Community Centre, The Triangle, RG30 4UU
When? Wednesdays, 9.45am – 10.45am (advanced); 11am – 12pm (beginners)

Walking Football in Reading

Walking football is an increasingly popular form of exercise for elderly people. The session is run by Rivermead Leisure Centre and is competitive, fun and inclusive.

Where? Rivermead Leisure Centre, Richfield Avenue, Reading, RG1 8EQ
When? Fridays, 11am – 12pm
Telephone: 0118 901 5000 

Age UK Yoga Sessions in Bracknell

Age UK yoga bracknell

A mainly chair based yoga session to help mobilise stiff joints and improve flexibility. The sessions focuses on relaxation, breathing technicques and gentle stretching. It is not an intense physical workout so is suitable for beginners or those with arthritis. There is a cost of £3 per session and a first taster class is offered free.

Where? Hall 2, Great Hollands Community Centre, Great Hollands Square, Bracknell RG12 8UX
When? Mondays, 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Telephone: 0118 959 4242
Email: info@ageukberkshire.org.uk

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