Exercise increases energy, improves memory and can be a great means through which to socialise. Keeping moving by attending exercise classes also helps people to maintain their independence.
In Kent, there are a range of exercise classes and clubs, suitable for people with all sorts of mobility needs. We have compiled a list below of useful resources for finding the right exercise class or club for your elderly relative in Kent.
Exercise Classes for Seniors in Kent
Move It or Lose It!
Move It or Lose It run exercise classes for seniors throughout Kent. Their classes aim to help you to improve your flexibility, agility, aerobic health, balance and strength for greater strength and independence. All of their classes can be done either seated or standing, depending on your needs.
To find your nearest class, enter your postcode on the Move It or Lose It website.
Telephone: 0121 250 5788
Kent Adult Education Fitness Classes
The Kent Adult Education website offers a good range of different exercise and sport classes, for people of all levels and mobility needs. Yoga For All classes are available throughout many venues in Kent, and cost between £5 and £7.50 per session. Additionally, they run Maintaining Mobility classes for older people in Gravesend, Sevenoaks and Dover.
Kent Adult Education also offer a seniors rewards scheme, called Club60, which allows people aged 60+ to earn points when they enroll in classes, that can be used to discount future courses.
Telephone: 03000 41 22 22
Age UK Health and Exercise Classes
Many of the Age UK branches in Kent offer exercise classes as part of their ‘Active Living’ Day Centres. You can search for your nearest branch on the Age UK website, and find out what health and exercise classes they offer.
Being the garden of England, Kent has some of the most scenic walks on offer in the UK. Walking with Kent Ramblers is a great way for older people to see the sights, socialise and keep healthy. There are 13 Rambling groups in Kent, and you can find your nearest group, as well as more information about the routes, on the Kent Ramblers website.
Kent Walking Football
Walking Football for the over 50s is growing in Kent. The slow pace, lack of physical contact and focus on teamwork offers an environment that is full of physical, social and mental benefits. Games take place in over 20 different locations throughout Kent – you can find your nearest from the Kent FA website.
Telephone: 01622 792140
Kent Leisure Centres
Each district borough in Kent has a leisure centre, with services and classes available for older people. You can find your nearest leisure centre from the Kent County Council website, as well as information regarding timetables and costs. There is information about discounts for older people at Kent leisure centres in our guide to the Best Discounts for the Over 60s in Kent.
Medway Over 60s Sports
Medway Council have a dedicated page on their website for activities for people aged 60+. It includes a senior sport timetable, with a range of activities each day Monday to Friday, as well as tailored fitness classes and free swimming at Medway sports centres.