Regular exercise increases energy, improves memory and can be a great means of socialising. Keeping moving by attending exercise classes can also help people to maintain their independence and reduce the risk of falls.
There is a whole range of exercise classes and clubs across Kent that are suitable for people with all sorts of mobility needs. Age Space has created the following guide to take you through many of the classes and activities available to older people for keeping up an active lifestyle 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 improve flexibility, agility, aerobic health, balance and strength to improve mobility and independence. All of their classes can be done either seated or standing, depending on your needs.
To find your nearest class, as well as costs and contact details, enter your postcode into the Move It or Lose It ‘Class Finder’.
Kent Adult Education Fitness Classes
Kent Adult Education offer a great range of different exercise and sports classes for people of all levels and mobility needs.
Yoga courses are available at many venues throughout Kent and are designed to suit all abilities. Additionally, they run Chair Based Exercise classes for older people in Tunbridge Wells, Sandwich and online.
Kent Adult Education also offer a free-to-join, seniors reward scheme called Club60, which allows people aged 60+ to earn points when they enrol in classes. These points can be redeemed in the future for discounts on courses.
There are plenty of other opportunities available with Kent Adult Education, so visit the website or get in touch through the details below for further information.
Age UK Health and Exercise Classes
Many of the Age UK branches in Kent offer exercise classes as part of their Day Centre programs. Take a look at whichever branch is most local to you through the links below to see what classes they have on offer.
- Canterbury Age UK Seated Exercise
- Faversham & Sittingbourne Age UK Power Assisted Exercise
- Herne Bay & Whitstable Age UK Tai Chi
- Maidstone Age UK Exercise & Socialise
- Sevenoaks & Tonbridge Age UK Strength, Mobility & Balance Classes
- Sheppey Age UK Chair Based Exercise
- South Kent Coast Age UK Chair Yoga
- Thanet Age UK Wellbeing Activities
- Tunbridge Wells Age UK Seated Exercise
Additionally, Faversham & Sittingbourne and Herne Bay & Whistable’s Age UK branches offer slower paced versions of popular sports for older people to enjoy:
Faversham & Sittingbourne
Herne Bay & Whitstable
Being the garden of England, Kent has some of the most scenic walking opportunities in the UK. Walking with Kent Ramblers is a great way for older people to see the sights, socialise and keep healthy. There are thirteen Rambling groups in Kent and you can find your nearest one, as well as more information about the routes, on the Kent Ramblers website.
Kent Walking Football
Walking Football for older people is becoming increasingly popular in Kent. The slower pace, gentler play 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.
Kent Leisure Centres
Most Leisure Centres in Kent offer classes and opportunities for older people, many of which include a discounted cost. You can find out more about the activities and discounts available by visiting the website of your local leisure centre:
Medway Over 60s Sports
Medway Council have a dedicated page on their website on activities for people aged 60 and over. It includes a senior sports timetable, featuring a range of activities that are available every weekday, as well as tailored fitness classes and free swimming at Medway sports centres.