The massive physical and mental health benefits of regular exercise for the elderly aside, exercise classes can be a fun and engaging way for older people to meet similar people in their area. The options available to those in Suffolk include walking clubs, chair exercises, Otago classes and many more. This page will help you find exercise classes for seniors in Suffolk.
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Chair Based Exercises
Move It or Lose It
These are low cost fitness classes aimed at the elderly to improve their physical health in a variety of ways, from mobility and flexibility to strength and balance. The classes can also be a chance to socialise with other members of the community whilst keeping moving. The exercises can be done while seated or standing so they can cater to any ability.
They have groups around Haverhill, Bury St. Edmunds and Ipswich, so visit their website to find your closest one.
Haverhill - Chair Based Exercise
Combined with Otago exercises, these classes take place every Monday at Haverhill Leisure Centre.
Other Exercise Class Options in Suffolk
Walking for Health is a scheme for anyone and everyone with a wish for some gentle exercise outside. There are hundreds of schemes throughout Suffolk, each graded for difficulty.
Search on their website for your closest one.
ActivLives is an initiative to keep people active, connected and involved with their local community. They have a variety of events, classes and activities across Ipswich and Suffolk including gardening, chair-based exercises, walking groups and more. We recommend that you explore their website (linked below) and find your local active hub by contacting them directly – they will also be able to tell you what is coming up there!
Ipswich Fit - Ipswich
A service purely for those over 50 living in Ipswich, Active Seniors offers a range of classes across five locations. Types of classes include: sequence dancing, low impact fitness, bowls and breathe well classes. Visit their website below to find out more and decide which class would suit your relative.
Gym in Motion - Suffolk-wide
Gym in motion is a mobile gym that specialises in fitness for the over 50’s. They often provide classes of different specialties in care homes but can consult on a home-based exercise session. Some of the classes they include are Otago Fall Prevention and Parkinson’s Mobility Program. We recommend that you contact them to find out what is available in your area.
Running regularly in Brandon, Bury St. Edmunds, Haverhill, Howard and Newmarket, Keep Active is an inexpensive class offering a variety of exercise activities to the over 55s. Some of the exercises included are walking football and netball, keep-fit aerobics, dance and table tennis. See the link to their website below for more details on available activities.