Exercise Classes for the Elderly in Sussex

Exercise Classes for the Elderly in Sussex

You may have watched your elderly relatives have slow down to doing almost nothing on a daily basis.  As we all know, the less you do, the less you really feel like doing.  Encouraging them to get out and about might be a challenge – but it will be worth it for their every day mobility, general mental health and overall fitness.

We have identified some great organisations in Sussex that provide some excellent, accessible activities for keeping your elderly relatives active and motivated. Read on to find out more about what is available:

Walking in Sussex

Walking for 15 to 20 minutes in a day can significantly improve an older person’s regular energy and mood. This is easy to introduce into somebody’s routine if they are able. You can also work family walks into your weekly routine or sign your relative up to a local walking club.

Ramblers Wellbeing Walks

Ramblers organise free, local and accessible, group walks to help people get more active. The walks are over easy terrain and never more than 90 minutes long, with all of them accessible by public transport.

There are a number of regular routes around Sussex, you can search for ones local to you through their Wellbeing Walks listings.

Move It or Lose It Classes in Sussex

Move It or Lose It! are exercise classes designed to improve strength and fitness for older people. They have proved very popular across the UK due to their positive approach and impact on weight loss and sociable approach to all-comers. Classes are tailored to differing abilities.

There are 10 Move It or Lose It groups across Sussex in Battle, Ferring, Hailsham, Hassocks, Hastings, Haywards Heath and Worthing. Enter your postcode on their find a class map to locate your nearest group and contact details.

Seated Exercise Classes In Sussex

seated exercise

Seated Exercise classes are designed to be low impact and suit all levels of fitness, including someone who has limited mobility or is recovering from an injury or illness. These are open to all ages and are suitable for older adults with a focus on what they CAN do, working to their own ability and progression.

The Chair Based Exercise classes consist of mainly seated exercise with some standing, although it is possible to remain seated throughout. The classes include mobility and aerobic exercises and strength work using a resistance band and stretches.

Crowborough Chair Based Exercise
  • Where: Crowborough Community Centre, Pine Grove, Crowborough, TN6 1FE
  • When? 10am and 11:30am on Tuesdays
  • Telephone: 07900 423676
  • Email: [email protected]

‘Movement to Music’ classes are also run in Crowborough, Cross In Hand and Burwash. These can be done seated, standing or a combination of both and include choreographed movements to great music.

Crowborough Movement to Music
  • Where: Crowborough Community Centre, Pine Grove, Crowborough, TN6 1FE
  • When? 11:30am on Thursdays
  • Telephone: 07900 423676
  • Email: [email protected]
Burwash Movement to Music
  • Where: Swan Meadow, Ham Lane, Burwash, Etchingham, TN19 7ER
  • When? 10:00am on Wednesdays
  • Telephone: 07900 423676
  • Email: [email protected]
Uckfield Movement to Music
  • Where: Foresters Hall, Uckfield, TN22 5DT
  • When? 2:00pm on Thursdays
  • Telephone: 07900 423676
  • Email: [email protected]

Attendees to the classes will benefit from:

  • Improved mobility and co-ordination
  • Improved strength and flexibility
  • Increased confidence and independence
  • Exercises are adapted for seated and standing
  • Fun and friendship

Visit the East Sussex Community Information Service‘s page on these classes, or contact directly for more information.

Walking Sports

Sussex FA: Walking Football

If your relative is a bit more competitive, walking sports might be a good option for them. The Sussex FA organises walking football sessions in Sussex with the aim of helping players to enjoy an active lifestyle and improving their health.

Sessions take place all of Sussex at varying dates and times. Search on the Sussex FA Interactive Map to find ones local to you!

Sussex Cricket: Walking Cricket

Sussex Cricket offer Walking Cricket clubs across Sussex to help people aged over 55 keep active and enjoy the sport at a slower pace, whilst meeting new people and having fun.

There are 10 clubs located across Sussex in Bexhill, Chichester, Crawley, Eastbourne, Hastings, Horsham, Littlehampton, Sidley, Southwick and Worthing. Find more information and contact details through the Sussex Cricket website.


For those with achy bones and joints, swimming could be the ideal sport. It’s very beneficial to the body and your relative isn’t likely to fall or hurt themselves. Plus, there is always a lifeguard present in case of emergency.

Many leisure centres offer aqua aerobics classes that are easy on the joints, helps to strengthen muscles and are ideal for people with arthritis. They often also offer special classes for older people.

Everyone Active: Senior Swimming Sessions

Senior Swimming Sessions are lane swimming sessions open only to swimmers aged 50 and over. This means you can take your time in the lanes and use them as a social opportunity, as well as a way to stay active and keep fit. These are incredibly popular, with around 230,000 people attending senior sessions each month.

Every Everyone Active Centre with a pool offers these sessions. Find details on the most convenient ones for you through their Leisure Centre finder.

Advice For Getting Into Exercise

exercise-adviceIf concerns about existing aches and pains are stopping your relative from pursuing exercise, then talk to their doctor for advice about where to begin. Also, the NHS has created this free, easy-to-follow guide about improving older people’s flexibility, strength, and balance. It’s a useful resource for those who are nervous about starting exercise.

If you would like more information you can visit the websites below: