Older People

At Active Living Support we understand that physical activity and exercise can help you stay healthy, energetic and independent as you get older. There's strong evidence that people who are active have a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, depression and dementia. If you want to stay pain-free, reduce your risk of mental illness, and be able to go out and stay independent well into old age, you're advised to keep moving and stay active and that's where Active Living can help.

As you get older you may be more prone to falls. There are many different risk factors that contribute to falls, but muscle weakness and poor balance underlie most falls. Exercise is effective in lowering falls risk in older adults, especially strength and resistance training and dynamic balancing.

One of the benefits of attending any of our sessions, is the opportunity to meet new people. Social isolation and loneliness can affect approximately one-third to one-half of those aged over 60 and this can have a negative impact on their physical and mental health.

Research has shown that a lack of social relationships is as strong a risk factor for mortality as smoking, obesity or lack of exercise. It can also cause a decline in mobility, so even if you do not want to participate in one of our more active sessions you can still benefit from our social activities such as chess, snooker or our coffee/cake mornings.

There are numerous benefits of peer to peer learning, so if your great at chess or snooker, can bake a cake or great at golf, why not volunteer some time with Active Living Support.

Seated Exercises

We all know exercise is important for leading an active, healthy, happy life. And when we think "exercise," we think "get up and go." But with chair exercises for older people, you can perform seated chair exercises that rival any you've ever done on your feet! Forget scaling mountains and running marathons. Older adults with mobility and balance issues, those recovering from an injury, surgery, or are just looking to take it slow...these workouts are for you!

Chess

Chess is a great game. It takes skill and a sharp mind. It provides an opportunity to socialise and decrease the risk of depression. Playing chess actively engages the brain and has been shown to strengthen logical reasoning and problem solving amongst older people. Research shows that active players have a lower rate of dementia. If you do not know how to play- we will teach you!

Horse Riding

Believe it or not the horse does not do all the work. The benefits of horse riding are improved posture, increased muscle tone, core strength and stable strength. It helps improve balance, coordination and improved mental health. Our sessions are for all abilities and we can go as fast or slow as each participant needs.

Run/Walk Club

Running is not for everyone and that’s ok. Our clubs give you an opportunity to go at your own pace and make new friends. There are numerous benefits to walking these include helping to keep your weight steady, lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, colon cancer and diabetes. It can also help to strengthen your bones and prevent osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. If you feel like taking it up a notch then our running clubs may be for you, and if your somewhere in the middle we can help you reach your goal. The key is to learn to move right and not get hurt in the process. An Active lifestyle full of injuries defeats the very purpose of being active.

Swimming

Swimming is perfect for older people because it's easier on the joints and muscles than exercise on hard land. As swimming is aerobic in nature, it boosts the health of the heart, leading to a reduction in coronary heart disease through lowered risk of inflammation. These classes are perfect for the novice or the expert- and if you do not know how to swim we will teach you!

Tennis

Doubles or singles, professional or novice, everyone is welcome. Tennis can reduce the risk of heart disease, improve flexibility, balance and coordination (often resulting in fewer falls). It can boost brain power as it requires creativity, agility, tactical thinking and coordination which helps keep our brains active.

Snooker

Snooker will improve your focus and concentration due to the nature of pocketing the coloured balls. It is a non-strenuous activity making injury rare; despite increasing strength and muscle control in all areas, especially upper body and torso.

Archery

Indoors or outdoors, the sport of archery requires precision, control, focus, physical ability and determination. Although it may be perceived as stationary- archery gets you active, burning calories and in a better state of mind.

Clay Pigeon Shooting

Surprisingly it is good for your health and if you haven’t tried it before, now is the perfect time. It can help strengthening your core, improve your balance and coordination and give you an adrenaline burst. This is definitely one to try!

Walking Football

Walking football offers a multitude of health benefits to older people such as reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke while improving blood pressure. Walking football is an excellent way of staying fit and healthy.

Yoga/Pilates/Tai Chi

Mind, body and Soul.  It’s important to move, even if its slowly and Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi give participants a chance to do that. Yoga uses meditation, exercise and breathing practices to improve overall health. Tai Chi is a Chinese soft martial art form, uses gentle, slow movements and postures to keep the body in constant motion while the person meditates. Tai chi may contribute to the psychological well-being among healthy adults and patients with chronic conditions. Pilates focuses on the core postural muscles, which help keep the body balanced and are essential to providing support for the spine.

Zumba/Dance Classes

Got two left feet, your welcome to join. It is about having fun, laughing, enjoying the music and exercising at the same time, keeping mobile which is most important in the later years.  The benefits include maintaining a healthy heart, improves mobility, helps to manage your weight, enhances your cognitive function and strengthens bones and muscles.

Golf

Golf is often seen as the recreational sport for the rich and as a result they never try to pursue golf as a hobby. At Active Living Support we make golf accessible for those on any income. There are many benefits to Golf, walking the course also helps build muscle strength, improve cardiovascular functions, and increase endurance, which are all important to your health as you get older. Along with walking and building lower body strength, the golf swing itself promotes core muscle strength.