As we age, our joints start to creak and energy levels dip. It can be tricky to find something both enjoyable and motivating to keep you motivated. To make the most of life, we all need to keep fit and active to make the most of life.
There are some great opportunities to keep your health and wellness up in the Wetherby & North Leeds area. From gentle exercise, to Chairobics and dance classes, there’s plenty for everyone of all ages and activity levels.
Our Community Engagement Lead, Heather, runs regular Chairobics classes across the area and engages as many people in the community as possible as it’s a great way to keep active and socialise.
Exercise is not only a great way to watch our weight, strengthen our muscles, and maintain a strong heart, but also helps us keep mentally fit too. Staying physically active also helps improve blood pressure, supports better bone and joint health, and long-term preservation of brain function. It also helps improve your balance, which is a great way to help prevent falls.
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Active Ageing in Leeds is for people who are aged 45 and over. No matter your age or physical condition you are likely to benefit from being more active. There are plenty of activities available across Leeds for older people. If you have a health or mobility problem, the Health Programmes team is the place to start.
Leeds City Council also have mainstream activities such as gym, fitness classes and swimming at Active Leeds Leisure Centres. Their Age Friendly programmes are run at many of the leisure centres and are specifically designed for older people.
You can find more information on the classes they offer here https://active.leeds.gov.uk/classesandactivities/sports/active-ageing
Supporting over 60’s living in LS16, including Cookridge, Tinshill, Ireland Wood, Holt Park, Adel and Bramhope, OPAL is a lively and well organised community group providing a range of services and information from their hub in Tinshill.
They offer volunteer transport to help with appointments and social activities as well as organising social trips using wheelchair friend vehicles. Their services also include wellbeing calls to lonely people, companionship visits, lunch clubs and a variety of different exercise classes including Tai Chi, yoga and seated exercise. OPAL have a vast calendar of exercise classes and there is something for most abilities.
Great for socialising, exercise and a breath of fresh air, the Leeds Ramblers are a walking club who meet for a variety of walks, across Wetherby, Leeds, Ilkley, Skipton, and more. They meet for walks that are usually of seven to twelve miles, on Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays throughout the year.
New walkers are always welcome, and you don’t need to be a member for your first few weeks. Scheduled walks are available to view on their website or you can just drop a note there to one of their committee members to ask anything you might need to know via their contact form.