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10 Today

Demos

A series of exercise routines which aims to increase physical activity amongst older people across the UK, helping to reduce social isolation and improve the physical and mental wellbeing of participants – all starting with 10 minutes of exercise. Strength and balancing exercises are a core component of 10 Today and by taking part three times a week, can reduce falls as well as depression by 30%.

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Age UK

A charity that exists to help older people when they feel they have no one to turn to. Age UK has over 130 local partners across the UK, many of which run exercise classes ranging from the more sedate chair-based exercise to nostalgic ballroom dancing and heart-pounding Zumba. To find your local Age UK and see what exercise classes and physical activities they offer, simply enter your postcode in the search bar provided via their website.

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British Nordic Walking

Nordic Walking uses specially designed poles to enhance the natural walking experience, with a technique that is similar to the upper body action of classic cross country skiing. It combines the simplicity and accessibility of walking with simultaneous core and upper body conditioning. Benefits of Nordic Walking include; improved posture, stronger back and abdominal muscles, reduced neck and shoulder tension and reduced impact on joints. Visit the website, to find a qualified Nordic Walking Instructor in your area and learn to Nordic Walk.

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ESCAPE-pain

A rehabilitation programme for people with chronic joint pain of the knees and/or hips. It integrates educational self-management and coping strategies with an exercise regime individualised for each person. It helps people understand their condition, teaches them simple things they can help themselves with, and takes them through a progressive exercise programme so they learn how to cope with pain better.

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Good Boost

A water-based rehabilitation programme designed to be fun and beneficial for people with a range of health issues. Also known as aquatic therapy, water-based rehabilitation is highly regarded for a range of musculoskeletal conditions.

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GP/Exercise Referral

Everyone Active

Everyone Active manages 198 leisure facilities in partnership with 61 local authorities and trusts across the UK, reaching as far as Sunderland in the north to Chichester in the south, and Mid Suffolk in the east to Plymouth in the south west. Everyone Active’s growth is down to its ability to deliver well-managed leisure facilities and activity services that offer great value for money.  Its aim is to increase local people’s participation in sports and leisure activities by advocating that all adults achieve a minimum of 30 minutes exercise five times per week. They offer an Exercise Referral scheme to people living with long term health conditions, such as arthritis to help increase physical activity levels and improve health and wellbeing. To find a centre near you, select Centre Finder via their homepage.

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Move it or Lose it

A national company motivating thousands of people to keep active in later life. With a vast network of instructors who deliver exercise classes to older people every week, they have also developed a range of fitness products such as DVDs and resistance bands for a home workout.

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One You

Public Health England

Making better choices today can have a big impact on your health. One You is here to help you get healthier and feel better with free tips, tools and support. Whether it’s moving more, eating more healthily or checking yourself – One You can help you make small, practical changes that fit in with your life.

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Ramblers

A not-for-profit organisation which brings together an association of people and groups who enjoy walking as well as other outdoor pursuits, but who also ensure that we protect and expand the infrastructure and places people go walking. Their goal is to protect the ability of people to enjoy the sense of freedom and benefits that come from being outdoors on foot. Ramblers promote walking for pleasure, health and leisure to everyone, of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, in towns and cities as well as in the countryside.

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TCV

The Community Volunteering Charity

Working with thousands of volunteers across the UK to help them discover, improve and enjoy their local green spaces and by doing so create happier and healthier communities for everyone. Whether by conserving a well-loved outdoor space, planting trees, building stiles, clearing footpaths, creating new food growing projects or bringing people together to promote social cohesion, our varied activities in both urban and rural areas connect people and green spaces to deliver lasting outcomes for both. TCV offer a range of opportunities for you to join including the Green Gym and Health Walks.

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TCV’s Green Gym

The Community Volunteering Charity

TCV’s Green Gym is group based physical activity with a purpose.  Green Gym is an engaging approach to outdoor activity, using gardening and environmental conservation to improve volunteers’ health, fitness and wellbeing while transforming local green spaces for the wider community.  The sessions are usually 3 hours and to start you do a few minutes of gentle exercise to warm up and at the end of the session to help you gently cool down and there’s a sociable tea break in the middle.

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Walking for Health

England’s largest network of health walks with over 360 active walking schemes, helping people across the UK lead a more active lifestyle. With over 14 years’ experience, Walking for Health is successfully improving the mental and physical well-being of thousands of people. To find your nearest health walk, visit the Walking for Health homepage and enter your postcode or place name in the search box provided.

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