Exercise and Activity Directory - Arthritis Action

Exercise and Activity Directory

Our Exercise and Activity Directory aims to help people with arthritis or mobility issues find information about exercise sessions and activities available in their area. We believe that facilitating an individual to become more active in an enjoyable community setting is achievable for everyone.

It is always advisable to contact any provider listed prior to your visit to ascertain the suitability of the class or activity for your individual needs. If in doubt about your readiness to participate, always consult with you GP prior to beginning a new activity.

You might also want to look at our chair-based exercise page ‘Exercises‘ as a starting point to improve your mobility.

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    Age UK

    Being Active as you get older

    A not-for-profit organisation that exists to help older people when they feel they have no one to turn to for support. Providing an array of services, Age UK have a vast number of local hubs 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, enter your postcode in the search bar provided via their website.

    Anchor Hanover

    10 Today

    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 and depression by 30%.


    British Nordic Walking

    Get 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.



    Pain Management and Exercise

    A rehabilitation programme for people with chronic joint pain of the knees and/or hips. It integrates self-management strategies with an exercise regime tailored 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.


    Good Boost

    Therapeutic Aqua Exercises

    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.


    Move it or Lose it

    Exercise Classes

    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.



    Go Running

    Parkrun organise weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone and are safe and easy to take part in. The events take place in pleasant parkland surroundings, encouraging people of every ability to take part; from those taking their first steps in running to Olympians; from juniors to those with more experience; we welcome you all. All our events are free and organised by volunteers.


    Walking for Health

    Find a Walk

    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.




  • Get Back Into Exercise and Fitness Classes

    A Community Interest Company (CIC) striving to promote healthier lifestyles for everyone living in the Warrington Borough. They are committed to ensuring all members of the community have access to local facilities and encouraging increased participation in all activities as well as reading and learning. LiveWire offer a range of exercise and activities for all ages and abilities, including the Reach for Health and Stay on Your Feet programmes, designed to urge people to get involved in weekly exercise classes to progressively improve overall fitness and to lead healthier lifestyles. Both these programmes require a GP referral to participate and can be found via the Get Back Into Exercise tab. To find out more about LiveWire Leisure, Library and Lifestyle services, please visit their homepage.


    Walking for Health

  • LiveWire Lifestyle Health Walks

    There’s no better way to get active, get back into exercise, get fresh air and meet new people! Organised short walks across Warrington, led by a Lifestyles Advisor or one of our trained volunteers who greet you at the selected meeting point and guide you through a pre-planned route lasting approximately one hour. Please see the timetable below for the walks available.


  • Local Offer
  • Cheshire West and Cheshire Council
  • An online directory for residents in Cheshire West-bringing together services, information, advice and guidance. The site covers the length and breadth of health and social care including support around specific health conditions and exercise all the way through to activities for people who may be feeling lonely or bored. The website covers services for children and young people, families and adults working as a central one-stop-shop for all residents and care professionals.


  • Walking for Health


  • LiveWire Lifestyle Health Walks
  • There’s no better way to get active, get back into exercise and get fresh air and meet new people! Organised short walks across Warrington, led by a Lifestyles Advisor or one of our trained volunteers who greet you at the selected meeting point and guide you through a pre-planned route, lasting approximately one hour.


  • Age UK Cheshire

  • Age UK

  • A local not-for-profit organisation that provides a range of care and support services to enable older people to continue to live full and active lives, participate in community activities and remain in good mental and physical health. They provide a variety of services, activities and events helping older people stay healthy and safe, including Active Health and Falls Prevention. To find out more, visit the Age UK Cheshire homepage and select ‘Activities and Events’ and/or ‘Our Services’.


  • Derbyshire

    Active Derbyshire

  • Sport and Physical Activities
  • Active Derbyshire provide the strategic lead on sport and recreation across Derbyshire and are committed to working with organisations and partners to increase the number of
  • people taking part in sport and physical activity. They offer support around funding, insight and workforce development and have a very useful online activity search tool via their website. Increased support and encouragement is offered to the inactive to become active and to keep people engaged in physical activity throughout their lives.

    Walk Well Derby

    Walking for Health

  • Walk Well offer short, free health walks in Derby, suitable for people of all ages. The walking routes take place in local parks, countryside and residential areas of Derby. Just turn up and enjoy!


    Live Life Better Derbyshire

    Derbyshire County Council

    Whether you want to get more active, lose weight or quit smoking, Live Life Better Derbyshire offers the help and support you need to achieve your goals. Staff are fully trained and will be with you every step of the way, offering support and advice. There’s even an online health MOT tool too!


    Strictly no Falling Classes

    Age UK Derby and Derbyshire

    A local not-for-profit Age UK hub working in the community to support older people, their families and carers to love later life. The Strictly no Falling Classes include exercises to strengthen muscles and bones to improve balance and coordination. Classes cater for a range of abilities and are run by qualified, independent instructors. To find out more and whether there is a class near you, visit the Age UK Derby and Derbyshire homepage and select ‘Activities and Events’. There is a charge to participate.



    Dorset Council

    Active 4 Health Exercise Referral 

    Supports local people referred by a health professional to get more active and keep active through a wide range of activities to suit location, interest and health need.


    Dorset Council

    Dorset for You  

    Sport and Leisure services lists an array of activities including cycling, walking and getting active schemes and groups. The exercise referral scheme is also available via the Dorset Council website, to help encourage and support people become more active for health.


    Younger 4 Longer

    Younger 4 Longer

    A community based programme which aims to help enrich the lives of older people by meeting social, physical and spiritual needs. Safe, simple and effective evidence-based exercise classes provide ample opportunities for a range of fun and exciting activities and events which facilitate social interaction.


    Walking for Health

    North Dorset Walking for Health  

    Established to create new opportunities for people to benefit from group walking, get active and meet new people. Linked to local GP practices, community hospitals and children’s centres, all walks are free and led by a trained walk leader. There’s no need to book, just turn up a few minutes before the walk starts and you’ll find a warm welcome … whatever the weather!


    Walking for Health

    Weymouth and Portland Health

    Free, friendly and welcoming health walks to suit a range of abilities. From gentle 15 minute walks to walks lasting 30 minutes or brisk 45 minutes walks, all are led by trained volunteer walk leaders to make sure you have an enjoyable time.


    Age UK Bournemouth

    Better Balance Classes 

    A local not-for-profit organisation helping older people (55+) in Bournemouth, Poole and East Dorset to live happy, healthy, and independent lives. They provide services, activities and events, including the ‘Better Balance Class’ designed to help reduce the risk of a fall which could lead to injury for older people. Regular gentle exercise can make a big difference. To find out more visit the Age UK Bournemouth homepage and select ‘Our Services’.


    Age UK Dorchester

  • Better Balance Classes

    Local not-for-profit organisation helping older people across rural Dorset to remain independent and maintain physical and mental wellbeing in later life. They provide services, organise activities and events including the ‘Better Balance Class’ designed to help reduce the risk of a fall which could lead to injury for older people. Regular gentle exercise can make a big difference. To find out more, visit the Age UK Dorchester homepage and select ‘Our Services’.
  • Age Concern North Dorset

  • Exercise Classes

    A not for profit organisation providing a variety of services for older people living in Sturminster Newton and surrounding villages. Local exercise classes and other activities help to reduce social isolation and improve quality of life. To find out more, visit the Age Concern North Dorset Age homepage and select ‘Services’.

    East Sussex

    East Sussex Health Walks 

    Walking for Health  

    Available across the county, most walks are scheduled weekly, are an hour long and suitable for all ages and abilities. Free to join and with no need to book, simply turn up shortly before the start time and look for the leaders in yellow high viz jackets!


    East Sussex Community Information Service (ESCIS)

    Brighton and Hove City Council and East Sussex County Council

    A free online community resource, listing local organisations, events and activities in East Sussex as well as providing information and advice. Simply use the ‘Search ESCIS’ to find what you’re looking for, including local exercise classes.


    East Sussex 1Space

    East Sussex County Council

    1Space is an online directory with a focus on care, support and wellbeing services. The site brings together groups and organisations in East Sussex that offer services for adults of all ages and with a diversity of needs. Browse through the categories and use the combined Keyword ‘Search for’ and location ‘Within’ and ‘Miles of’ fields to find what you are looking for, including local exercise classes and venues.


    Walking Cricket and Walking Football

    Age UK East Sussex

    A not-for-profit independent, local organisation supporting older people in East Sussex. Exercise opportunities include Walking Cricket and Walking Football.



    Start Well, Be Well, Stay Well, Eat Well, Feel Well and Age Well


    The Livewell campaign, supported by 13 local authorities and NHS partners, is designed to engage communities, families and individuals with the aim of providing information about all that is on offer in Essex, to improve health and wellbeing and work towards achieving better health outcomes for people across the county. Activities on offer include Cycling for Health, Walking in Essex and Local Gentle Activities.



    Hampshire County Council

    Steady and Strong 

    Steady and Strong classes are designed to help people over 65 to improve strength and balance, helping you to live independently for longer.



    Tunbridge Wells Walking for Health

    Walking for Health

    An enjoyable way to discover the beauty of your borough, meet new people and improve your health! Led by volunteer walk leaders, they are free to join with no pre-booking required. Come and see what a difference walking can make to your health and how enjoyable it can be!


    East Kent Health Walks

    Walking for Health

    East Kent Health Walks are short, local walks designed to help you to get active, get outdoors and meet new people. They are led by friendly volunteers and usually take from 30 minutes to an hour and a half, leaving from central locations across East Kent, such as your local library or community centre. There’s no need to book, just turn up and join in!



    First Contact Plus

    Leicestershire County Council

    An online platform for adults living in Leicestershire to find information, advice and support for a range of services. The categories ‘Improving your Health’ and ‘Falls’ are good places to start searching for activities and exercise classes to keep fit and healthy.



    Lincoln Health Walks

    Walking for Health

    Part of the Lincolnshire Health Walks Scheme, all walks are free to attend with no pre-booking required. Turn up 10-15 minutes before your first walk to complete a short registration form and you’re ready to get walking. What better way to get active, meet new people and get out in the fresh air!


    Magna Vitae

    Exercise Referral   

    An annual subsidised personal exercise programme for anyone with a medical condition who would benefit from a more active lifestyle. The paid programme includes regular meetings within the first 12 weeks with fully-qualified Lifestyle Consultants who will work with you to develop a programme tailored to your needs that you are confident with. For more information regarding venues and to review costs, please visit their website.



    Central Norfolk Walking for Health

    Walking for Health

    A range of walks graded to suit most abilities and fitness levels in East Broadland, Norwich City and South Norfolk. Walking routes incorporate parks, interesting urban areas and scenic countryside. Walks are free (donations welcomed to keep the programme running) and with no booking required. Simply turn up to join in. Led by trained walk leaders to greet all newcomers and explain any safety points.


    Community Events and Activities

    Lumi: A Brighter way to Share

    An online platform to find activities and events in Norwich city. The Activities category is a good place to start looking for events and activities to help you get more active. Listings include local exercise classes (Aerobics for over 55s, Aqua Jog for over 55s), walking and gardening groups.



    Best Foot Forward

    Walking for Health  

    A weekly programme of guided health walks in open spaces around Nottingham, run by trained volunteer walk leaders and supported by Age UK Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. Anyone is welcome and all walks are free to attend with no pre-booking requirements.


  • Staffordshire

    Stoke-on-Trent: Closer to Home Walking Network

    Walking for Health

    Free, daily organised health walks for all ages and abilities (usually lasting between 45 and 90 minutes) with routes often set around the beautiful parks and greenways of Stoke-on-Trent. Shorter walks are also available (lasting between 10 and 30 minutes) if you haven’t walked for a while and need a gentler option to get back into physical exercise.


    Everyone, More Active, More Often

    Sport across Staffordshire & Stoke on Trent (SASSOT)

    Funded by Sport England and part of an England-wide network of 43 Active Partnerships, SASSOT is the strategic lead for sport and physical activity across Staffordshire. Working together with local agencies also committed to increasing the number of people taking part in physical activity and sport, they have developed a range of services to support local organisations to get everyone more active more often. To find out more and what activities are on offer (Bowls and Boccia to name a few) go to the Get Active category.



    One Life Suffolk 

    Suffolk County Council  

    An online platform helping local people find the services they need to stay active and healthy. Services include effective weight management, physical activity, health improvement programmes and stop smoking courses. In particular, One Life Suffolk offer the Get Help to Get Active programme, designed to support inactive adults living with long-term health conditions to become and stay more physically active. For more details please visit the One Life Suffolk homepage.


    Stepping Out in Suffolk

    Walking for Health

    Offers a variety of walks across the county for all ages and abilities, ranging from the countryside to more urban landscapes. All walks are led by trained volunteer walk leaders and are graded to ensure participants find the right route and pace for themselves. You do not need to have health issues to join our walks, as many participants simply join in to improve their wellbeing and meet new people. Quarterly programme hard copies are available in all Suffolk libraries or can be downloaded from the One Life Suffolk website.


    Suffolk InfoLink

    Suffolk County Council

    An online directory of community information including local clubs, societies, community and voluntary organisations, healthcare services and exercise classes. Use the Keyword(s) search box at the top of the page to find what you are looking for.



    East Surrey Walking for Health

    Walking for Health

    Organises free weekly guided health walks across East Surrey, ranging from 30 to 90 minutes. Routes vary from rural to urban, often including local parks and are graded to suit the needs and abilities of participants. More challenging walks, which are longer and include steeper inclines. are also available. Managed by YMCA East Surrey, there is no need to book, turn up 10 minutes before the advertised time of the walk in order to register. It is a great way to get active, meet new people and keep fit and healthy.


    YMCA East Surrey

    Health and Wellbeing

    A local not-for-profit organisation helping vulnerable children, young people and adults to belong, contribute and thrive within their local communities of East Surrey. With a wide range of projects and organised activities on offer there really is something for everyone to get involved with, especially with regards to physical activity, keeping fit and staying healthy. The Health and Wellbeing category lists many options such as Group Exercise, Health Walks and even offers an Exercise Referral programme to help inactive people get active.


    West Midlands

    Coventry Health Walks 

    Walking for Health

    An organised network of guided group walks across the City of Coventry ranging from 30 – 90 minutes in length, it’s a great way to meet new people and get active. All are welcome and no pre-booking is required.


    Heathy Footsteps and Get Cycling

    Age UK Dudley

    A local not-for-profit organisation working to ensure that older people living in Dudley get information and support they need to make later life as fulfilling as possible. They provide a variety of services and activities, including Healthy Footsteps and Get Cycling (both 50+ activities) that encourage older people to keep active and improve mobility in their local environments. To find out more visit the Age UK Dudley homepage and select the category ‘Activities and Events’.