Activities for Older Adults
It's never too late in life to put on a pair of trainers and embrace a more active lifestyle, however if you are new or returning to exercise we would recommend visiting your GP before you start.
Not sure where to begin? Here are a few popular ideas...
Generation Games - part of Age UK Oxfordshire
Age UK Oxfordshire's physical activity service runs a wide variety of exercise sessions across the county.
42 of their classes are Strength & Balance exercise classes that work to improve strength, balance and flexibility with the aim of reducing the risk of falls.
People can be referred by their GP or healthcare professional to this type of class. In addition, they have a particular focus on long-term health conditions such as Parkinson's and run specific exercise sessions.
A home exercise DVD is also available to Oxfordshire residents free of charge.
GO Active Gold
GO Active Gold aims to help those aged 55+ and over to live more active lifestyles by setting up physical activities in rural areas that cater for all abilities. The project aims to increase health and well-being and decrease loneliness and isolation amongst people age 55+ and over living in rural areas across South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse.
Activities include, Circuits, Yoga, Nordic Walking, Thai Chi, Zumba Gold, and Walking Football. To find out what activities are on near you or if you are a local coach or activity instructor and would like to deliver an activity near you, please click here to find out more. Our current brochure can be found here:
Activities for people 55+ (PDF, 5.3 Mb)
Gentle, sociable walks led by qualified leaders. Walks generally begin with a 1 mile route with longer routes optional. Walks are taken at a pace to suit everybody and for those that wish, often end with a trip to a local coffee shop for a hot beverage and a chat!
Why not continue playing or try out these sports but walking pace rather than running?
From those who have dropped out of the sport they love due to serious injury, to those who believed they had hung up their sports kit many years ago, it really is for everyone.
Walking Netball is a slower version of the game; it is netball, but at a walking pace. The game has been designed so that anyone can play it, regardless of age or fitness level. Walking Netball brings fun, laughter and the opportunity to socialise, aswell as the health benefits on offer. It can give those who feel isolated an outlet, provide an activity for those who don't deem themselves fit enough to run anymore and offer a stepping stone for those looking for a pathway back into netball. Walking Netball is taking place across Oxfordshire including Abingdon, Bicester, Shiplake, Witney, Kidlington, Grove, Kennington, Appleton and Thame.
For more details please contact Ali Hathaway (Oxfordshire Netball Development Officer) via alison. firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07872 407 212.
Walking Football is exactly as the name suggests - you play football, walking. Usually aimed at people over 50, this inclusive, fun and sociable 5-a-side version of the game is slow-paced but lacks none of the passion or excitement of the original game.
Find out about sessions in Oxfordshire by clicking the link below:
By utilising Nordic Walking poles you are able to work both the upper and lower body, burning nearly 50% more calories than normal walking alone! A great workout for those with joint or back problems due to the added support gained from the poles. Take one of our 'Learn to Nordic Walk' courses first and then join in one of the many social walks across the county.
A fantastic option for those unsteady on their feet as it allows you to take part in some of the popular aerobic and dance classes, but with less impact on the hips, knees and ankles. Enjoy the music and the moves and still get the heart pumping but from the comfort of a chair! Classes often include aerobics, Tai Chi and Zumba!
Find an activity
For more help on where to get started and what's on near you try the following websites: