Get moving in spring with free classes
SPRINGTIME is the perfect time of year to embrace your fitness goals which bring a variety of health benefits for seniors.
According to the World Health Organisation, leading a sedentary lifestyle is one of 10 leading causes of death and disability in seniors. Other health benefits include a reduced risk of stroke or heart attack, better bone density, reduced risk of developing dementia and more confidence and independence.
Fortunately, the Medibank Feel Good Program fitness series returns to South Bank Parklands and Queens Gardens in October to get you in shape and feeling great for free!
Series 2 will hit the ground running from September 30 to November 30 delivering 15 free workouts per week. The sessions range from early morning to evening classes across the lush green locations
Many of which are low impact and can be taken at your own pace, ensuring all fitness levels are catered for. All the sessions will be held and taught by qualified instructors from Goodlife Health Clubs. As an extra incentive, high profile fitness trainer Michelle Bridges will host a free class on November 2.
Top class choices for seniors include yoga to improve balance, flexibility and energy flow and Pilates to tone, stretch and strengthen the body. Classes are held at Queens Gardens next to Treasury Hotel and at South Bank on the Little Stanley Street Lawn.
You can strengthen joints with Tai Chi at Flowstate or cool down and tone up in South Bank's Boat Pool with an Aqua class.
If you would like to hit the dance floor with a bit more confidence, Zumba will have you moving to the beat while melting calories. There is also salsa dancing where you can learn how to salsa with and without a partner. These classes are held at Flowstate.
The best way to get motivated is to exercise with a friend, partner or in a group. That way, you keep each other motivated. A longer-term goal can also be helpful, giving each individual something to work towards.
New to this year's program are Wellness Talks held every fortnight on a Saturday morning at Flowstate. Hosted by certified practitioners and industry leaders; Leanne Ward, Cass Dunn and Soul Space will share their insights, knowledge and tips on all things health.
Don't forget to take a water bottle, towel and workout mat (if required) with you.