What are Exercise Classes?
Exercise is good for everyone and we encourage anyone with a neurological condition to increase the amount of exercise they do, even if it’s just by a small amount each week. Even a few minutes of activity each day can have a very positive impact on your symptoms.
Our classes are a great introduction to the Centre for those who may not want or need to have one-to-one treatment or additional support at this time. Our exercise therapists understand how the body can be affected by neurological conditions and the classes are tailored to suit different abilities and symptoms, something that standard exercise classes may not consider.
We have a mix of classes per week to suit all different ability levels. No matter how much or how little movement you have, there will be a class that you can benefit from:
General Exercise Class
This class is aimed at members of all abilities, this class will help build strength in the body and encourage mobility in limbs. The class will range from cardio exercises, strength work all the way through to targeting specific movements in limbs. Every class is different and never the same exercises. Be ready for your whole body to be worked.
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Class
There are two strands to this class, one aimed at members who can exercise standing and the other sitting. HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. You will take part in a class where you will work for 30 seconds then 30 seconds active rest, for 30 minutes. This class will get your heart pumping, sweat dripping but endorphins racing.
Low Intensity Mobility (LIM) Class
This class is aimed at members who are beginning to exercise and/or are looking for a calm environment to move in. This class will help with improving or maintaining mobility in joints while keeping things functional in a slow, controlled and calm setting. It’s perfect for all abilities in person or at home.
This class will give you time to focus on specific parts of your body to help with your day-to-day mobility. Each week you will learn specific exercises targeted on different joints and generic pains. Classes could be to help with discomfort in your lower back through to hand and foot function. Each week will target different aspects of physical rehabilitation to help you maintain strength and mobility.
Seated Stretch Class
This class is aimed at all abilities, members are encouraged to join the class and learn how to stretch, help mobilise joints to keep them as mobile as possible, and make time for you and your body.
Standing Balance Class
This class targets members who are able to stand and walk but need help with their balance. In this class we will strengthen muscles and limbs key to successful and safe standing.
9.30am Rehabilitation Class (Face-to-Face and Zoom)
11am Low Impact Mobility Class – Standing (Face-to-Face and Zoom)
11.15am HIIT Class – Standing (Face-to-Face)
1pm Seated Stretch Class (Face-to-Face and Zoom)
2.30pm General Exercise Class (Face-to-Face and Zoom)
8.15am Standing Strength Class (Zoom)
10:15am General Exercise Class (Face-to-Face and Zoom)
9.15am Standing Balance Class (Face-to-Face)
9:30am (alternate Wednesdays) General Exercise Class (Face-to-Face and Zoom)
11.15am Standing Balance Class (Face-to-Face)
1pm Low Impact Mobility Class – Standing (Face-to-Face and Zoom)
3pm Rehabilitation Class (Face-to-Face and Zoom)
6pm (alternate Wednesdays) General Exercise Class (Zoom)
9:30am HIIT Class – Seated (Face-to-Face and Zoom)
9.30am General Exercise Class (Face-to-Face and Zoom)
2pm Standing Balance Class (Face-to-Face)
HOW COULD EXERCISE CLASSES BENEFIT ME?
According to NICE (National Institute for Health & Care Excellence), remaining physically active can improve mobility and fatigue. It can also help to reduce the secondary complications of inactivity, such as pressure sores, and help people with neurological conditions to regain or maintain their strength.
- Promotes an active lifestyle
- Improves quality of life
- Improves and maintains mobility
- Improves general health and well-being
- Assists in restoring range of motion
- Restores/improves muscular strength, power and endurance
- Improves skeletal muscle function and overall body function
- Reduces fatigue
- Improves Cardiovascular function
- Plus it can be social & fun!
HOW TO ACCESS EXERCISE CLASSES?
You don’t need to have an initial assessment before you can attend the classes. If you are not a member please speak to one of our exercise therapists for an initial chat about which classes are suitable for you. You will need to become a member by paying your membership fee before you start the class. You will also have to complete a pre-screening questionnaire so that the team can make sure they put you in the right class to suit your ability and health needs.
If you are interested in registering your interest for our face-to-face exercise classes please email our exercise team.
To have a chat about which classes are suitable for you, speak to your physiotherapist or email our exercise team.