Fitness & Wellbeing

All physical activities are designed with the age profile of HGS U3A members in mind, so you’re not expected to be an Olympic athlete, but you must be sufficiently fit to participate.

If in doubt, please contact the Group Leader to discuss whether the group is suitable for you. In some cases, you will be asked to fill in a confidential form disclosing any health issues.

Cycling

Leaders: Terry Snowman & Eric Wilton

Group of cyclists outside St Judes church

Our newly formed cycling group is up-and-riding. The group is jointly led by Terry Snowman, an experienced ride leader and route planner and Eric Wilton. We aim to cycle 15 to 20 miles at a very comfortable pace and to include a coffee stop on our rides, which mostly start from St Judes but we may venture further afield for an occasional  scenic ride. Given our location, some cycling on busy roads is unavoidable but we will always look to find quieter routes, at least in part. All participants must have roadworthy bicycles, of any type, wear a helmet and bring water. As this is the UK, into every ride some rain may fall, so it will always be a good idea to bring rain gear! Rides will only be postponed in the case of extreme weather. We will be riding all through the summer so do join us, for any or all of our rides. You’ll be most welcome. For more information contact Eric via ericwilton1@gmail.com or on 07971-019542.

  • When: 2nd & 4th Tuesday morning of each month

Mindfulness & Wellbeing

Leader: Bernice Berman

This course offers a practical guide to mindfulness. It covers:

  1. Definitions of Mindfulness
  2. Methods of how to practise mindfulness in the context of a busy life
  3. How to substitute negative thoughts for positive ones
  4. How to understand compassion
  5. How to reduce stress
  • Continuing using Zoom
  • When: Tuesday 10.00 – 11.00 am
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Number of places: 10

Table Tennis — Social

Contact: Alan Lee

Table tennis bats and ball

Come along and learn or play as you wish. Table tennis can improve mental health, reducing the risk of depression, anxiety and developing self-esteem as well as developing mental agility, motor skills, balance and coordination.

As little as 10 minutes of regular moderate exercise can bring great benefits.

  • Continuing under conditions stipulated by Table Tennis England
  • When: Tuesday 2.00–4.00 pm
  • Where: Free Church Hall, Northway, NW11 6PB
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Number of places: maximum of 16 people per session
  • Charges: £10.00 per term

Tai Chi on Wednesday

Leader: Shahin Daneshi

This class is a  combination of Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Raja yoga meditation. This is a gentle mindful practice, that promotes peace and wellbeing. Each session will cover Tai chi and Qi Gong practice and their philosophy in addition to Raja yoga. Raja yoga  contains of pratyahara (control of the five senses) dharna (concentration), and dhyana (meditation).

The benefits include improving flexibility and coordination, strength, balance and a general feeling of calm and ease. You can bring a yoga mat or sit on a chair for the meditation part.

  • Start date: 14 September 2022
  • When: Wednesday 2.30–4.00 pm (no class 26 October)
  • Where: Free Church Hall, Northway, NW11 6PB
  • Frequency: Weekly

Tai Chi on Thursday

Leader: Shizue Takahashi

Tai Chi releases tension in the body and improves balance, breathing, circulation, and concentration.

  • When: Thursday 2.30–3.30 pm
  • Where: Free Church Hall, Northway, NW11 6PB
  • Frequency: Fortnightly
  • Number of places: 16

Walking Groups

Walking to keep fit and enjoy pleasant company. See Outdoor Activities.

Yoga on Monday

Leader: Sarah Dewdney

Yoga pose

Sarah has been practising yoga for over 15 years and became a teacher to share the mental and physical benefits with others. The class will be a gentle, slow-moving Hatha based one. Starting with warm-up movements, Yin yoga poses, grounding, pranayama (breath-work), sun salutation, standing and seated asana. Finishing with floor based sequence culminating in savasana, to absorb the physical practice.

Modifications can be made in any pose, yoga is a personal practice in which you work with what you have. It is about making a connection with your breath, body and mind.

All attendees will be required to complete a health questionnaire; and should bring a yoga mat and blocks, if you require them, and dress in light, comfortable clothing.

  • Start date: Monday 12 September
  • When: Monday 11.00 am – 12.00 pm
  • Where: Finchley Youth Theatre, 142 High Road, East Finchley, N2 9ED (near East Finchley tube; parking available in side roads)
  • Frequency: Weekly (no class for half term on 24 October)