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.

Gentle Exercise & Dance

Leader: Sheila Dickie

The class begins with a chair-based warm up leading to some standing exercises. An aerobic sequence of movements is followed by more seated work involving resistance bands. A dance sequence is also taught—this should be fun but is also good for memory.

  • Paused until the end of the coronavirus outbreak
  • When: Monday 10.00 am – 11.00 am
  • Location: Friends Meeting House, 17 North Square, Hampstead Garden Suburb, NW11 7AD
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Charges: £2.50 for a resistance band (if you don’t have one)
  • Number of places: 12

Meditation for Beginners

Leader: Elaine Cole-Wight

Join someone who has been practising meditation for more than 30 years and leading meditation groups for about 25 years. Beginning meditation is always the difficult part. You are shown a variety of techniques to help anyone who is interested in meditation, contemplation, mindfulness.

We explore the lessons from many cultures, and find the best way to successful mindfulness for each person.

  • Dates: Contact Leader
  • When: Monday 10.00 – 11.00 am
  • Location: Leader’s home, NW11 6RU
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Number of places: 6
  • Note: 6 week course

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
  • Dates: Contact Leader
  • When: Tuesday 10.00 – 11.00 am
  • Location: Leader’s home, NW11 6NL
  • Frequency: Fortnightly
  • Number of places: 10


Leader: Annika Sundstrom

Joseph Pilates developed an effective exercise system that brings together the functionality of Western approach with Eastern mindfulness. With precise and focused movements, imbalances can be corrected, weaknesses be strengthened, flexibility increased and ease of movement found.

A majority of this class is done on a mat on the floor as the floor gives us feedback on how we align the trunk, as well as support when finding and strengthening the deep abdominal and back muscles.

Exercises will be done lying on your back, side and front as well as kneeling on all fours, sitting and standing. Mats will be provided.

  • Currently paused. Annika has provided a video of a short home programme for members to keep strengthening their bodies.
  • When: Wednesday 10.10 – 11.10 am
  • Location: Free Church Hall, Northway,  Hampstead Garden Suburb, NW11 6PB
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Number of places: 12
  • Currently full with a waiting list

Table Tennis – Social

Contacts: Alan Finn (Main), Harvey Bengen (Coach), Peter Graham (Assistant)

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.

  • Currently paused
  • When: Tuesdays, 2.00 – 4.00 pm
  • Location: Free Church Hall, Northway, Hampstead Garden Suburb, NW11 6PB
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Equipment: Excellent facilities – 5 Olympic quality tables, nets, bats and balls all available by kind courtesy of Hampstead Garden Suburb Table Tennis Club
  • Number of places: 20 maximum
  • Coaching: Harvey Bengen can provide some free coaching; professional coaching is also available at a small fee by arrangement in advance if required
  • Subs: £3 per term is charged to cover replacements and maintenance

Thames Path in London & Other Walks

Walking to keep fit. See Outdoor Activities.

Yoga – Intermediate (New Class)

Leader: Anna Fulton

In this class we explore the beautiful practice of Yoga. We will be connecting with our breath, moving our bodies mindfully and building strength, balance and flexibility.  This class is suitable for people with some previous experience of Yoga and is run by a British Wheel of Yoga certified teacher.

  • Currently paused, but considering ways to continue online through YouTube or Zoom
  • When: Thursdays, 10:45 am – 11.45 pm
  • Location: Free Church Hall, Northway, Hampstead Garden Suburb, NW11 6PB
  • Frequency: Weekly (term time only)
  • Equipment: Mats and blocks (bring your own)
  • Number of places: 12 maximum
  • Charge: £60 per term (must be paid in advance)