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.

  • When: Thursday 10.30–11.30 am
  • Frequency: Monthly (4 November, 2 December, 6 January)
  • Location: Friends Meeting House, 17 North Square, NW11 7AD
  • Number of places: 12 (a few places still available)

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

Pilates

Leader: Rebecca Dadoun

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.

  • Start date: 4 October 2021
  • When: Monday 10.00–11.00 am
  • Location: Finchley Cricket Club, 45 East End Road, N3 2TA (parking available at Pure Gym—same postcode)
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Number of places: 12
  • Important notes: Not suitable for anyone with osteoporosis or osteopenia. Mandatory health questionnaire (confidential). All participants must have received both doses of covid-19 vaccine.

Table Tennis — Social

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

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.

  • Resuming from 18 May 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: £3.00 per term

Tai Chi

Leader: Shizue Takahashi

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

  • Start date: 23 September 2021
  • When: Thursday 2.30–3.30 pm
  • Where: Free Church Hall, Northway, NW11 6PB
  • Frequency: Fortnightly
  • Number of places: 10

Thames Path in London & Other Walks

Walking to keep fit. See Outdoor Activities.

Yoga (Sunday)

Leader: Siddhi Purohit

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.

  • Start date: 3 October 2021
  • When: Sunday 9.30–10.30 am
  • Location: Finchley Cricket Club, 45 East End Road, N3 2TA (parking available at Pure Gym—same postcode)
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Number of places: 12
  • Important notes: Mandatory health questionnaire (confidential). All participants must have received both doses of covid-19 vaccine.

Yoga (Tuesday)

Leader: Sharon Ioannou

Yoga poseThis is a gentle mindful practice, promoting peace and wellbeing. Each session will cover Asana (mindful movement/flows), Pranayama (breath), relaxation and mindful meditation. The benefits include improved flexibility and co-ordination, strength, balance and a general feeling of calm and ease. With guidance, students are encouraged to practice at their own pace and level and to utilise what they learn on the yoga mat into their daily lives. For more reading on this style of yoga go to www.yogaheartcentre.com.

  • Start date: Tuesday 9 November 2021
  • When: Tuesday 4.00–5.00 pm
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Location: Free Church Hall, Northway, NW11 6PB
  • Important notes: Mandatory health questionnaire (confidential). All participants must have received both doses of covid-19 vaccine.