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.
Mindfulness & Wellbeing
Leader: Bernice Berman
This course offers a practical guide to mindfulness. It covers:
- Definitions of Mindfulness
- Methods of how to practise mindfulness in the context of a busy life
- How to substitute negative thoughts for positive ones
- How to understand compassion
- How to reduce stress
- Continuing using Zoom
- When: Tuesday 10.00 – 11.00 am
- Frequency: Weekly
- Number of places: 10
Groups Currently Inactive
The following groups have suspended activities during the coronavirus pandemic, although the Pilates and yoga group leaders have created some short videos to keep members active during lockdown.
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.
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.
- Annika has provided a video of a short home programme for members to keep strengthening their bodies.
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.
Thames Path in London & Other Walks
Walking to keep fit. See Outdoor Activities.
Yoga – Intermediate
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.