Gentle movement for healthy living

Course Dates: 11/01/21 - 29/03/21
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Location: Online

Do you want to live a healthier life and you are not sure where to start? You will learn and practise a variety of exercises to improve your fitness, flexibility, balance and general health. This course is fun and inclusive, whatever you level of fitness.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

This course is based on the latest studies of the effects of aging on the body and how to minimise these changes. It is designed to provide safe and effective exercises at a suitable level for you to develop some cardiovascular fitness and flexibility, improve mobility, muscular strength and endurance. Develop physical and mental well-being through movement and physical activity, and improve your static and moving posture. This gentle exercise class promotes healthy living and keeping active at every stage of life as you work at your own level.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

You will learn how to mobilise the body ready for exercise, how to elevate the heart rate with a number of low impact exercise and include strength, flexibility, balance and stretch sections. You will have the option of lying on a mat or performing the exercises whilst sitting on a chair. The class will end with stretching and relaxation.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Improve your posture with different suitable exercises designed to improve your strength and stretch
Modify exercises to suit your own level
Name certain parts of the anatomy
Describe the difference between strength and stretch exercise.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

No previous knowledge or experience is required. All levels and ages welcome
You will need to be able to read and write short sentences, follow verbal instructions, observe and copy physical movements and use spatial awareness within a group.
If you have suffered from any of the conditions listed below, please check with a medical practitioner whether it is suitable for you to undertake an exercise programme and bring a referral letter from your doctor to your tutor. If you have not checked, or if it is not suitable, please do not participate in an exercise or movement class.

- Do you ever have pains in your chest?
- Have you had any operations or injuries in the last year?
- Do you often feel faint or have spells of dizziness?
- Are you receiving medication for any condition?
- Do you have high blood pressure?
- Is there anything else we should know about your health?
- Do you have a bone or joint problem, such as arthritis, osteoporosis, back or knee problems?

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Demonstrations, explanations and corrections by the tutor. There will be practical work to music, and working in pairs and groups as well as individually.
A variety of equipment (provided) bands, weights etc will be used.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please wear comfortable clothing and supportive, soft-soled footwear, and bring a drink of water.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You can progress to do other suitable exercise classes with the Health and Wellbeing department.


Customer Reviews 16 item(s)

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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

A very enjoyable way of keeping active with a very friendly and supportive group of people and a lively and motivating tutor.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 18/03/2020)
The best thing about this course is that it makes fitness fun. It's a friendly class and you can work at your own level. It's varied and it's tailored to our needs. Come and join us!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 14/12/2019)
The whole of your body will improve its ability to move and balance better as far as is possible for you. It is safe the tutor is skliied and knows his still very well.
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Review by As above / (Posted on 02/12/2019)
It’s great fun and you feel so good afterwards. It really helps with your mobility and general wellbeing.
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Review by Nicola / (Posted on 02/12/2019)
Yes, I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to stay active and feel good.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 28/11/2019)
It provides a friendly and welcoming environment and is an excellent way of keeping fit and active in older life.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 27/11/2019)
It is friendly, fun and effective at keeping one active
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 17/07/2019)
A good way of maintaining fitness and of improving strength and balance
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 15/07/2019)
Our new tutor is very enthusiastic and encouraging. We have a thorough workout, working at our own level throughout. Have done this course for years with our previous tutor and it has made a huge difference to my general level of fitness, coordination, balance and strength.
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Review by Kate / (Posted on 30/03/2019)
An excellent way of improving, or maintaining fitness, particularly for someone who has not done exercise for many years.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 29/03/2019)
A very friendly welcoming group and a course which provides a range of exercises to maintain flexibility, balance and strength at levels suitable to the individuals.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 27/03/2019)
It's enjoyable
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 27/03/2019)
I would tell them that it is very good at keeping us all active and helping to prevent deterioration in our physical and mental health. It is also great fun and informative.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 13/12/2018)
Excellent way into exercise for someone who has not done any for many years.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 02/12/2018)
I look forward to the class each week. We learn a lot about physiology as well as practising a variety of exercises.
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Review by Daphne / (Posted on 18/04/2015)
Whilst providing exercise this course also gives insights into the issues of maintaining health and understanding how fitness can be achieved.. The instructor has a very creative attitude and inspires the learners.
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Review by NA / (Posted on 13/04/2015)
Tutor Biographies
Eveltos Pagdades

Eveltos began his career in fitness and wellbeing in 1990, the focus was delivering classes and workshops in London health clubs.Over the years he has continued to develop his teaching skills by adding Pilates and in 2016, moved to adult eduaction by completing a programme for over 50's health and wellbeing. It included the latest reseach from Birmingham University on the affects of ageing on our bodies and what exercise could to do to help and improve health. "It has been incredible to see the progress in students fitness and mobility at my City Lit courses, especially from students with limited movement or who have never exercised before."

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

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Course Code: FGM12

Please choose a course date 

Mon, day, 11 Jan - 29 Mar '21

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Full fee: £129.00
Senior fee: £103.00
Concession: £88.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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