Retirement for Beginners: Time to be healthy

Course Dates: 30/11/19
Time: 11:00 - 14:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Retirement is the chance to ditch the gym’s treadmill and spinning class in favour of planting in a community garden or going on an archaeological dig. This course is all about finding an appealing and healthier lifestyle.


What is the course about?

With your full-time job a thing of the past, there should be more time for exercise and a healthy diet. However, the sofa and TV can be tempting unless we find something more enjoyable to do. How can we find new ways of getting enough of the right sort of exercise and the right diet?

What will we cover?

How to find and commit to a regular activity
Aerobic exercise - what is enjoyable (and safe) for the older participant?
Exercise choices for mobility, strength and flexibility
What could replace our cravings for salt, sugar and alcohol?
Switching off – trying to overcome our 21st century addiction to “busyness.

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

Name one preferred method of getting regular aerobic exercise
Name one preferred method of getting regular exercise for strengthening and flexibility
Identify 2 new healthy food or drink choices
Identify a preferred way to switch off.

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

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.

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

The tutor is a semi retired BBC producer who will share her own experiences of keeping fit, along with a guest speaker. There will be a hand-out with useful contacts.
Mini lecture

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

Pen, paper, notebook.

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

Further retirement for beginners’ courses.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to
Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details.

Tutor Biographies
Jenny Bardwell

A "semi-retired" BBC producer, Jenny has been a fan of adult education since she did her A level English Literature at the Working Men's College. She went on to work as a BBC producer at the Open University, where she created television and radio programmes for adult learners. Jenny now works part-time in broadcasting and adult education. She is also on a mission to find satisfying ways of filling her leisure time without spending too much money. She volunteers on the Information Desk at Somerset House, has conducted garden tours at Polesden Lacey and acted as events usher for the Royal Society of Literature. Jenny has also walked dogs for The Cinnamon Trust, visited the elderly and performed with amateur dramatic societies, choirs and worked in a community cafe. She says: "I see retirement as a chance to try things out, go down interesting paths without quite the same pressure to prove ourselves. The post-war generations are the first to experience the possibilities of a really fruitful 'Third Age'. Our only dilemma is which options to choose".

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.

Book your place

Course Code: FTR05

Sat, day, 30 Nov - 30 Nov '19

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £39.00
Senior fee: £39.00
Concession: £39.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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