Vivacity can you help you experience better mobility and fitness with a range of specialised classes. The classes are tailored to offer you support if you are living with a common health condition such as high blood pressure, diabetes or arthritis
These practical classes are led by fully-trained instructors with easy-to-follow exercises and helpful advice followed by a friendly chat and a FREE coffee. Take a look at our range of classes below and if you are living with a long-term health condition, maybe we can help.
Obesity, Diabetes and Hypertension Programme
Every Monday 10.45am-11.45am £2.50
Are you overweight, living with diabetes, high blood pressure or have a family history of heart disease? ■ This specialist class can help you increase your fitness levels and in doing so reduce high blood pressure, stabilise blood sugar levels and help reduce excess weight, all of which are risk factors of heart disease. ■ The class offers a mixture of toning and cardiovascular exercises in a circuit setting. ■ You will build confidence in exercising as well as enjoying the health benefits this class brings.
Every Monday 11.00am-12.00pm £2.50
Have you experienced the effects of a stroke? ■ This class can help you build up your body and core strength, overall fitness levels and stability. ■ You will be shown some effective functional exercises so that everyday living feels easier in your home. ■ You will gradually gain strength in the weaker areas of the body, improving balance and movement for more independence and a better quality of life.
Mobility Conditions and Injury Rehabilitation
Every Tuesday 10.45am-11.45am £2.50
Do you have impaired mobility, are you post-physiotherapy or are you living with a long-standing injury? ■ This specialist class focuses on strengthening injured or weakened joints and limbs and is a good follow on from physiotherapy. ■ The class offers strengthening, core and cardiovascular exercises to keep limbs and joints loose. ■ You will gradually increase strength in the weaker areas of the body, extending your range of movement whilst experiencing less pain.
Cardiac and Respiratory Programme
Every Wednesday 12.30pm-1.15pm £2.50
Is your life affected by asthma, emphysema or heart disease? ■ This class can help you by increasing your lung capacity and your cardiovascular fitness. ■ The exercises are a mixture of breathing technique, strength and cardiovascular exercises where you get to rest between stations in a controlled environment. ■ By increasing and decreasing your heart-rate you will gradually increase heart-muscle strength and your overall fitness levels.
NEW! Nordic Walking
Due to demand our popular walking scheme is expanding with the launch of Nordic Walking. This Scandinavian form of exercise is a fantastic way to enjoy outdoor walking whilst exercising the upper and lower body with the use of the specially designed walking poles. Come along and try our FREE local guided walks. All you need is a sensible pair of shoes – for Nordic Walking all the equipment will be provided. ■ For more information call the Walk Co-ordinator Kerry McCondach on 01733 864 738, email or see more at www.vivacity-peterborough.com/walkingforhealth
NEW! Martial Arts for Health
Every Wednesday 1.45pm-2.45pm £3.50
Looking for a low-impact exercise class to gently work the body and focus the mind? ■ This class can help you by encouraging gentle physical movements combined with mental concentration, helping to improve balance, muscle strength, flexibility and endurance, as well as providing psychological benefits. ■ The exercises consist of slow-moving exercises focusing on core strength, balance and flexibility. ■ The class provides many psychological and physical benefits. ■ Come along to our friendly classes and improve your quality of life today. ■ For more information call our friendly Health Services team on 01733 864 764, email or see more at www.vivacity-peterborough.com/healthservices
Every Thursday, 11.00am-12.00pm £2.50
Do you have arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or osteoporosis? ■ This class can help you by strengthening up the weaker areas of your body and the areas where there is pain or discomfort. ■ Cardiovascular and strength exercises help to manipulate affected joints without damage. ■ Gradually you will experience more freedom of movement and a reduction in pain.
Dementia and Alzheimer’s
Every Thursday 1.45pm-2.45pm £2.50
Are you or is someone you know living with the symptoms of dementia or Alzheimer’s? ■ This class can help those affected by stimulating memory and increasing fitness levels. ■ Exercises are based around repetitive cardiovascular movements to help with memory from week to week. ■ This regular low-impact cardiovascular workout is beneficial for mental health, with a structure to help people with memory loss and offer peer support.
Stress, Anxiety and Depression
Every Thursday 1.45pm-2.45pm £2.50
Are you affected by stressrelated illness, feelings of loneliness or mood swings? ■ This class will help break negative thought patterns and encourage the release of endorphins, the feel -good hormone. ■ Though the class focuses on cardiovascular exercise it also offers a friendly, supportive and welcoming environment. ■ This class will help increase confidence with strong peer and instructor support.
Walking for Health and Fun
You can enjoy regular exercise with our range of weekly walks across the city. These FREE guided walks take you along the city’s most scenic paths giving you the chance to meet people from your local community while you enjoy the great outdoors
Steven Wood, Cardiac Rehabilitation – ‘Miracles do occur!’
‘I started on the Cardiac Rehabilitation Class following a ‘stent’ procedure for a blocked artery in July 2014. The classes are stress-free and the friendly professionals give guidance without pushing you too far. I could only do two or three star jumps last year and now I can do a whole minute’s worth, so miracles do occur! I have gradually changed from being a tired 62 year old to being reasonably fit for my age. I have lost over a stone in weight in just one year, I’m never out of breath and I generally feel far better about myself and the way I look. What is really important though is that I know my heart appreciates the workout.’
Giovanni Grammatica, Heart Failure – ‘Once you start you will love going…’
‘Having had heart failure I’ve struggled with shortness of breath, swelling and fatigue. I joined the Phase 4 Cardiac Class which is not only enjoyable, I’m also able to exercise at my own pace. I can now sleep flat and find I’m no longer breathless. I can now do gardening, housework and I have returned to a normal routine. My heart and breathing have improved greatly and I can now walk long distances, lift heavy objects and even run and sprint. The instructors are really supportive and the classes have a relaxing atmosphere with different exercises each week. Once you start you will love going.’
Anthony Curtin, Respiratory Support – ‘I would highly recommend the class.’
‘I have Emphysema and hardening of the arteries in the heart. The class is definitely beneficial, you can exercise at a level that suits you and I have gained a degree of fitness that I didn’t previously have. There is excellent professional support from the instructors, who help correct your technique so you get the most from each exercise. I would highly recommend the class to those with similar conditions. It makes you conscious of how important exercise is in your life, especially as you get older.’