Age is no barrier to enjoying a fantastic autumn

Now that there is a nip in the air and the days are getting shorter, why not warm yourself up by taking part in a new activity?

Age UK Berkshire offers a range of activities that are geared towards the needs of people aged 50+.

Whatever your level of fitness or ability, we will have something that will suit you.

Budding Robin Hoods can take part in archery classes, while the more energetic can take part in energising Zumba Gold sessions.

This is a popular Latin-music dance-fitness programme which is fun and a good way to burn calories.

Zumba Gold suits those who don’t want to or are unable to exercise intensely. Its moves are not as fast as regular Zumba, and you can take part sitting down.

Tai Chi is one of AgeUK’s most popular classes. This martial art inspired class combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle movements. Studies have shown that Tai Chi can help people to reduce stress, improve balance and general mobility, and increase muscle strength in the legs.

It is ideal for older people wanting to raise their activity levels gently and gradually. Many of the Tai Chi movements can even be adapted to people with a disability, including wheelchair users. Most of the classes offer a seated option.

If you would like to join a walking group, then there are several options on offer. A weekly Health Walk takes place every week along the banks of the Thames at Caversham, so is on flat, level ground.

Ever-popular Historical Walks are held monthly, each one exploring a different area of Reading looking at our fascinating architecture, industry and history.

It also has a guided Scenic and Photographic Walk which visits our local beauty spots – yes, there are lots in Reading! There is no charge for attending these walks, but AgeUK asks you to call to register.

New this autumn is a Nordic Walking beginner’s course. This eight-week introduction to the popular sport costs just £20 and starts on Monday, October 7. There are just a few spaces remaining. Once you have completed the beginner’s course, you can join the improver’s group which also meets on a weekly basis.

Most of AgeUK’s activities cost £3.50 per session. There is no joining fee and no paying for missed classes – you just pay as you go. You even get to come along and try your first class for free!

Many of the classes include refreshments, so it is a chance to make new friends and catch up with old ones over a cuppa.

Classes are available every week day at different venues in and around Reading and Age UK promises a warm welcome!

For more information, please contact Age UK’s Active & Healthy coordinators Marveta Hinds or Ruth McEwan on 0118 959 4242. You can also email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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