A sure-fire way to banish the blues is to get active. Not necessarily in a ‘work-up-a-sweat’ way; any physical activity helps maintain bone strength, increases flexibility, improves balance and heart function, whilst lowering stress, and improving mood and self-confidence.
Gentle exercise brings the same health benefits as more vigorous exercise and carries less risk of injury than a long run, or pumping iron in your local gym.
Tai Chi and ‘Flexercise’ are two examples of gentle, health-improving activities available at Rotherham u3a.
Tai Chi, although essentially a martial art, is a mindful, slow and relaxing form of exercise, focusing on controlled breathing synchronised with flowing body movements. It’s suitable for anyone and any age. Sessions begin with warm-up and Chinese breathing exercises, followed by a sequence of slow, deliberate movements.
A fully qualified instructor explains, and demonstrates the stances and exercises, showing how each can be used in necessary self-defence. All new members receive one-on-one lessons until proficient. With regular practice, Tai Chi becomes a way of life.
If you’re interested, contact Roger Underwood on 07793 975221.
‘Flexercise’ is also taught by a qualified instructor, well-versed in the importance of controlled breathing and slow, deliberate muscle stretching and relaxation. It’s suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Everyone is encouraged to work within their own limits.
Exercises are based on yoga and keep fit movements aimed at gently exercising all parts of the body in turn, thus improving muscle strength, suppleness, circulation and overall health. Ten minutes’ relaxation to soothing music completes the session, promoting feelings of wellbeing and calm.
If you’re interested in ‘Flexercise’, contact Sue Cable on 07958 178681.
For more information on all u3a activities, visit www.u3asites.org.uk/rotherham.