There are many benefits to staying physically active, you can get to know new people, share a new experience and find confidence in learning something new.
You can find out more about exercise on the NHS website by clicking here: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/?tabname=fitness-guides
It is never too late to begin enjoying an active lifestyle. Regular physical activity and sport has also been proven to have a direct positive impact on our physical health and your emotional wellbeing such as
- Reducing your risk of major illness
- Improved self-esteem and mood
- Better quality sleep
More energy Below are some ideas you might like to consider to help you get active and healthy
Important notice – if you have any long term health conditions, please consult you GP prior to taking part in the following activities
- Fitness Classes
The staff at your local leisure centre will be able to give you advice and guidance about the different exercise and fitness classes. They can also help you to realise your goals for staying active and in shape.
To find your nearest leisure centre please click the following link: https://www.eastriding.gov.uk/leisure/leisure-centres-and-fitness/leisure-centres-and-swimming-finder/
What can I do at my local leisure centre
There are a range of facilities available to use. East Riding Leisure South Cave is a dry activities sports centre. East Riding Leisure South Holderness and East Riding Driffield are located next to schools who use them. It is advisable to contact them before you visit for access to their pools. The rest of the centres are multi-use facilities with both courts and pools.
For more comprehensive details please check their individual website (links below).
East Riding Leisure Beverley is a large facility, with outdoor playing fields and a skate park. Indoors it boasts an impressive eight lane pool, state-of-the-art gym, sports hall and meeting rooms.
East Riding Leisure Bridlington is situated on the seafront. The new state of the art facility offers a range of different activities including the splash zone and a clip 'n climb, climbing wall East Riding Leisure Bridlington (external East Riding website)
East Riding Leisure Driffield Leisure Centre has two pools, a sports hall and a 50 station gym. East Riding Leisure Driffield Leisure Centre (external East Riding website)
East Riding Leisure Francis Scaife in Pocklington has a modern gym, sports hall, swimming pool and exercise class room, suitable also for meetings. East Riding Leisure Francis Scaife (external East Riding website)
East Riding Leisure Goole has a swimming pool with an impressive water slide, function rooms, a sports hall and a newly refurbished gym. East Riding Leisure Goole (external East Riding website)
East Riding Leisure Haltemprice is one of the larger facilities situated in Anlaby. It has two pools, a recently updated gym, two sports halls, squash courts and a lot more to come and try. East Riding Leisure Haltemprice (external East Riding website)
Hornsea, Withernsea, South Cave and Preston
Please note: East Riding Leisure Hornsea is closed for redevelopment and is due to re-open Easter 2020.
The four other centres have a range of facilities on offer. East Riding Leisure Hornsea and East Riding Leisure Withernsea are both situated in coastal towns.
They offer swimming pools, sports halls and gyms.
East Riding Leisure South Cave is a dry side facility, with a sports hall. East Riding Leisure South Holderness is located in the village of Preston. It has a range of facilities including pool, gym and sports hall.
Exercise in your own Home
If you feel that going to a fitness class is not for you, but still want to stay active, you might like to try some of the virtual fitness services that are available.
There is a wide range of cycling routes in East Yorkshire allowing you to explore the local area. From easy routes for families and new riders through to more challenging rides for the more experienced cyclist, there is something for everyone. East Riding of Yorkshire Council has developed a series of free leisure cycle route maps, which are available for the following areas:
- North Holderness
- South Holderness
To find out more click here: https://www.visithullandeastyorkshire.com/yorkshire-wolds/Big-Skies-Rides.aspx
Road safety for cyclists
Better By Bike promotes safe and responsible cycling that doesn’t endanger or inconvenience other road users. In this section you will find useful tips on how to keep you and others safe on the road and paths.
For more information visit : https://betterbybike.info/start-cycling/get-cycling/road-safety-for-cycling
Another great way to stay active and in shape is to join a fitness class. There are several different types of fitness classes you can join depending on what you want to achieve. Here are some of the most popular fitness classes available -
Aerobics is designed to increase your heart rate and improve your overall cardiovascular system. Aerobics classes are done in time to ‘dance’ music while the instructor goes through a set of routines for you to follow.
As the name suggests these classes are done in a swimming pool in waist height water. The added water resistance puts more pressure on your body to help strengthen your muscles. There are various levels of class you can do from beginner to more advanced classes.
Body combat is an exercise class which combines martial arts techniques to give you an intensive aerobic workout.
Body pump is a great way to start resistance training to strengthen muscles, but do not feel confident in the gym. It involves doing repeated reps (such as chest press, shoulder press, bicep curl etc.) to music, using very light equipment as an instructor leads you through the programme.
Circuit Training requires you to undertake a range of different exercises (sit ups, star jumps, skipping etc.) in intervals of between 30 seconds to two minutes. Each circuit is complete once you have gone round all the exercise stations once and each circuit usually gets more intense as the class progresses. This class can help strengthen muscles and improve your cardiovascular system at the same time.
Crossfit combines both cardio and resistance training together in order to give you a full body workout. This class is something that you would consider doing once you are at a certain level of fitness.
Extend is a great option for older people and for people with mobility difficulties. The class is much less strenuous than a normal fitness class and is done sitting in a chair.
Legs, bums and tums
This class helps to tone certain areas of your body and improve co-ordination and is usually less intense than average fitness class
Is an intensive fitness class using specialist exercise bikes and is ideal for people who are not confident or feel unsafe riding a bike.
Strength and Conditioning
Strength and Conditioning and core stability are classes that are designed to improve muscle strength, along with co-ordination and balance.
Thai Chi and Yoga
Thai Chi and Yoga builds flexibility and co-ordination and is physically less intensive then most fitness classes. Another great way to stay active and in shape is to join a fitness class. There are several different types of fitness classes you can join depending on what you want to achieve.
Zumba is a great way to stay in shape and have fun. Like aerobics, you follow an instructor but there is less emphasis on staying in time. As long as you are moving and generally following the moves and having fun you are doing Zumba right.
To find fitness classes near you please go to our community directory
Or Follow link to find ERYC leisure centres near you: https://www.eastriding.gov.uk/leisure/leisure-centres-and-fitness/leisure-centres/
Walk or run
Going for a walk or run is a great way to stay active and depending on your need is probably the least expensive.
Walking for health
Walking for Health is England’s largest network of health walks with over 375 active schemes, helping people across the country lead a more active lifestyle. Walking for Health can provide you advice and information to help you get started as well as helping you to find a walk in your area.
Visit the walk for health website: https://www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/
12 Fitness plan
The 12 week fitness plan has been created by NHS Choices and gives you a flexible approach to improving your fitness. Access the 12 weeks fitness plan here (opens in a new window) https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/12-week-fitness-plan/