Stay in and work out with our free home exercise classes to boost your physical and mental health

Published: Wednesday, 13 May, 2020

Stroud District Council is supporting the Sport England #StayInWorkOut campaign by launching a series of free online fitness classes.

SDC’s Healthy Lifestyles scheme incorporates a variety of exercise classes, including Better Balance classes which aim to help prevent falls, and Cancer Rehab classes for people who are living with, or recovering from cancer. Mummy & Me classes that were launched in January are for new mothers to exercise with their children.

When the classes were suspended as a response to the Coronavirus pandemic, all participants were provided with a 30-day exercise programme so they could continue exercising while at home.

Healthy Lifestyle classes will restart from Monday 18 May as live online classes, rather than taking place in village halls and leisure centres,

Hannah Drew, Stroud District Council’s Health & Wellbeing Officer said:

“We normally see over 200 people a week at our classes across the district. The programmes we sent members were well received, but we are excited to go one step further and deliver classes online. These have the benefit of being able to see the exercises demonstrated by an instructor, and feeling part of a community.”

The classes will be delivered by qualified instructors from Stroud District Council, SDC’s leisure centre The Pulse in Dursley, and Stratford Park Leisure Centre in Stroud, which is owned by Stroud District Council and operated by Everyone Active.

The #StayInWorkOut Healthy Lifestyles classes include: -

  • Better Balance
  • Cardiac Rehab
  • Respiratory Rehab
  • Living with or beyond Cancer
  • Mummy & Me
  • Junior Fitness Classes
  • Tai chi rehab

Hannah added: “We have written to all our clients to inform them about the new online classes. But we would also welcome anyone in the Stroud district who feels these classes might benefit them.

“All the classes are free-of-charge but we are encouraging participants to make a donation to NHS Charities Together.”

A medical referral isn’t needed to join an online class. New participants are asked to complete an online form and will then be contacted by an instructor who will confirm the suitability of the class.

Cllr Mattie Ross, chair of Stroud District Council’s Community Services & Licensing Committee said:

“It’s marvellous that these classes are now available online. We know that staying at home can be very lonely, especially if people are self-isolating. Having the option of taking part in an online class will be a real benefit.”

If you don’t think a Healthy Lifestyles class is suitable for you, why not join an online exercise class created by instructors at the Pulse leisure centre?

More than 40 classes are available to access at any time including Spin, Pilates, bootcamp, kettlebell, aerobics and Tabata.

The Pulse also broadcasts live exercise classes on its Facebook page @thepulsedursley, and yoga and Pilates via Zoom. Contact for full details.

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