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Active Ageing

​​Active Ageing in Leeds is for people who are aged 45 and over...

We know that you will have different physical activity needs at different stages of your life. Active ageing is about enjoying recreation and socialising, preventing illness and maintaining mobility, independence and quality of life through physical activity.

Where can I take part?

  • Leeds City Council Leisure Centres
  • Leeds Sailing and Activity Centre
  • Active Life Sessions, a programme especially designed for the over 50’s that can include more than one activity in each session (aerobics, circuits, gym). For more information about this please contact your local leisure centre
  • Falls Prevention Postural Stability Classes - Leeds City Council offer a structured 20 week programme of exercise for people at risk of falls. The programme is delivered by qualified instructors in a range of leisure centres and community centres across Leeds. The programme is designed for people with low mobility and focuses on improving balance, confidence and to reduce the fear of falling.
  • Falls Prevention Quality Assurance Scheme- Leeds City Council Provides Support for community based exercise providers to ensure they are delivering safe and effective exercise classes to people who are at risk of falls. To attain the 'Make it Fall Proof' award, classes have been fully assessed to ensure they deliver the right level and standard of class for older people. The 'Make it Fall Proof' award gives providers a range of support to enhance their programmes and allows them to bid for small grants to enhance their service
  • Parks Leeds has some fantastic green space for activities such as walking, cycling and fun games like Rounders and Frisbee.
  • External link opens in new windowSports Clubs
  • Find activities and health information at External link opens in new windowOne You
  • For information and courses on fall prevention visit External link opens in new window NHS Choices
  • If you would like to know more about getting active for free visit Leeds Let's Get Active ​​​
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    What is recommended

    • No matter your age or physical condition you are likely to benefit from being more active.
    • Aim to be active daily. At least 150 minutes (2½ hours) of moderate intensity activity in bouts of 10 minutes or more every week.
    • Alternatively, comparable benefits can be achieved through 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity spread across the week or combinations of moderate and vigorous intensity activity.​
    • Aim to also undertake physical activity to improve muscle strength on at least two days a week.
    • Minimise the amount of time spent being sedentary for extended periods.
    • Older adults at risk of falls should incorporate physical activity to improve balance and coordination on at least two days a week.

    National Physical Activity Guidelines

    Opens in new windowPhysical Activity Guidelines for 19 - 64 years (PDF, 567 KB)

    Opens in new windowPhysical Activity Guidelines for 65+ years (PDF, 461 KB)

    For help with other services and advice please go to External link opens in new tabAge UK Leeds


    Active Life Timetables

    Active Life Sessions

    - Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    Aireborough 10.15am-11.15am
    Gym: 9.15am-10.15am
    - Aerobics
    Aerobics: 10am-11am Aerobics: 10am-11am
    Armley 9am-12pm 9am-12pm 9am-12pm 9am-12pm 9am-12pm
    Fearnville - 11am-1pm - - -
    Holt Park 9.30am-10.30am - 9.30am-10.30am - -
    John Smeaton 10.45am-11.45am - - - -
    Kippax - - - 1pm-2.30pm
    Kirkstall - 2pm-3pm - 10.30am-11.30am -
    Morley 10am-1pm - 10am-1pm - 10am-1pm
    Pudsey 9am-12pm - - - 9am-12pm
    Rothwell 8.30am-10am
    Circuits: 8.30am-9.15am
    Step: 8.30am-9.15am
    8.30am-10am 8.30am-10am
    Scott Hall Aerobics: 10.15am-11.30am - - 12.30pm-3.30pm
    Aerobics: 2pm-3.30pm

    Sessions suitable for Active Ageing customers

    - Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
    Fearnville - - Aqua Aerobics 7pm-8pm - Aqua Aerobics
    - -
    Holt Park - - Chair Based Exercise
    Aqua Aerobics
    - -​ -
    John Smeaton - - - Aqua Aerobics 9.15am-10am Gentle Exercise
    - -
    Kippax - Line Dancing
    - - - - -
    Morley - Aqua Aerobics 6.30pm-7.15pm - - - - -
    Rothwell - - - Aqua Aerobics 7.45pm-8.30pm Aqua Aerobics
    Pilates (Beginner) 9.15am-10.15am
    - -
    Scott Hall - Aqua Aerobics
    - - - - -
    Wetherby Zumba Gold 10.30am-11.15am - Aqua Aerobics 9.15am-10am - - - -