Exercises Programs

“MOVE IT OR LOSE IT.”

Regular exercise is critical for the maintenance of joint mobility and strength as well as to prevent falls which can lead to fracture. Click here for more information on current exercise programs.

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Warm Water Exercise
Strength and Balance
Tai Chi
Yoga

If you have Arthritis or Osteoporosis there is a lot you can do to help yourself, starting with the right sort of exercise.

Warm Water Exercise

Warm water exercise is offered in five hydrotherapy pools in Canberra. Water based exercise is particularly beneficial for those with musculoskeletal conditions. Being non-weight-bearing it is kind to sore joints. It should be clearly understood that the WWX supervisors do not provide instruction and cannot give advice on exercises for other members. Members are advised to seek advice from their health care professional before joining this program.

How to attend WWX

  1. Become a member of Arthritis ACT. Please note that there is an additional fee for members who want to attend WWX, this is indicated on the membership application. Click here for the Membership Application Form
  2. A Medical Clearance Form signed by your doctor is required prior to acceptance into the WWX program. Click here for Medical Clearance Form
  3. Have your Physiotherapist, Exercise Physiologist, Osteopath or other exercise specialist design your personalised warm water exercise program.
  4. Purchase tickets to WWX. Click here to buy Warm Water Exercise tickets online.
  5. Review session timetable  and contact Arthritis ACT to confirm details.
  6. Attend WWX.
  7. Be aware of the pool rules. Click here to download the pool rules.

 

Session timetables are also available in languages other than English please use links below to download a timetable.

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Warm Water Exercise Program (Conditions Apply)

Canberra Hospital Pool
8 sessions weekly ($5.60 per session)

Black Mountain Pool
3 sessions weekly ($5.60 per session)

Club MMM next to CISAC Belconnen
3 sessions weekly ($5.60 per session)

Calvary John James Hospital Pool
3 sessions weekly ($5.60 per session)

Gold Creek Pool – Nicholls
2 sessions weekly ($5.60 per session)

Download the warm water exercise brochure (PDF, 364 KB).

Buy Warm Water Exercise tickets online

Strength and Balance

This is an entry level exercise program designed to improve balance, flexibility, strength and confidence in completing everyday tasks.

The program is run over 10 sessions with the first and last sessions consisting of a small series of assessments, in addition to the completion of strength based exercises. The remaining 8 sessions focus entirely on the designed strength program.

Sessions are overseen by a qualified fitness leader however it must be understood that the exercise leader cannot provide individual medical advice.  Participants are advised to seek advice from their health care professional regarding suitability of the program before joining.

Click here to view session times, dates and prices for 2017. For further information please contact Arthritis ACT on 1800 011 041 or email info@arthritisact.org.au .

Tai Chi

Arthritis ACT offers Tai Chi for Health & Falls Prevention.

The Tai Chi class is led by a qualified physiotherapist. The sessions are one hour each week during school terms and are designed to be fun, relaxing and enjoyable.

Tai Chi is an ancient practice proven to reduce pain and improve your mental and physical well-being.  It is a low impact exercise that improves strength, flexibility and balance.  Routines are safe, easy to learn and suitable for every fitness level.

Benefits to You

The Tai Chi Program will help you:

*       Reduce stress

*       Increase balance and flexibility

*       Feel relaxed

*       Improve your overall mind, body and spirit

Classes are popular and places are limited!!

Click here to view session times, dates and prices for 2017. For further information please contact Arthritis ACT on 1800 011 041 or email info@arthritisact.org.au.

Yoga

Arthritis ACT offers Yoga & Chair Yoga classes throughout the year.

Enjoy the health benefits of yoga, including improved muscle tone, better breathing habits, reduction of stress, better sleep, and a sense of well-being.

Chair yoga is a general term for practices that modify yoga poses so that they can be done while seated in a chair. These modifications make yoga accessible to people who cannot stand or lack the mobility to move easily from standing to seated to supine positions. Many of the basic body mechanics of the individual postures are retained, no matter the stance of the practitioner. While seated on chairs, participants can do versions of twists, hip stretches, forward bends, and mild backbends. In addition to a good stretch, chair yoga participants can also enjoy other health benefits of yoga, including improved muscle tone, better breathing habits, reduction of stress, better sleep, and a sense of well-being.

Click here to view session times, dates and prices for 2017. For further information please contact Arthritis ACT on 1800 011 041 or email info@arthritisact.org.au.

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