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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Hydrotherapy Classes
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.

Hydrotherapy Classes

These classes are lead by a qualified Exercise Physiologist.  Come and join our TEAM at The Canberra Hospital or University of Canberra Hospital pool!

Details below.

Payment

Classes cost $10 per class for Arthritis ACT members – Membership with Arthritis ACT costs $67.00 per year or $49.00 for concession.

No bookings are needed, however payment upon attendance is required.

Participants must have current medical clearance form signed.

University of Canberra Hospital Pool

Monday, 5.00 – 6.00 pm Hydro Motion
Wednesday, 5.00 – 6.00 pm Hydro Pulse

The Canberra Hospital Pool

Wednesday, 9.00 am – 9.45 am Hydro Tai Chi
Wednesday, 10.00 am – 11.00 am Hydro Motion
Wednesday, 11.00 am – 12.00 noon General Hydrotherapy
Wednesday, 12.00 noon – 1.00 pm Hydro Pulse
Friday, 9.00 am – 10.00 am Hydro Motion
Friday, 10.00 am – 11.00 am Hydro Pulse
Friday, 11.00 am – 12.00 noon General Hydrotherapy
Friday, 12.00 noon – 1.00 pm Hydro Motion

Classes ($10 per class for Arthritis ACT members) – Membership with Arthritis ACT costs $67.00 per year or $49.00 for concession.

Hydro Tai Chi: Tai Chi movements conducted in water, focusing on balance and body movement. This class is low intensity and designed for those with limited mobility or balance concerns.
Hydro Motion: Exercises conduced in water focusing on strengthening joints and improving balance. These classes are low-moderate intensity and will focus on strengthening upper and lower limbs.
Hydro Pulse: A moderate-high intensity aqua aerobics class, focusing on movements to music. This class is designed to improve range of motion, strength and cardiovascular endurance whilst using water resistance to reduce impact on joints.
General Hydrotherapy: Normal hydrotherapy sessions open to members of Arthritis ACT completing individual programs. Attendee need to purchase WWX tickets from Arthritis ACT office to attend this session.

Click here to download a brochure.

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. 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 by calling the office on 1800 011 041 or visit one of our two locations.
  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.

Warm Water Exercise Program (Conditions Apply)

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

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

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

University of Canberra Hospital Pool – Bruce
11 sessions weekly ($5.60 per session)

Download the warm water exercise brochure

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.

Arthritis ACT also conducts casual exercise classes weekly each Wednesday at 11.00 am to 12 noon.  Venue for these classes is Arthritis ACT, 170 Haydon Drive, Bruce.  Cost is $10.00 per session.  To register for these classes call 1800 011 041.  Payment at time of registration is essential.

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 Term 2 2019. 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 exercise physiologist. The sessions are 45 minutes 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 Term 2 2019. 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 2019. For further information please contact Arthritis ACT on 1800 011 041 or email info@arthritisact.org.au.

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