The Self Care theme for April is Physical Activity - below is a list of fun activities and services which aim to keep people fit an healthy. Have a look below and find something to join today!
Get Active is a structured 12 week exercise programme which is fully supported by qualified exercise referral specialists. The programme includes a variety of activities ranging from supervised gym workouts, Easy Aquacise, Easy Pilates, and outdoor activities such as walking and cycling.
Get Active is currently offered in selected leisure centres across Kingston, each session costs £3.80. Reduced rate gym membership is offered to those who complete the full 12 week course.
Adults (16 years and over) who currently have one or more of the following conditions can join the programme:
- Risk of heart disease (e.g. family history, smoking, overweight, obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure).
- Risk of osteoporosis (e.g. heavy drinker, early menopause).
- Controlled asthma and COPD.
- Mild to moderate osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and back pain.
- Anxiety, depression, stress and controlled mental health conditions.
- Have a sedentary lifestyle (exercise less than 30 minutes twice a week) and want to take the first steps towards a healthy lifestyle.
To join Get Active, check with your GP or health professional that you are suitable for the programme and ask them to complete a Get Active referral form. You can call the Get Active team directly on 020 8547 6815 or email [email protected] for more information.
Active Kingston Card
The Active Kingston Card allows residents of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames to enjoy discounts on a wide range of activities at participating leisure centres across the borough.
To be eligible you must be a resident of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames and candidates only need to be one of the remaining bullets to qualify, but all must be residents:
- Aged 60 or over.
- Receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance.
- Receiving Income Support.
- Receiving Income Related Support Allowance (ESA).
- Receiving Carer’s Allowance.
- A full time student in further or higher education.
- An adult/young person registered disabled or receiving a disability benefit.
- In foster care, or a child looked after by The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.
For more information, contact the sports and leisure team on 020 8547 5000 or take a look at our sports webpages.
Parkrun - free
A free 5km timed run, jog or walk, open to all abilities. Every Saturday at 9am. People can take part at their own level and pace, whether it's a jog, run or walk. Ages 14 plus.
Adjacent to the Hawker Centre on the towpath, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey.
Junior Parkrun - free
A fun and varied 2k run for juniors only (from four to 14 year olds). Every Sunday at 9.30am.
Alexandra Recreation Ground, King Charles Road. KT5 9BE.
For more information on both events, visit the ParkRun website.
Kingston healthy walks - free
A range of graded walks for all abilities. Varied parks and open spaces across Kingston.
Please contact Healthy Lifestyle Helpline for specific details: 020 8547 6815. Find out more on the Healthy Walks website.
18 plus good energy club - free/low cost
A programme of varied activities to improve mental health and wellbeing
Held at a number of parks and community locations across Kingston at various times.
Contact 07772 920416 for more information
Bikeability Level 1 and 2 Easter Programme
Weekly courses for Year 5 pupils and above. Held from 10am to 12noon. Not suitable for complete beginners.
Kingston, New Malden and South of the Borough. For more information, visit the Bikeability webpages.
Email: [email protected]
Bikeability Advanced Level 2 and 3 Programme
A free one-to-one session for Level 2 achievers, aiming at doing longer cycle journeys independently. Anywhere in the Kingston and Sutton boroughs. We can come to you.
For more information, visit the Bikeability webpages.
Email: [email protected]
School holidays - from 10am to 12pm, or 1 to 3pm.
Cycle Skills for Adults
Free one-to-one session for adults and families. Includes complete beginners and advanced. Anywhere in the Kingston and Sutton boroughs. We come to you.
Monday to Friday. Limited availability on Saturdays.
A wealth of fun ideas and easy ways to increase physical activity for all the family. Find out more by visiting the Change4Life website.
One You (Active 10)
A brisk 10 minute walk every day can make a difference to your health. Each 10 minute burst of exercise is known as an "Active 10".
Download the free Active 10 app to keep track of how much brisk walking you're doing and how you can do more. It's easy to use and helps you set your goals for the day. More information is on the One You website.
Park Fit - for all ages
Free fitness in Kingston's various parks. For more information, visit the Park Fit website.
Football - women only, aged 30 plus
£2 per session.
Kingsmeadow Athletics Fitness Centre Every Saturday 12 to 1pm. Email [email protected] for more information.
INSPIRE - Disability Multi Sport for aged 8+
St Philips School Sports Hall, Chessington Monday's (fortnightly) from 6 to 7.30pm. For more information, see the INSPIRE website.
Special Olympics Surrey
Sports for age 8+ with a learning disability. Visit the Special Olympics website for more information.
Women Only Gym and Swimming
Held at the Malden Centre in New Malden. Various times.
Find out more by visiting the Malden Centre website or calling the Malden Centre on 020 8336 7770.
£3 per session. Held at the The King's Centre, Coppard Gardens, Chessington, KT9 2GZ. Thursdays from 8.30 to 9.30pm
Contact: [email protected]
A social inclusion programme for young people aged 11 to 19 years.
This programme is delivered by Fulham FC Foundation and works to engage with disadvantaged young people. Find out more on the Fulham FC website.
Couch to 5k
Couch to 5K has been designed to get you off the couch and running in just 9 weeks. For more information, visit the NHS website.
Mind United FC
Run by Mind in Kingston and meets once a week for training and competes in the Surrey Community League. Find out more by visiting the Mind website.
Mind in Kingston runs a community allotment in Tolworth, which offers local people with mental health issues the opportunity to grow fruit and vegetables, and learn more about healthy eating. Gardening and being outdoors are proven to help people with mental health issues and improve mood, lessen anxiety and help people relax. The project is open to anyone with a mental health condition or issue, who will benefit from ecotherapy and is interested in learning about growing and tending plants, different varieties of fruit and vegetables and what to do with them. Find out more on the Mind website.
COMING SOON - GoodGym Kingston
What's GoodGym? Forget the gym, we get fit by doing good. Our community of runners and qualified trainer will help you achieve your fitness goals by doing physical work that helps your community. More information is on the GoodGym website.