Group Exercise Sessions

Only around one in 10 Australians over the age of 50 exercise enough to gain cardiovascular benefit. About half of the physical decline associated with old age may be due to a lack of physical activity. People over the age of 65, more than any other age group, require adequate fitness and nutrition levels to help them maintain independence, recover from illness and reduce their high risk of disease.

What if you could change your life in the time it takes to watch your favourite TV show?

Half an hour of light exercise each day can reduce your risk of disease. We can help you stay active and avoid health issues such as heart disease, diabetes and depression.

What if you could avoid being one in four people injured in a fall each year?

Strength and balance training can reduce your risk being among the quarter of people over 60 who are injured in a fall every year.

What if you could change the trajectory of your journey?

Exercise is a key component of every Health Action Plan we prescribe. We understand exercise can be physically and emotionally challenging when you are dealing with chronic disease, weight issues, fatigue, or are recovering from an injury. We also understand that not everyone enjoys exercise (yet!) and gym equipment and weights can be intimidating for many.

Sound like you? Then UQ Healthy Living is the perfect place to start your friendship with fitness.

1. Supported Exercise Sessions

These sessions offer you an opportunity to undertake your Personal Exercise Program.

Unlike a gym, a qualified clinician will attend the floor at all times to answer your questions and offer support where required.

Sessions may also have the additional support of Exercise Physiology or Physiotherapy students, and a Cardiac Nurse.

Diabetes, cardiac and pulmonary clients in particular will benefit from the extra safety provided by monitored exercise, including glucose and heart rate testing where required.

Our state-of-the-art HUR Fitness Equipment is simple to use and can track your progress as well as altering machines to your prescribed posture and resistance. Simply attach your HUR wrist band, tap on, and get started.

This user-friendly, world-leading technology is suitable for all fitness levels, with low starting loads of 100gm to ensure safe workouts no matter what your current capability.

These machines also employ pneumatic air resistance matched to the body’s natural muscular movement to reduce the risk of injury.

The HUR SmartZone incorporates smartcard technology to automatically apply your prescribed resistance to network linked exercise machines. It provides a full body workout in less than 30 minutes and collects data for a client’s electronic record.

Session numbers are capped to ensure equipment is easily shared.

Access a regular schedule of Supported Exercise Sessions.

2. Circuit Classes

Under the instruction of a qualified exercise physiologist (EP) follow a series of varied, mild to moderate exercises for short intervals. A great way to make friends, strengthen a range of muscle groups and improve your cardiovascular health.

Access a regular schedule of Circuit Classes.

3. Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehab Classes

Follow your tailored Personal Exercise Program in this group session, alongside other survivors of heart and lung disease. Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab clients  will benefit from the extra safety provided by monitored exercise, including heart rate testing where required.

Qualified Exercise Physiologists will be on hand to support you and provide assistance where required to ensure your session is effective. A Cardiac Nurse also attends these sessions for your peace of mind.

Access a regular schedule of Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab Classes.

4. Special Feature Classes

Our Special Feature Classes are available from time to time, offering different types of activity to keep you inspired, for example:

Mindful Stretching Class

Gentle stretching and relaxation exercises to recharge body and mind. Join us for blissful floor-based stretching to relieve tense muscles and joints. Improve flexibility, coordination and balance; generate a sense of calm; and reduce anxiety, depression and insomnia.

Super Steady Class

Strength and balance training to help you avoid falls. A variety of exercise focussed on keeping you in control and prevent injury.

Special feature Classes will be added to What’s On as they become available.