Generation Games is Age UK Oxfordshire’s physical activity service. Our aim is very simple: to help you get moving and enjoy life to the full.
It’s never too late to start exercising – and it’s one of the most effective ways to maintain independence and to ensure we stay steady on our feet. Generation Games has a wide choice of physical activity opportunities on offer across Oxfordshire, from Tai Chi to chair-based exercise and Zumba Gold. We also have specialist sessions suitable for people with Parkinson's or Strength & Balance classes for people worried about their balance.
Speak to your GP or health professional to find out about being referred for 6 weeks of Strength & Balance classes.
Why is being fit and strong important – am I too old?
Fitness in later life is so important in enabling you to continue to do what you enjoy. Our aim is for you to be as fit and energetic as you would like to be, whether that means being flexible enough to bend easily to tie your shoelaces, strong enough to open a jar, or having the stamina to chase around after lively grandchildren. And the best bit is that it is never too late to start.
Exercise classes provide the perfect opportunity to have fun and socialise too, so why not get in your guideline amount of physical activity while meeting up with friends and making new ones.
How Generation Games works
Registering with Generation Games is easy to do and is completely free. You can either register online by visting our Generation Games website, or you can register over the phone by calling us on 01235 849 403.
Once registered you will be able to:
- Receive copy of our extremely popular free 'Gentle Exercise at Home' DVD to get you started
- Find out which sessions are on near you that you might enjoy
- Get a personalised recommendation of what activity might suit you
- Log your own personal activity, earn points and receive rewards
- Receive regular news, advice and updates
Here are just a few of the most popular exercise classes that we offer, and we can signpost you to many more across Oxfordshire. If you live in an area where you feel there is a lack of exercise provision we would love to hear from you and try to set up a session for you.
Exercise to Music
These sessions involve standing routines that work on your general fitness, coordination, flexibility, balance and strength. No need for jumping, just fun moves to keep you moving. Ideal if you like to move to music.
This is an ancient form of Chinese exercise that combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow gentle movements. Tai Chi is great for working on balance and strength, as well as reducing stress. Some sessions are done to calming music.
Chair-Dancing: chair-based exercise to music
These classes are mainly performed sitting down and often with a short (optional) standing section to practice balance. The classes work on improving strength by using Therabands, body weight and sometimes hand weights. Other equipment such as batons, scarves or pom poms may be used to improve coordination. Great for keeping active - especially if you are less mobile. In many classes the group will have a cup of tea and a chat afterwards too. We recommend that you wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
Big, Bold and Balance
This exercise session is aimed at people with Parkinson’s and for those who want to improve their strength and balance. Chairs are used as a support and range of equipment is used. The sessions are designed to help boost your confidence, and they are also a very sociable and supportive group.
Strength & Balance
Simple strength, balance, flexibility and mobility is the focus for this class. Some time will be spent working on practising going down and up from the floor (or kneeling). Uses chair as a support as well as a range of equipment. It is ideal for people who are worried about their balance.
We recommend that you consult your GP before undertaking any new form of exercise, after a long period of inactivity or if you are concerned in any way.
Generation Games - Gentle Exercise at Home DVD
Get in touch
If you would like to find out more about keeping active and opportunities that are in your area: