The Fit4Life project is currently on hold pending future funding application.

Please get in touch with Claire Roberts, Services Manager on 023 8036 8636 or email to register your interest and be advised when the project is back up and running.

What is the Fit4Life Project?

Fit4Life is a two year programme sponsoring three very different exercises classes in the Shirley area. Classes are run by friendly and experienced instructors and are tailored for older people who would like the opportunity to become more physically active.

Fit4Life is suitable for people of all abilities; whether you are fit and active, have difficulty walking and getting around, or are worried about falling.

Watch our latest video on Fit4Life, filmed and edited by Christine Rosenberg, one of our volunteers who produced this video for her final year Photo Journalism course at Solent University.


Why Fit4Life?

Research has shown that gentle exercise can benefit most people but also those living with arthritis, osteoporosis, Parkinson's, heart disease, heart disease, asthma, high blood pressure, depression to name but a few. General health and wellbeing can make a big difference to your quality of life, whatever your age.

This project was funded by Comic Relief and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIOWCF).

Fit4Life funders

Gentle Dance Exercise

The classes keep me fit and active and I’ve met new friends” - Millie, 82, Bassett

This is a gentle and fun seated exercise class especially for those who may have limited mobility or difficulty standing for periods of time. It is a low-intensity workout that will help increase flexibility, balance and coordination and general activity.

Our trained instructor will encourage you to be expressive with your movements using a range of props that combine to create a relaxed and enjoyable session.

Dance Exercise

"Thoroughly enjoyable” – Violet, 86, Bassett

Designed as a 'low-medium' workout, Dance Exercise would be suitable for those wanting a bit more activity. Set to feel-good music from the 60s to present day, this session has a variety of exercises and routines that can be done either stood up or sat down.

The class may help people with restricted mobility and may also help improve long-term immobility. It stimulates memory and alertness, help coordination and maintains longer term independence. It's also lots of fun and provides a great opportunity to let your hair down!


Tai Chi

Tai Chi is becoming more widespread and is a common form of activity designed to improve physical and mental wellbeing.

It is purported that by focusing the mind solely on the movements of your body it can help bring about a state of mental calm and clarity. The physical movement is a low-intensity workout that can be performed either sat down or standing up improving joint mobility, muscle strengh, blood circulation, breathing, balance and coordination.

The class is friendly and relaxed and is a fun exercise you can enjoy whilst meeting new people and getting fitter at the same time.