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ACTIVE FOR LIFE – CLASS REVIEWS

Harbour Sport’s Green Prescription Team (GRx) are reviewing exercise classes, both online and in-person (Waitemata), to provide Grx members with more physical activity choices. Each class is reviewed by a Healthy Lifestyle Advisor and ranked based on effort level (low, medium, or high impact).

IN-PERSON CLASSES

CLASS MAP

We have reviewed various classes within the Waitemata region. Each class is ranked by level of ease, these levels are as follows:

 

Green Pins = Low-Impact Classes

Blue Pins = Medium-Impact Classes

Yellow Pins = High-Impact Classes

Click each pin for information on each class.

 

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ONLINE CLASSES

Reviewed By: Sunny

Online Provider: NHS Fitness Studio

Class: Back Pain Pilates 

Class Cost: FREE

Description: This video Demonstrates Pilates Exercises that are suitable for chronic back pain. The class starts up with a gentle full body Dynamic warm-up. After that, the routine shifts into more core stability work on the mat. These exercises keep changing while shifting the emphasis on side abs, Glute muscles, Deep core muscles, Hip and Hip opening exercises which help to ease back pain.

Reviewed By: Wanakia

Online Provider: NHS Fitness Studio

Class: Pilates for Arthritis

Class Cost: FREE

Description: This video demonstrates pilate-inspired exercises that are suitable for people with arthritis. The 32-minute class begins in a standing position and focuses on warming up the entire body using gentle exercises. Following the warm-up, there is a shift to floor-based movements on the mat. The following sequence focuses on the release and mobilisation of the lower back, spine, and hips.

Reviewed By: Vanessa

Online Provider: AgeFit Exercise and Balance Programme

Class: AgeFit

Class Contact: info@agefit.co.nz

Class Cost: FREE

Description: Home exercise and balance video programs prescribed for seniors., but suitable for anyone with limited mobility, post or pre-op. Functional exercise helping you enjoy everyday activities and hobbies through being stronger, more balanced, and more mobile. Exercises are grouped into simple sets, clearly explained, and easy to follow. Seated and standing options are available. Classes are 45 min including warm-up and stretching to finish.

Reviewed By: Khalum

Online Provider: NHS Fitness Studio

Class: Aerobics for Beginners

Class Cost: FREE

Description: Fun 45-minute class based on aerobic movement. Including a 10min toning and stretching session. Beginners’ aerobics is a combination of moderate-intensity movements. It is a non-stop class that burns calories, tones the muscles and improves coordination and cardiovascular fitness. The first 30-mins is non-stop movement while the final 10-15 is on the floor toning and stretching. The instructor goes at a moderate pace but insists that people create a pace comfortable enough for themselves.

Reviewed By: Vanessa

Online Provider: BHB Zumba

Class: BHB Zumba

Class Cost: Free but Koha (Donations) greatly appreciated

Description: Fun, choreographed movements to salsa and international music, classes typically consist of a series of Latin-inspired songs, starting with a slower warm-up song, building intensity throughout the workout, and ending with a cool-down song. Even if you’re not a strong dancer, the choreography is repetitive and designed to be built upon, so most people will catch on to the moves as they go. Just about anyone can do it, and regardless of how quickly you pick up on the choreography, you’re likely to be having fun—and sweating. Low impact options are always given, a lot of core rotational muscles and a full-body workout. No special equipment or outfits are needed either. All you need is a positive attitude and to keep moving along with each song.

Reviewed By: Sunny

Online Provider: Via YouTube

Class: Fix your posture in 10 minutes

Class Cost: Free

Description: Over time bad posture can lead to headaches, Back pain, neck pain, and also muscle imbalances. It is even more common these days to see we spend more time with a bad posture without even realizing mainly when we get stuck indoors more often with our digital devices. It is good to break this cycle every now and then by taking regular breaks, going for a walk, or giving a go to this quick 10 minutes stretch and strength routine to help you feel relaxed and rejuvenated. These exercises help you to stretch and strengthen areas such as the upper back, lower back, shoulders, and core muscles which are crucial to maintaining a better posture. Each exercise runs for 50 seconds followed up with a 10 seconds rest.

Reviewed By: Wanakia

Online Provider: TVNZ On Demand – Les Mills

Class: BodyBalance 83 – Strength

Class Cost: Free

Description: Bodybalance is an upbeat yoga-based class. There are three instructors, each taking a turn at leading the class through the yoga movements. The first half of the class focuses on balance and working the lower body. The second half of the class is on the yoga mat and focuses on working the core. Alternative movements for pregnant woman are shown by one of the instructors.

Reviewed By: Raven

Online Provider: TVNZ On Demand – Les Mills

Class: BodyBalance 83 – Flexibility

Class Cost: Free

Description: 30 minute yoga-based class which aims to improve mind, body and life. It embraces simple yoga moves, whilst incorporating elements of Tai Chi and Pilates. No equptment is required for this session although a mat is recommended if on hard surfaces. The class begins with fast flowing movements, some positions seem to be more difficult than others although the instructors provide alternatives to every position ansd movememnt. Bodybalance was both challenging and relaxing as it encouraged increased heartrate and heavy muscles whilst providing a calming ending.

Reviewed By: Moriki

Online Provider: YouTube – Kit Rich

Class: 30 Minute total body medium intensity workout

Class Cost: Free

Description: 30 minute full body exercise video, begins with activation stretches to minimize the risk of injuries. The video is broken down into 3 different cardio blocks each with different exercises to target your whole body. Followed by a core block to strengthen your core right around and finishing with cool-down stretches.

Reviewed By: Van

Online Provider: Maori TV On Demand

Class: Oranga Ngakau

Class Cost: Free

Description: Encouraging Kaumātua and tamariki to stay healthy by participating with their elders in an inclusive, fun, and uniquely Māori exercise regime. Low impact, exercise to music, fun, any fitness level suitable

Reviewed By: Khalum

Online Provider: YouTube – The Body Project

Class: Low Impact cardio workout

Class Cost: Free

Description: A fun 15min low impact, no equipment cardio/resistance home workout. A nice quick workout with easy to follow movements that will get the heart pumping and the blood flowing. Fun music that makes the workout feel like a low intensity dance routine. They provide variations within their movements that cater for all. Overall a quick and fun class that will get you motivated and energised.

Reviewed By: Van

Online Provider:Kawai Purapura Registered Yoga School

Class: Online Gentle Hatha Yoga class: Wednesdays

Class Cost: Free

Description: Online community class on Wednesdays from 8:45-10am with Juliana The class is gentle and ideal for beginners and if you experience anxiety. It focuses on bringing balance and relaxation to the body and mind. Each class includes postures (Asana), breathing techniques (Pranayama), and relaxation.

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