These classes are designed by physiotherapists with expert knowledge about appropriate exercise for people with painful joints and balance problems. They are led by exercise trainers who are educated about Arthritis. Three classes are held a week (check the website for more details). Times: Tuesday and Friday. Cost: $10.00 a class. Locations: Merivale, Somerfield, Hornby. Good to know: Suitable for all fitness levels and you can work at your own pace in a supportive environment.
This 10 week hydrotherapy course is for those who suffer from all forms of Arthritis and is supervised by physiotherapists from SportsMed. There are three courses delivered each year, with a limit of 20 participants per class. Contact the course administrator to get your name on the waiting list. Time: Tuesday and Thursday (must be able to attend both days) 4.30pm - 5.30pm. Cost: No cost as the course is funded by the Canterbury District Health Board, however a full commitment to attendance required. Location: Burwood Hospital. Good to know: You must be over 18 and able to complete a medical clearance form (provided by Arthritis NZ), and you are only able to complete 1 course every 2 years.
These classes are led by volunteers and designed to help manage pain and improve mobility. Times: Monday (two class options) and Saturday (two class options). Each class runs for an hour. Cost: $3 per class. Location: Burwood Hospital Hydrotherapy Pool. Good to know: GP approval required but can you can self-refer (Yvonne can help with the process).
The Canterbury Better Breathing Programme offers an 8-week pulmonary rehabilitation programme for people with long-term chest conditions. If you have a breathing problem, this programme can help you to improve your breathing and fitness. The programme consists of a two-hour session twice a week, and participants are encouraged to attend as many sessions as possible. Each session includes an hour of exercise followed by an hour of education by various local experts. Note: There are entry requirements for this programme. Times/Locations: Vary (check website for details). Cost: Free. Good to know: You will have an assessment about a month before starting the programme.
If you have a breathing disorder, it's important that you maintain and improve your fitness. Community groups in several places around Canterbury provide support and exercise classes. The exercise classes typically include gentle, medium to high level weight, Theraband, stress ball, and scarf exercises, led by a trained health professional. Times: Morning and afternoon classes are available (refer to website link). Cost: Range from $2.00-$5.00. Locations: Christchurch, Amberley, Rangiora, Ashburton. Good to know: Many people go to these classes to get started before taking part in the Better Breathing - Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programme.
This one hour class at the St George's Cancer Care Centre is a mixture of weights, aerobic and stretching exercises. Group based exercise classes have been shown to improve cancer patients physical and psychological functioning both during and after treatment. Wear clothes and shoes that are comfortable to move around in, and bring a drink bottle. Times: Tuesday and Thursday. Cost: $7.00 per class ($35.00 for 5 classes concession card). Location: St George’s Cancer Care Centre. Good to know: Contact the Cancer Care staff before you attend your first session.
This class is for men dealing with Prostate Cancer who are looking to restore their strength and general fitness in a convivial group setting. No exercise experience necessary and all stages of treatment welcome. Time: Wednesday, 1.00pm. Location: Bodyfix Gym. Good to know: Please contact Tim prior to attending.
Yoga is a mind body practice that involves breathing, stretching, balance and strengthening exercises. Some people find that it can help them manage the side effects of their cancer treatment. There are three classes held during the week held at the St George's Cancer Care Centre - two are suitable for beginners and one is more suited to those with some yoga experience and a moderate level of fitness (more details are available on the website). Times: Monday and Thursday. Cost: $5 per class or $25 for 5 classes with a multi-pass (available from reception). Location: St George’s Cancer Care Centre. Good to know: When you come for your first class we will ask you to fill out a brief form listing any injuries or physical concerns you may have.
Next Steps is a free group exercise programme for people who have finished their main cancer treatments. Time: The sessions run for one hour per week for 10 weeks and are scheduled once a class is fully booked. To find out when the next class is starting, click on the website link and enter 'Canterbury' as the search location. Good to know: You can access BCFNZ-funded cancer rehab services by using a Pink Ribbon™ Card. Once approved, the funds will be loaded directly onto your personal card.
Amberley Medical Centre provides a cardiac rehabilitation service for people at risk of a cardiac event or recovering from post cardiac events and surgery. The weekly sessions include some gentle exercise, a cup of tea/coffee and the opportunity for a chat. Time: Friday 1.00-200pm. Cost: $2.00 per session. Location: Anglican Church Hall. Good to know: Everyone is welcome.
Medically supervised exercise classes (gym, pool, walking) and social events for cardiac patients and their associates. Membership is open to anybody who has had a heart condition. Times: Monday and Wednesday, 7.00pm-8.30pm and Friday, 10.00am-11.00am. Locations: Burwood Hospital's Gymnasium/Pool and Avonhead Baptist Church Hall. Good to know: The group can provide assistance to heart patients who do not have enough income for essential transport or for such things such as visits to their doctor.
A 6-week cardiac rehabilitation programme run by clinical staff for people who have been discharged from hospital within the last few months (Phase II). It is suitable for post myocardial infarction, percutaneous coronary intervention, angina, coronary artery bypass graft, spontaneous coronary artery dissection and valve surgery. There is also an option to attend a referral appointment with a cardiac nurse specialist to provide post cardiac event follow up, education and support. Good to know: Participation in this programme is usually based on a referral from a health professional.
BounceBACK is a 10-week programme for people who have had a coronary event or condition like myocardial infarction, coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), stents, stable angina. The sessions are delivered by trained exercise professionals. Time: Tuesday at 10.00am. Location: Bodyfix Gym. Good to know: Please contact Tim prior to attending.
A 6-week cardiac rehabilitation programme run by clinical staff for people who have been discharged from hospital within the last few months (Phase II). It is suitable for post myocardial infarction, percutaneous coronary intervention, angina, coronary artery bypass graft, spontaneous coronary artery dissection and valve surgery. There are two programme options available. Good to know: Participation in this programme is usually based on a referral from a health professional.
Gentle sitting exercises for people with diabetes. Everyone most welcome, tea and coffee provided. Great social and interactive fun group, plus easy accessibility and parking. Time: Friday at 10:00am-11:30am. Cost: Society Member $3.00, Non-Member $4.00. Location: Diabetes Centre. Good to know: Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle.
This class is designed specifically for those managing Intermittent Claudication. It is a circuit class aimed at increasing walking distance (on average we more than double it- based on a pilot of 50 clients). You can work at your own pace and ability. There is also an opportunity to talk and get advice from "fellow Intermittent claudication clients". Contact Physical Sense for times and more information.
The Multiple Sclerosis & Parkinson’s Society of Canterbury (Inc) provides professional support and services to people with Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s. They offer a comprehensive exercise programme that includes dance classes, nordic walking, yoga classes, specialist classes and seated exercise. Times: Throughout the week. Cost: Range of $5.00-$7.00 per session. Click on the website link to view the timetable. Location: Multiple Sclerosis & Parkinson’s Society of Canterbury (Inc). Good to know: Please contact the physio team before starting a class.
The NeuroGym is the part of Exercise as Medicine NZ® that manages neurodegenerative/autoimmune conditions. Their approach is based around the latest research on neuroplasticity and how, given the right stimulus, the brain has the ability to make new neural pathways. These are the conditions they work with: Parkinson’s, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Brain Injury. Visit the Exercise as Medicine NZ® website for more information on classes and programmes.
Amplitude is a fun class that focuses on the key areas for Parkinson's people including BIG movements, BIG voice, balance, coordination, agility and complexity. Time: Wednesday 10.00am-11.00am. Location: Multiple Sclerosis & Parkinson’s Society of Canterbury (Inc). Good to know: Please contact Tim before attending your first class.
Pioneered by the Action for Rehabilitation from Neurological Injury (ARNI) Institute in the UK, this programme revolves around functional movement integrated with task-related exercise. It has been specifically designed for the needs of stroke survivors with partial paralysis who is unable to recover further using more traditional approaches. Cost: $60 per hour (individual coaching). Good to know: Initial consultation is free. Small group training available on request.
A circuit class that caters for different abilities and allows everyone to work at their own pace. Prerequisite: You can go independently to the toilet (or with help of your carer – who is prepared to stay for the class). Contact Physical Sense for times and more information.