Free fitness classes mark Active Ageing Week in Tweed

Club Active in Tweed Heads South is offering free fitness classes this week.
Club Active in Tweed Heads South is offering free fitness classes this week. contributed

FITNESS classes can feel like the domain of the young, but this doesn't have to be the case.

Club Active is marking Active Ageing Week with a host of free fitness classes running until this Saturday, September 30.

The gym, based at Tweed Hub on Minjungbal Dr, is opening its doors to classes including dance, pilates, yoga, Tai Chi, balance, cardiac circuit and more.

Club Active director and exercise physiologist Jonathan Freeman said an active lifestyle could help older people to prevent a range of health issues.

"Some people think they're too old to start going to the gym but that never is the case," Mr Freeman said.

"Exercise can change the way you age, increasing strength to combat osteoarthritis, improving bone mineral density for osteoporosis, cardiovascular health for heart conditions, sugar control for diabetes and mental health for anxiety and depression.

"Exercise has a way of improving health without the need for medications. So many people worry about how they look or are perceived but we strive to make them understand the value exercise plays in the ageing process; the weight loss, the feeling better and looking better follows."

Mr Freeman said they wanted everyone, including older members, to feel comfortable and confident in keeping up healthy exercise habits.

"We want to let people know there is a place where they can feel comfortable and get expert guidance through a range of health conditions," he said.

He said fitness classes could also offer great friendship-forming opportunities.

Club Active recently added a weekly, National Heart Foundation accredited, walk, to its schedule.

The group walk takes place at 7am on Thursdays, Bec Heswick Park on the corner of Winders Pl and Minerva Crt, Banora Point and navigates around Lake Kimberley in a 45-minute session.

"Walking outdoors is an invigorating way to improve fitness, increase energy, improve mood and assist with weight management in a socially enjoyable environment," Mr Freeman said.

"It's a fantastic way to start the day."

For more information about this week's activities, visit

Topics:  active ageing fitness

Christmas cheer at Bobs competition

JOYFUL: Keith Parker and Gene Haynes catch up at the Bobs Christmas Party.

Bolton Clarke Darlington retirement village hosted the party.

$1m worth of cannabis seized from Northern Rivers home

File photo.

Police still hunting for dope culprit.

Boy saves brother: 'I was drowning but I didn't care'

LUCKY SAVE: Warwick boy Ayden Driscoll, 10, (left) saved his little brother Ashah, 3, from drowning at Tweed Heads last weekend.

Warwick boy risks his own life to save his three-year-old brother

Local Partners

How to beat Christmas cash stress

LIKE most parents, Jenna Buttery wants to give her four children the best Christmas she can.

Kim Kardashian West: Surrogacy harder than pregnancy

Kim Kardashian was shown calling her family members to announce that her surrogate was pregnant with her baby. Picture: Supplied.

KIM Kardashian has opened up about the highs and lows of surrogacy.

Woman’s unwanted, deadly house guest

This funnel-web spider was found in the NSW suburb of Springwood.

Imagine finding the world’s most venomous spider in your house

Sexy swimwear made from suede

Renay Wells is going against the tide with her unique swimwear styles. Photo: Jared Taylor. Model: Kim Hartnett in USA for swimsuit USA international.

'Australians the most outgoing when it comes to revealing swimwear'

Teen sheds 30kg without cutting foods he loves

NEW LOOK: At 16-years-old, Blake McCann is proud of how much weight he has lost in a one year time frame.

The teen decided he needed to do something about his weight.

Love triumphs in the most horrific year of their lives

Another stunning photo of the happy couple on their wedding day.

He was told he would be quadriplegic the rest of his life

$30,000 for personalised plates? Tell him he's dreamin'

Gracemere man Chase Ferguson has slapped a $30,000 price tag on this set of personalised plates.

Would you pay $30K for these plates? Or does he have 'no idea'