Active 60 - Monlife

Active 60 Programme

MonLife will join with other Welsh leisure providers to deliver its 60 Plus Fit4Life initiative, made possible thanks to funding from Sport Wales. MonLife’s Active 60 programme offers support for people aged 60 and over to become more physically active through in-person or online classes: including yoga, pilates, tai-chi, gentle exercise and even virtual coffee catch-ups.

The Active 60 plus programme has extended its offer to access the MonLife classes on site as well as attending virtual classes. This is creating a wider community for the Active 60 plus in MonLife.

The first 8 weeks of the Active 60 Programme is FREE for people that sign up and £16.50 p/m afterwards.  To sign up to the programme, please click on the following link.  A MonLife qualified fitness professional will then contact you to ensure that the scheme is appropriate.

Active 60 has been funded to encourage non-active people aged 60 plus to get fit and healthy, so the offer is excluded to current Direct Debit members.

Active 60 exclusion criteria as indicated below

  • Aged under 60
  • Cardio myopathy
  • Suspected or known aneurysm
  • Uncontrolled hypertension >180/100 (in either)
  • Uncontrolled resting tachycardia ≥ 100 bpm
  • Uncontrolled diabetes.
  • Uncontrolled / unstable angina
  • Uncontrolled epilepsy
  • Acute uncontrolled psychiatric illness
  • Unstable or acute heart failure
  • New or uncontrolled arrhythmias
  • Established coronary heart disease (including myocardial infarction)
  • Febrile illness
  • Unable to transfer independently
  • Experiences pain, dizziness or excessive breathlessness during exertion
  • Cardiac patients that have not completed Level 4 Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Respiratory patients – with an MRC score of 3 to 5

(Absolute contraindications adapted from BACR (2009) Phase IV Exercise Instructor Training Manual & ACSM (2009) Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription)

The Active 60+ programme  funded by Sport Wales for those that have been inactive for some time i.e. minimum 31 days. The programme gives those new or returning after long period of time opportunity to improve health and wellbeing on their fitness pathway.

Sport Wales CEO Sarah Powell said: “We want people in Wales to have a lifelong enjoyment of sport and by working with partners to help provide additional or supplemented offers that aim to specifically meet the needs of the over 60’s locally we hope that we see even more individuals from this demographic staying or getting active.

“Over the past year we’ve all had to think even more about how we keep ourselves healthy, probably in different ways to what we would have done prior to the coronavirus outbreak.  We know that being physically active is one way to help keep us mentally and physically fit, while providing a brilliant way to connect with others.  So I urge people to take a look through their local authority at the different opportunities that are available to help them do this.”

Councillor Richard John, Monmouthshire’s cabinet member with responsibility for MonLife added: “Our 60 Plus Fit4Life sessions will offer people over the age of 60 the opportunity to become more physically and socially active as we know how important it is to stay well, especially during this difficult time.

“Our committed staff will offer support, advice and guidance every step of the way to help keep up motivation.  We will continue to offer a wide range of digital fitness programmes for people of all ages to keep their minds and bodies active.  We look forward to welcoming the public back to our MonLife leisure facilities when conditions allow.”

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