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Over 50s

  • Public health

There's plenty of opportunities for older residents in Barnet to increase their levels of physical activity:

Enjoy walking?

Try our marked and measured routes in nine of our parks around the borough. Or how about a sociable health walk?  The council offers a program of instructor-led walks in various parks and open spaces around the borough, on various days.  Discounts are available for the over 60s.

Leisure centres: being active indoors

Depending on where you live, Better Health and Fitness Senior memberships are open to anyone aged either over 50, 55 or 60. Check your local Better leisure centre to see if you qualify for a Better Health and Fitness Senior membership.

Over 50s can join any of Barnet's six leisure centres at a reduced price and take part in a range of activities. The activities not only help to keep you fit and active, they also provide a great opportunity to socialise and make new friends.

Fun and affordable activities

Age UK Barnet works with other voluntary organisations to provide fun, affordable fitness activities throughout the borough for all ages and abilities. They include dancing, Tai Chi, yoga, seated exercise to music and table tennis. Take a look at the Age UK booklet to find out more about their local activities.

Love to Move, run by The Saracens Foundation, offers over 50s the chance to get physically active in a relaxed, sociable environment. Activities include dance, touch rugby, Nordic walking, pilates and walking football. Email annabelhay@saracens.net to find out more.

Free exercise programmes

If you struggle to get out and about, why not try our fun and free exercise programme, devised by our partners at GLL, at home. Start slowly by trying one or two exercises and increase as your confidence builds.

Get inspired

Whether you are just starting out, wanting to get back into a sport or perhaps want to try something new the BBC's "Get Inspired" website provides sports films and features for inspiration and easy to follow guides. There's also hints and tips and practical advice for everyone, regardless of your age, gender or ability.

Radio 2 presenters Ken Bruce and Lynn Bowles took part in the Get Inspired trampolining challenge at Hendon Leisure Centre. Ken showed that at 63 years old, age doesn't have to be a barrier to being active. So why not try something new!


  • First Contact
  • North London Business Park (NLBP), Oakleigh Road South, London N11 1NP
  • Tel: 020 8359 2000
  • FAX: 0870 889 7458
  • Email: first.contact@barnet.gov.uk

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