Gentle exercise for people who suffer from arthritis & other musculo-skeletal conditions. Print this page

Dates: 23/05/18 - 27/06/18
Days: Wednesday 13:00 - 14:00
Sessions: 5
Centre: Sutton - Sutton
Course Code: S31005B08NG
Fees: Standard - £25.00
Concessionary - £17.50

Course Information

Develop your knowledge and experience of a range of exercise activities and use this exercise and movement class to give you a “feel good factor”, improving your sense of wellbeing.

What are the overall aims of the course?

To develop and maintain exercise techniques, skills and knowledge to help to develop and maintain appropriate body flexibility, tone, strength, endurance, balance and co-ordination. The course also aims to promote the health benefits of long term adherence to an active lifestyle through regular participation in short exercise activities at a level suited to the individual and their distinctive needs (dependent on their condition and the areas of the body affected).

What will I learn on the course?

You will learn about how correct breathing, posture and careful, mindful movement can help you stay active.
You will gain an understanding of what works for you, what is within your limits and what level of exercise is likely to give you results.
You will learn to perform a range of short 2 – 3 minute exercise activities that you can perform at home if suited to your medical condition.
You will learn how to adapt and maintain your exercise levels when stiff and painful joints put limits on your activities.

You will learn how to:

Develop the habit of including movement and exercise activities in your daily routine.
Perform and develop safe exercise techniques based on good posture, movement and technique.
Strengthen the muscles around your joints to support them.
Use exercise to help maintain your bone density/strength.
Use exercise to give you more strength and energy to get through the day.
Use activity levels and mindfulness to challenge the brain as well as the body.
Use exercise and relaxation to give you a “feel good factor”, improving your sense of wellbeing.
Activity levels and relaxation techniques can also help with sleep patterns.

Your tutor will give you more information about the course at your first session

Are there any entry requirements?

Exercise can be crucial for people with arthritis, increasing strength and flexibility, reducing joint pain and helping combat fatigue. Many arthritis sufferers think that exercise will aggravate their joint pain and stiffness but that need not be the case if you chose the right type of exercise. Not exercising gradually weakens muscles and ligaments, inevitably leading to more stress to those joints. Keeping your muscles and the surrounding tissues strong and flexible is an important part of maintaining support for the bones and joints that support you.

This course is specifically aimed at people who have arthritis that is, or is threatening to, affect their flexibility and movement. It is designed to work alongside any current treatment programme by increasing awareness of how arthritis affects you personally. The exercise is based around gentle mobilisation, structured movement and relaxation techniques. The aim of the course is to help people to manage arthritis purposefully, maintaining and expanding the range of movement available to them.

If you have any concerns about the appropriateness of exercise for your condition then please consult your doctor about how exercise can fit in to your current treatment plan before enrolling on this course.

If you would like to contact the curriculum manager to discuss the course before enrolling then please email

Do I need to attend a course approval interview/assessment before I can join this course?


How will I be taught?

Classroom based (including practical work where applicable)
Extending Learning through VERA (Virtual Education Resources & Activities)
Practical class work, following initial tutor demonstration, explanation and instruction. General class guidance is given by the tutor with some one-to-one guidance where appropriate. Students are encouraged to select a few exercises to practice at home to promote and maintain their development.
Handouts and other materials are available from the tutor or online.

How will my progress be checked?

Informal assessment in class
Practical work/activity and performance
Tutor observation
Continuous informal assessment methods are used by the tutor to monitor students’ progress and involve observation, question and answer and discussion activities.

Does the course have any features I should be aware of?

Participants are encouraged to work at their own level (which may vary from week to week).
It is advised students prepare for safe practice by not eating a large meal for at least 2 hours before the class, however you may wish to eat something small before the class to provide you with an energy boost.

What do I need to bring with me to class?

Please wear loose fitting comfortable clothing suited to exercising e.g. tracksuit etc.
Please wear suitable indoor training shoes / soft soled shoes (soles are non-marking) that grip your foot securely.
Optional bottle of water with a secure cap

All class exercise equipment will be provided in the class.

How do I find out if I can get some support for my learning?

Additional Learning Support (ALS) may be made available for learners who, at the time of assessment and/or enrolment, declare a difficulty or disability that may affect their learning. Our service can support learners in English, maths, who are dyslexic, deaf or hearing impaired or who have evidence of other medical issues impacting on learning. Learners can also find information about financial and child care support from the Customer Enquiry Centre.

All learners are entitled to use our iClick - Computer & Digital Learning Centre. For more information please see or contact

You will be issued with a Sutton College e-mail address, which will give you access to Sutton College’s Virtual Learning Environment, called VERA.

There is free guest Wi-Fi available in the College

Can I receive advice and guidance about further education opportunities and careers?

Yes. To find out more about what may be available to you please contact our Advice Team. See

What can I do after the course has finished?

Continue in this specialist exercise class to maintain your performance level.
Progress to an alternative class at Sutton College or progress to an alternative class with another provider. Please discuss options with the tutor.

What should I do if I have any questions?

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