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Sign up to our free ‘Get Moving’ classes

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We’re running free physical activity classes for people living with diabetes, both online and face-to-face with coronavirus safety measures in place. 

Get Moving with Diabetes UK 

If you’re living with diabetes and finding it hard to get active in your day-to-day life, we’re here to help. We understand that it can be difficult to find the motivation to move more, and that sometimes it can be hard to know where to begin - especially if you’re new to exercise.  

So, starting in May, our Physical Activity Coordinators will be running free 10 week courses specifically tailored to support people who are currently doing less than 30 minutes of exercise a week. 

From boxercise to Tai chi to movement to music, each weekly class will focus on a different gentle activity - giving you the chance to try out new ways to get active and find what suits you. Plus, we’ll be holding Q&A sessions at the end of each class, so that you can find out more about managing your condition and get tips and advice from our clinical experts and guest speakers. 

And because you’ll be part of the same group throughout the entire 10 weeks, you’ll also get the chance to meet and chat to other participants who all have the same goal - to move more and live well with diabetes.

‘I’ve never been a fitness fanatic, but the courses really fired my imagination - especially the session about boxercise. I sat through it and thought ‘hang on, I can do that!’ and from that point I took getting active more seriously.’

- Mike, a current participant of our Get Moving courses 

If you’re already doing over 30 minutes of exercise a week, our courses might not be for you. But we’ve got lots of other resources to support you to stay active too. Get inspired by heading to We Are Undefeatable, or check out our information and advice about moving more when you have diabetes

Online courses 

The majority of our Get Moving courses will be held online, so you’ll just need to be able to log in via Zoom to take part. As all 10 classes will be held on the same day and time each week, we’ve got a number of courses running at different times throughout the week for you to choose from - including evenings and the weekend. 

We’ll also be running specific online courses for: 

  • women only
  • South Asian communities with translation
  • those wanting to do chair-based activities only. 

Simply register your interest to find out more about our time slots and availability, and we’ll be in touch with more details as soon as possible. 

Community courses in the Midlands

Thanks to the easing of coronavirus restrictions in England, we’re also hoping to run Get Moving courses face-to-face for the full 10 weeks in the Midlands. We’ll be limiting numbers in each group to five people, and we’ll be making sure that all the relevant coronavirus safety measures are in place throughout the duration of the course. Your group coordinator will be able to tell you more about these measures for the venue you’ve picked. 

Here’s the timetable for our community courses: 

  Morning Afternoon
Tuesday 9:30am - Broadstreet Meeting Hall, Foleshill, Coventry TBC - Wolverhampton
Wednesday 9:30am - Indian Community Centre, Derby: women only  
  11:30am - Indian Community Centre, Derby  
Thursday 9:30am - b-inspired, The Grove Community Hub, Leicester 2:30pm - Portway Lifestyle Centre, Sandwell
  11:30am - b-inspired, The Grove Community Hub, Leicester   

How to sign up 

Register your interest for one of the courses on offer by calling 0345 123 2399 or emailing helpline@diabetes.org.uk. You'll then hear from one of our Physical Activity Coordinators, who will get in touch to help you start your journey to move more. 
 

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