Healthy Lifestyles

The Healthy Lifestyles Scheme delivers physical activity across the district in partnership with health professionals and instructors specially qualified to work with certain conditions. Our aim is to support people to be more active in a safe way to benefit both their physical and mental health.  

Please note that all activities are currently on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will provide further information when activities are due to resume.

GP Referral

If a Doctor, Practice Nurse, Physiotherapist or Health Visitor feels that you would benefit from increasing your physical activity to improve your physical and mental health you could be referred to one of the four participating venues across the district for an assessment with an exercise referral consultant.

A one-off fee of £14.00 is required to start the scheme, which covers two fitness assessments with the consultants – one at the start of the scheme and one on exiting the scheme. The scheme runs for 12 consecutive weeks and you are charged just £2.00 each time you participate in an activity.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

The cardiac rehabilitation community-based exercise programme (phase 4) offers a safe and friendly environment for exercise if you have had a heart attack, a heart procedure or heart surgery.

All activities in the programme will be supervised by a qualified fitness professional. Those joining phase 4 have normally recently completed NHS rehabilitation classes (phase 3), but this is not essential. To join these classes a referral from your GP will be required.

Classes currently take place on:
Monday 9.30am-10.30am at Stratford Park Leisure Centre
Thursday 11.30am-12.30pm at Stratford Park Leisure Centre
Classes cost £3.00 per week

Wednesday 2.30pm-3.30pm at The Pulse
Classes cost £3.20 per week

Respiratory Rehabilitation

Respiratory rehabilitation classes provide an opportunity for those living with a lung condition to exercise safely, under the guidance of a qualified instructor. You will require a referral from your GP, Nurse or Physiotherapist for these classes.

Exercise can help you to reduce breathlessness and tiredness, increase your ability to perform daily tasks and improve self-esteem, anxiety and mood.

To join these classes a referral from your GP will be required.

Classes currently take place on:
2.35pm-3.35pm at The Pulse
Classes cost £3.20 per week

11.00pm-12.00pm at Stratford Park Leisure Centre
Classes cost £3.00 per week

Better Balance Exercise Classes

These classes are designed for those who have had a fall or are concerned about their balance.

Following a referral from your GP, Practice Nurse or Physiotherapist, the scheme promotes balance and confidence while helping to prevent falls and improve stamina, increase strength, mobility and flexibility, lower the risk of osteoporosis, and improve blood pressure and cholesterol.

You can also refer yourself to join the classes.

Classes currently take place on:

11.45am - 12.45am & 1.00pm-2.00pm at Stinchcombe Village Hall

11.15am-12.15pm & 12.30pm-1.30pm at Maypole Village Hall, Stroud
2.45pm-3.45pm Hazelwood Sheltered Housing, Stonehouse

11.30am-12.30pm at Arkell Community Centre, Nailsworth
1.30pm-2.30pm & 2.45pm-3.45pm at Chalford Sport & Social club

Classes cost £3.00 per week.

Living With and Beyond Cancer Exercise Classes

These exercise classes are for people living with and beyond cancer. The classes have been developed to be enjoyable and sociable, but also to ensure you get the full benefit of a physical workout.

Classes currently take place on:

1.00pm-2.00pm & 2.00pm-3.00pm at Stratford Park Leisure Centre
Classes cost £3.00 per week

Friday at The Pulse
Classes cost £3.20 per week.

Mummy & Me Exercise Classes

Mummy & Me classes will help new mums exercise together without having to arrange childcare. There will be a particular focus on using physical activity to support better mental health and encouraging supportive relationships between new mums. The classes will combine moderate exercise with an area in the same room where the baby can play safely while the mum is occupied.

Classes currently take place on:

Wednesday 10.00am-11.00am – Sub Rooms, Stroud
Thursday 11.30am-12.30pm – Kings Stanley Village Hall

11.00am-11.45am – The Pulse
13.30pm – 14.30pm Hardwicke Village Hall
Classes cost £3.00 per week

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Health Walks

Our Volunteer Walk Leaders guide a variety of FREE short walks across the District, designed to improve your health in a safe, relaxed and sociable environment. The walks range from 30 minutes to 60 minutes.

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Gentle/Dementia Walks

Gentle walks for those living with long term conditions like dementia and their cares or loved ones to meet, have a coffee and enjoy nature. Some walks are wheelchair accessible.

Gentle Park Walks, Stratford Park, Stroud - Every other Friday from the Museum in the Park. Open to anyone who would benefit from a gentle walk. Wheelchair accessible. For more information on times and dates contact

Dementia Friendly Walks, Nailsworth – monthly from Egypt Mill. For people living with dementia and their carers. For further details contact the Dementia Friendly Nailsworth group at

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Walking Sports

Keen to get back in the game – or start playing for the first time – but not feeling quite as energetic as you used to? Try a walking sport!

Walking sports are just what they sound like – versions of sports like football, rugby or netball that follow the rules of the standard game, but the players walk instead of run. They’re great if you want the fun of the game without the strenuous pace and intense contact.

Walking Football – Monday 10.00am–11.00am
Walking Netball – Friday 12.00pm–1.00pm
Walking Rugby – Thursday 10.00am–11.00am


Parkrun is a FREE, weekly 5km timed run. Parkruns are open to everyone and are safe and easy to take part in.

Parkrun takes place every Saturday at 9.00am in the following locations:

Berkeley Green:
Wotton Under Edge:

Stroud Parkrun

How to Book

Please see each activity for how to book. Some can be booked online and some need a referral.

Book Pulse classes online

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