Health & Fitness

  • Healthy Cooking / Healthy Lifestyle
  • Mountain Biking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis, Badminton, Table Tennis
  • 10 Pin Bowling
  • Tai Chi
  • Walking, Tramping


  1. Stanmore Road Holistic Wellness Group

    Tuesday 6th November 2018Watch a documentary and discuss the sugar content in food and drinks.Let’s see where this leads us in terms of holistic wellness.Tuesday 3rd April 2018In March we had the first meeting of members interested in looking at all the elements that contribute to good health. Members had some great ideas about what Read more

  2. Guest Speaker at Stanmore Road – Diabetes

    Thursday 13th September 2018 at 1:30pmLynne Taylor from Diabetes ChCh Inc will talk to us about prevention, treatment and management. It’s been several years since Lynne has talked to us. The session will be informative and interesting.See you there.

  3. Guest Speaker from Arthritis New Zealand

    Thursday 16th August 2018 at 1:30pmFollowing on from a suggestion made at a recent member staff liaison meeting, a speaker from Arthritis New Zealand is coming on August 16th at 1:30. He will talk about ways to improve the life of every person affected by arthritis.Arthritis is a common physical ailment and most of us Read more

  4. Stanmore Road Cave Stream & Castle Hill Trip

    On Friday 23rd February, on the Stanmore Road programme there is a trip to Castle Hill, where parts of Narnia were filmed, and Cave Stream. The trip through Cave Stream involves walking upstream. Apart from a short point at the entrance where the water could be waist deep, it is a shallow underground slightly uphill Read more

  5. 100 Km Challenge

    Monday 26th March 2018 Last year we achieved 146.5 kms even though our goal was 100! So this year let’s see how much we can beat that by! Our objective is to walk, run or bike 1 or 2 laps of a short course which added together will be a significant distance. A challenge that Read more

  6. Cricket in the Park

    Thursday 30th November – 1pm Is fresh air, fun and light exercise your thing? Come along and try a light hearted game of cricket at Beverley Park next to Step Ahead in Stanmore Road. No experience necessary. Enjoy a cuppa afterwards.

  7. Golf

    A group of golfers have been sampling a number of the Canterbury courses over the past year. The weather is now getting warmer, and we will be continuing to hit the greens fortnightly on a Thursday afternoon. Golf is great way to get some exercise and to blow away the cobwebs. Come along and enjoy.

  8. Tramping

    Easy to moderate tramps are planned. Come out and give it a go. Talk to staff regarding clothes, footwear and any fitness requirements.Tramps in July included a walk over the Bridal Path to Lyttelton and a trip up the Kowhai River valley near Porters Pass.  In August the group enjoyed a walk to Godley Head and Read more

  9. Guest Speaker at Stanmore Road – Cancer Society

    Jenny from the Cancer Society will be coming to talk to us after Budget Lunch on Thursday the 14th of September 2017 at 1:30 pm. Jenny will be making a presentation and talking about a range of cancers, preventative measures, how to treat them and some of the latest research on this topic. Come along Read more

  10. Bike Maintenance

    A bike maintenance afternoon will be held on Wednesday 20th September 2017. Do you have a bike that needs some minor repairs such as punctures, adjusting of brakes and gear changers? Don’t expect miracles but hopefully we can help you get back on the road. Chris

  11. Walking Group

    Take these walks at your own pace. They cater to all abilities where possible. The walks usually last between 40 to 50 minutes followed by a hot drink and a chat. We provide transport to our various destinations, though sometimes will just walk from our base.  Members decide on the day where the group will Read more

  12. Clip n Climb

    On Friday 21st July 2017 Stanmore and West members are combining for a trip to Clip n Climb in Byron St. If you haven’t had a go at this very safe climbing activity yet then come along and give it a go. The cost is $6.50. Stanmore Rd will be leaving at 9.45am, West at Read more

  13. Community Public Health Guest Speaker

    Thursday 20th July 2017 at 1:30pm, Stanmore Road.  Meg Christie will come and talk to us about ways to stay well and promote healthy living especially over winter time. Meg is an avid cyclist and has spoken to us before. Come along for an interesting afternoon. See you there.

  14. Meditation Group at Stanmore Road

    We have a volunteer Angela, who is running a fortnightly Meditation Group starting on Friday 7th July 2017 at 11am. Angela has been practising regular daily meditation for about three years. She uses meditation music to help keep the atmosphere relaxed. Come along to experience the benefits of meditation. Book in as usual. See you Read more

  15. Would you like to Stop Smoking?

    If you want support to cut back or quit, talk to staff. Anna has completed some training with Quitline and is a registered Quitcard Provider, able to provide support. Nicotine patches, gum and lozenges are also available

  16. Dietitian at Stanmore Road

    Over the last year Lucy Carey, a Pegasus Health dietitian has visited once a month and met with members. Lucy is going to be off work in the year ahead on maternity leave. We are sorry to lose Lucy, and have wished her all the best, but very pleased to welcome Kiera who will continue Read more

  17. Exercise in the Park, Softball and Cricket

    There are two new outdoor exercise activity options programmed at both Stanmore Road and West over the last few months. Fortnightly exercise in the park on Friday afternoon and the first Thursday of the month either playing softball or cricket. Make the most of the good weather and being able to be outdoors playing sports. Read more

  18. Exercise in the Park – West

    Due to lots of interest, we are starting our own circuit training opportunity at a local park. Friday the 7th and 21st of November 2016 at 1pm (Stanmore will join us at 1:30pm). Exercises will be designed with very little equipment and in a way that you can do all exercises at your level of ability. Read more

  19. Clip and Climb – West

    On Friday the 14th of November 2016 at 1pm there is a trip to Clip and Climb – a purpose built climbing wall centre. Anyone can safely climb higher than they thought possible! ($5.00)

  20. Healthy Cooking / Healthy Lifestyle

    Education and information sessions, tips for buying wisely, supermarket trips as well as cooking and recipes. A dietitian visits Stanmore Road monthly giving advice and support. Once a fortnight Barbara has a cooking group where members can come and learn cooking skills and new healthy, low cost recipes. It’s a fun way to get to Read more

  21. Gym & Weights

    Both Stanmore and West attend community gyms or fitness groups.

  22. Tennis, Badminton, Table Tennis

    Recreational groups are scheduled regularly at Stanmore Road and West.

  23. Tai Chi

    Weekly tuition provided by an experienced tutor at West. All welcome.

  24. Swimming

    Stanmore and West have regular groups attending Pioneer and occasionally Jellie Park pools. Rural has regular swimming at Dudley Pool in Rangiora, and at E A Networks Pool in Ashburton. Relax in the saunas and spas, have fun in the wave pool, or exercise with aqua jogging or by swimming some laps.

  25. Mountain Biking

    Use your own bike or hire one of ours. We ride off and on road. No experience necessary and great fun.

  26. 10 Pin Bowling

    If you’ve bowled before here’s an opportunity to get back into it or to have a go at something new.

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