Keep Well Furnace

We like to get the week off to a good healthy start, here in Furnace. Monday mornings see up to 20 members meeting in the Village Hall for some stretches, aerobic exercises and resistance training, followed by a half hour of QI Gong – and a blether.

Led by a trained instructor and based on the Move It Or Lose It programme of exercises, it is aimed at the over 60s and those who maybe haven’t exercised for a while – although all ages are welcome. It is also suitable for people with disabilities and many long term health conditions.

exercise group doing high kicks
Having fun with exercise – a visiting instructor teaches Body Bingo

Our Furnace Fit Friday group takes the exercises up a notch to allow for a good workout to some great tunes. A somewhat smaller group, but it certainly sets you up for the weekend.

Each week, members pay a small amount towards the hire of the Hall, equipment, such as the resistance bands and any surplus we save up for a daytrip. We have visited garden centres and shopping centres amongst other places.

four people sitting in the sunshine
Four Keep Well Furnace members take a break at Ardardan Garden Centre


Tai Chi classes run once a week in the evenings in blocks of seven weeks. The qualified instructor is a member of the Tai Chi for Health Institute and teaches a form of Tai Chi designed specially for people suffering with arthritis or long term conditions. However, it is suitable for anyone wishing to learn this calming gentle exercise.

People in Tai Chi pose
Practising Tai Chi for a 66 Day health challenge