ACTIVITIES FOR OVER 55YRS PLUS
Getting more active is a great way of helping to prevent falls. We rely on our balance to keep us upright when we over-reach or trip, but as we age our balance reaction times get slower and so do our reflexes. We also lose some of our muscle strength.
Being active is not just about doing exercise, but also incorporating more activity into your day to day life. In particular, exercise to target balance and strength will help to keep you on your feet and reduce your risk of having a fall, such as walking, gardening and fitness classes.
Expand your skills, make friends and have fun. Whether you'd like to learn how to go online, find out more about local history, improve your fitness or simply get out of the house and meet people, there's a local course or activity that's right for you.
Age UK Northamptonshire provides a variety of courses and activities for local older people.
Walking sports are on the increase, with the aim of getting older and less physically able individuals together enjoying competitive team sports without the high impact or strenuous level of activity that standard versions of the same games require.
Most of the sports have the same rules as standard versions only rather than running to get the ball, you walk. This essential means that one foot must be on the ground at all times. Many teams include some kind of 'fine' or 'sin bin' for participants who run instead of walk, to avoid some players running and thereby making the game faster than it should be. Other than that, the rules are usually the same.
The great thing about this type of sport is that it's open to all – men and women can play alongside each other, less physically-abled individuals can also join in, and everyone will benefit from getting moderate exercise in a social setting
If you thought your football career was over, think again! Walking Football is a slower paced version of the game, aimed at the over 50s. Smaller pitches and plenty of breaks ensure participants enjoy a safe and enjoyable return to football. The slower pace doesn't detract from the competition though – it's much more than a stroll in the park!
There are lots of Walking Football Sessions are taking place all across the Northamptonshire which you can find here or through our Activity Finder search
Women the length of the country have begun playing the game of Walking Netball for the fun, laughter and camaraderie the social session brings, as much as the health benefits on offer. It can give those who feel isolated an outlet, provide an activity for those who don't deem themselves fit enough to run anymore and offer a stepping stone for those looking for a pathway back into netball.
Click Here for more information about Walking Netball and to find your nearest session