Leap onto bikes for a health­ier life­style

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

FEEL­ING in­spired by the Tour of Bri­tain that raced through the lanes of Buck­ing­hamshire, but don’t know where to start?

Well, help is at hand from Leap, the County Sport and Ac­tiv­ity Part­ner­ship for Bucks and Mil­ton Keynes, which is en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents to get on their bikes and lead health­ier life­styles.

Leap has a handy new ac­tiv­ity in­ter­net search, list­ing hun­dreds of reg­u­lar sports and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able on your doorstep, whether you want to go on two wheels, on the wa­ter or in the play­ing field or gym.

From be­gin­ner run­ning groups to bad­minton, netball, row­ing or aer­o­bics ses­sions, there are a va­ri­ety of ses­sions tak­ing place across the county.

You don’t have to be an ath­lete to join in – many ses­sions are de­signed for be­gin­ners and ease you in grad­u­ally.

Be­ing ac­tive keeps your heart healthy, re­duces your risk of se­ri­ous ill­ness and strength­ens mus­cles and bones.

It can also be a great way of re­duc­ing your stress lev­els and lifting your mood.

Work­ing, study­ing and car­ing for oth­ers can mean there isn’t much free time, but be­ing ac­tive doesn’t have to be about pump­ing iron or run­ning for miles, there are lots of dif­fer­ent ways to be more ac­tive.

Clubs and or­gan­i­sa­tions are en­cour­aged to add to the grow­ing list of reg­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties the length and breadth of the county, so if you are look­ing for some­thing new to try or are want­ing to en­joy some great free pub­lic­ity for your club or or­gan­i­sa­tion, then visit www. leap­withus.org.uk.

MARK ORMEROD Di­rec­tor of Leap

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