Chance for over-50s to get active
THE County Sports Partnership Active Surrey is encouraging older Surreybased residents to keep themselves fit and active by participating in a series of events funded by Sport England.
Get Active 50+ aims to improve the health of the county’s older adults and is offering new and discounted activities with a new set of events to start in early September.
Activities across the county including group jogging, badminton, bowls, exercise and dance classes, cage cricket, swimming, running and indoor community golf.
Figures for Surrey have previously revealed that around one in five adults are ‘inactive’, meaning they do less than 30 minutes of ‘moderate’ activity per week.
“This elevates their heart rate and leaves them breathing heavier, and it’s known that activity levels tend to drop off as people age,” said Mark Sherwood, project officer at Active Surrey.
This autumn sees the introduction of new activities specifically for less mobile residents, who can take advantage of strength and balance classes.
The ‘Otago’ courses, named after the region in New Zealand where the course was invented, welcome all provided they are able to stand up from a chair independently for at least five minutes. This is designed to safely strengthen key muscles while getting out and mixing with other people.
“We know how easy it is to let exercise slide as we age and that we can simply get into bad habits,” said Mr Sherwood.
“Sport may not be as easy as it used to be and we may worry that it will take longer to recover.
“The Get active 50+ programme is not about aiming to beat world records though – simply staying active can help combat age-related disease, improve your mood and give you new interests.
“We encourage everyone 50 or over to ‘give something new a go’ as the programme enters its final phase.”
Launched in the spring of 2016 across Surrey, the programme has already seen more than 2,000 participants improve their health, confidence, fitness, and general well-being.
Active Surrey is a not-forprofit partnership hosted by Surrey County Council.
For details of classes, and further information about Active Surrey visit www. activesurrey.com/over50s.