Chance for over-50s to get ac­tive

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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.

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