Fitness

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November 22, 20180

Lace up your trainers and head down to Oakmere Park to play on the first interactive sports court in the country!

The multi-purpose sports court has four goals and is controlled through a game console. It takes all the best elements of outdoor team sports but adds a new dimension. Impact-sensitive panels measure and react to the ball, and the vivid LED lights and audio speakers give players feedback and encouragement on their performance.

The interactive sports court is as entertaining as video games, yet fun, healthy and socially constructive just like outdoor play.   With five games to choose from, even regular users of the interactive sports court won’t get bored. It’s aimed at young people in junior school and upwards, so grab your parents, carers, grandparents or friends and head down to the park!

The interactive sports court was funded by Section 106 money – which is money given to the council through the planning process for local development.

As well as the interactive football court, we have also installed a new Crusader rope swing, which gives people of all ages the challenge of standing or sitting to create the swing motion. This will be opened in mid-November once the safety surface has been fitted.

The equipment is modern, which will hopefully entice more young people to our local parks to use the wonderful facilities that are on offer.

To find out more about the facilities in our parks, visit our website: www.hertsmere.gov.uk/parkfacilities


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November 13, 20180

Children and Adults….. Sunday 18th November 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Join Watford Cycle hub as they aim to cycle 423 miles… the same distance as the Rickshaw Challenge!!

Starting from Watford Cycle Hub, The Pavilion, Holywell Community Centre, Tolpits Lane, Watford WD18 9QD, cycle as many 1 mile (traffic free) loops as you can to help make up the total distance.  Each loop will be counted and the miles plotted against the Rickshaw Challenge route.

£1 to enter.  Wear yellow or spots and maybe even decorate your bike!!

Get a sponsorship form and be sponsored for each loop you complete. Can you spare an hour or two and lend a hand either being a route marshal, collect money or even a lap recorder! Please email training@watfordcyclehub.org.uk We would really appreciate your support as these events!  


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September 18, 20180

This weekly exercise and movement class will dance your body fit.  Weekly sessions take place at Elm Court Youth and Community Centre, 363 Mutton Lane, Potters Bar, EN6 3BP.  The first class is free and the sessions aim to help people to keep active, feel energised and show that exercise can be fun.  Sessions take place on a Wednesday afternoon from 2.15-3.45pm.  For more information please contact Tracy, exercisewithtracy@gmail.com or call 07949 055958


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September 11, 20180

As part of the Hertfordshire Year of Physical Activity, we have teamed up with Saracens Sport Foundation to offer a free trial at their Love to Dance class in Borehamwood on a Friday between 1000 and 1130am.  The class is a fun and friendly dance session for over 50’s and takes place at Farriers Way Community Centre, Farriers Way, Borehamwood, WD6 2TB.  For more information or to book our free place please contact Clare Bellchambers, 020 3675 7215 or email healthandwellbeing@Saracens.net


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September 11, 20180

As part of the Hertfordshire Year of Physical Activity, we have teamed up with Saracens Sport Foundation to offer a free trial at their Love to Dance class in Potters Bar on a Wednesday between 1245 and 215pm.  The class is a fun and friendly dance session for over 50’s and takes place at King Charles the Martyr Church, Mutton Lane, Potters Bar, EN6 3AS.  For more information or to book our free place please contact Clare Bellchambers, 020 3675 7215 or email healthandwellbeing@Saracens.net



August 29, 20180

Tabard Rugby Club in Radlett are looking for women who want a new challenge.  The session, which introduces the basic skills of rugby, are run in a fun, friendly and commitment-free environment.  Run by England Rugby in partnership with Tabard RFC, the campaign hopes to encourage women off the touchline and onto the field, helping increase the number in rugby.

England’s Katy Daley-Mclean said: “One of the best aspects of rugby is the variety of people you meet through the sport and the different characters and backgrounds fosters a fun and sociable atmosphere which helps to strengthen the bonds between yourself and your team-mates.”

All you’ll need to take part are a pair of trainers, your usual workout gear and a ‘have a go’ attitude. The session takes place on Wednesday 12 September between 6-9pm at Tabard Rugby Club, Cobden Hill, Radlett, WD7 7JN.  For more information, please contact Laura-Jo Pearce 07793 809586.



August 28, 20180

There’s an ideal opportunity for men to be the latest signing to ‘Shape Up’ and reap the health benefits this autumn, as a new weight management course gets under way in Bushey.

The 12-week programme called ‘Shape Up’ focusses on combatting the growing problem of obesity amongst middle aged men in Hertfordshire and is aimed at men aged 18 to 65 with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or over. Use the NHS choices BMI calculator to find out your BMI.

Sessions will take place at St Margaret’s School in Bushey on Wednesday nights between 7:30pm and 9pm from 26 September.

Participants meet up weekly for a 90 minute session consisting of a 30 minute educational segment and a 60 minute physical activity session. These two segments are delivered with the aim to develop a healthy relationship with food and change unhealthy behaviours and habits that cause weight gain.

Shape Up has seen over 850 men engage in sessions across Hertfordshire with participants recording a staggering collective weight loss of over 3.1 tonnes with 23.6 million calories burned over that time. Improvements in mental health have also been seen with 93% of participants reporting improved self-esteem.

A previous participant in Potters Bar, said: “Shape Up has been great. Over the 12 weeks I’ve lost so much weight around middle that I’m wearing shorts that I haven’t worn for years. I can actually bend down and tie my shoes laces now.”

Obesity is a national problem, and one that is growing fast. Currently 63% of adults who live in Hertsmere are carrying excess weight and this is predicted to rise. Promoting a healthy weight and increasing the levels of physical activity will help lead to a reduction in risk of major diseases, such as diabetes and coronary heart disease.

This course is open and accessible to all, delivering at a number of different venues across Hertfordshire. Participants can get involved with Shape Up by contacting 01923 494391 or andrew.garlick@watfordfc.com. For more information visit the Shape Up website.

The free Shape Up weight management course is funded by the Premier League Charitable Fund, PFA, Hertfordshire County Council Public Health and Hertsmere Health and Wellbeing Partnership. The male-only programme is delivered by Watford FC’s Community Sports and Education Trust.

For more information about health and exercise in Hertsmere visit our Physical Activity and Healthy Eating page.

 


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August 9, 20180

Get on your bike for the chance to win some great prizes and get fit by taking part in the Cycle to Work day with thousands of enthusiastic cyclists.

The UK’s biggest cycle commuting event will be held on Wednesday (15 August), but you don’t have to be a regular rider to get involved.

The day has encouraged complete beginners to take up cycling because all you need is a bike and the will to try.

So whether you own a bike already or have access to one from a friend, neighbour or colleague, why not give cycling to work a go.

The annual event, which started in 2012, brings together thousands of enthusiastic riders to hit the streets to celebrate everyday cycling.

If you cycle to work there’s also the opportunity to win some prizes, to find out more visit https://www.cycletoworkday.org/

Plan out your cycling route today by using: https://www.cyclestreets.net/