Age is only a number and older Hertsmere residents have the opportunity to prove the saying correct by participating in a range of physical activities from this month.
Hertsmere Borough Council is supporting Hertfordshire County Council’s ‘It’s Never Too Late To Be Active’ campaign, which runs between 23 April and 15 July to encourage the older generation to take up physical activity and is part of the Hertfordshire Year of Physical Activity.
The campaign aims to boost the number of people in the over 55 age range participating in physical exercise after figures revealed that 41.7 per cent of the 55-64 age group do less than the recommended 150 minutes exercise a week.
Among activities taking place will be a Pickleball taster session at the Furzefield Leisure Centre in Potters Bar on 23 April. The little known sport is similar to tennis, but is played with paddles on a badminton court with a lowered net and can be played in singles or doubles format.
The taster session will be taking place between 9.30am and 11.30am and participants will be able to have a free drink in the café.
Football fans will be able to enjoy Walking Football sessions every Tuesday on the Astroturf Court at Bushey Grove Leisure Centre between 11am and noon, while on Thursdays there are Walking Football sessions at Furzefield Centre between 2pm and 3pm.
Other sessions include Walking Netball every Monday at Furzefield between 11.30am and 12.30pm, while a Daily Mile event encourages a grandparent or neighbour to run, jog or walk the daily mile to school on a day of their choosing between 23 April and 4 May.
Councillor Caroline Clapper, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Health, said: “Participating in regular exercise is so important for all age groups, because it helps to reduce the risk of chronic disease and injury and can even improve your mood.
“As the campaign’s title states, it’s never too late to be active, so why not take advantage of this opportunity to take up a new sporting challenge, which will improve your health, by taking part in some of the activities.”
The Hertfordshire Year of Physical Activity 2018 is aimed at encouraging residents to adopt a more active lifestyle.
To find out more about the Year of Physical Activity, visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/hertsyopa18.
For more details about ‘It’s Never Too late To Be Active,’ visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/nevertoolate
For more information about events for the 50+ age group, visit http://www.hertsmereleisure.co.uk/wyllyotts-theatre/fifty-plus-programme/50–weekly-activities