- Thursday, 27 September 2012
A Middlesex University sports scientist is urging older people to channel the spirit of the Olympics by making their way to community centres, sports clubs and gyms.
Friday 28th September is National Fitness Day, which looks to empower the UK to transform their lives through fitness and active lifestyles.
After the resounding success of the Olympics and Paralympics, Middlesex University fitness expert Anne Elliott believes older people should celebrate the day by trying out a new sport or activity.
With winter rapidly drawing in, Anne is concerned that the early dark nights can deter mature people from exercising, but suggests that winter should viewed as a good chance to socialise by trying new sports - the perfect way to make exercise seem less like a chore.
She said: “Exercise doesn't have to be a 'me' thing and can be even more successful as an 'us' thing. Socialising is a very good motivator for exercising, especially as the nights are drawing in. For people over 65 it can be a great reason to get out and have some fun with others. There are specialist classes such as for arthritis sufferers or for those with heart problems as well as general seniors keep fit classes. Residents should contact the local council, Help the Aged or local libraries for information.”
“There are a wide range of activities people can to get involved in together. Badminton is huge fun when played in doubles or if that too much, what about learning to dance?”
Anne adds “adult education centres are just gearing up now and are a good place to 'have a go' at something new. Most have a good range of options without it being too costly. Leisure centres also start up new courses at this time of year. Have a go at something different and make new friends as you get fitter.”
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