Posted: Wednesday 11th April 2018
Inspired by the gold medal success of Hertfordshire born and Commonwealth Games champion, Max Whitlock, we’ve put together a selection of sports featured in the games that are available for the public to try here in Hertfordshire.
With 2018 being the Herts Year of Physical Activity, it’s the ideal time to give your fitness levels a boost by trying something new. Don’t let a lack of sporting experience or poor fitness levels put you off. There’s plenty on offer for all ages and abilities.
Worryingly, studies have shown that the average adult is not achieving the daily recommended guideline for 30 minutes of active exercise per day is this is having a serious impact on our well-being.
According to the National Health Service, regular exercise can reduce the risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and lower the risk of early death by up to 30%. The NHS have also said that physical activity can work wonders to boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress, depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
To help you increase your physical activity and benefit from the many health and social advantages of physical exercise, here are some sports activities available in Hertfordshire you could try. Who knows, you could be Hertfordshire’s next champion sports star yourself?
Netball –Not just for school, netball is coming back into fashion in a big way with a number of teams available in Hertfordshire catering to all ages and abilities. For those who are in the older age bracket there is the slower paced ‘walking netball’ option available so there’s no excuse for not joining in and shooting a few hoops. A list of the walking netball groups available in Hertfordshire, as well as plenty of other information on the sport, can be found on the Hertfordshire County Netball Association website www.hertsnetball.co.uk
Badminton – Ideal for couples or friends, or even single players looking to make new friends, badminton is a great way to ease into sport socially. Whether you’rereturning to Badminton or just a beginner, there are many clubs and leisure facilities across the county to help you give it a go. Visit your local leisure centre for more information or visit the Badminton England website to search for Badminton opportunities taking place near you www.badmintonengland.co.uk
Cycling – Cycling is an excellent option for those who enjoy going places with their exercise. Get fit, discover the world around you and even use your bike as an alternative method of transport to work, school or play. There are a number of cycling routes listed on the Hertfordshire County Council website for you to discover. For more information visit https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/health-in-herts/keep-active/leisure-cycling.aspx
Aquatics – Water sport appeals to all ages and is a great form of exercise for those with restricted mobility issues on solid ground and for those who want to improve the health of your heart. Most local leisure centres in Hertfordshire offer swimming lessons for children and adults as well as swimming exercise classes which are a great way to get fit and have fun. Visit your local leisure centre or visit their website for more information.
For more information on the Herts Year of Physical Activity and how you can be involved with encouraging a healthier Herts, visit https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/health-in-herts