We lose muscle as we age which is one of the reasons why staying active is vital for longer term health. Raising your heart rate for short periods several times a week can lead to both physical and mental health benefits and help manage many conditions.
While Active Surrey's 'Get active 50+funding has ended (you can read the formal Impact Report for the programme here), local councils are still offering specific activities to inspire people to try something new; anything is better than just sitting on the sofa.
The recommendation from Public Health England is that adults should do strengthening and balancing exercises twice a week alongside aerobic exercise. This is important as we age, as poor muscle strength increases the risk of falls by 76%. 'Get active 50+' inspired strength and balance classes can still be found across Surrey.
Activities across Surrey
Click on your borough/district below, to find out what activities are happening near you.
if you can't see what you're looking for, contact the sports development officer at your local council who may be able to help.
Bowls clubs across Surrey often run open days but outside of these times they're always keen to help newcomers. Click on the links to find your nearest club (please note clubs in Spelthorne come under the Middlesex County Bowls Association).
Think you're too old for something new? Then take inspiration from this trio, who gave Get active 50+ a go. Talk about This Girl Can; these ladies do:
- Read Kym's story of taking up jogging and completing things she never thought possible with a supportive, local group.
- Learn more about Audrey's introduction to golf games and her winning ways - at 92 years young.
- Or discover how Carol overcame a fear of water which started when she was at primary school.
Based on the Otago exercise programme used by health professionals worldwide, these classes for older residents can help you feel stronger, improve your balance and become more mobile - and you can join at any time, subject to spaces. Just click on the picture below.
We add new course/location details to our Otago sessions sheet when we receive them from local boroughs / districts. If your area isn't listed, please contact your local council's Sports Development Officer in the first instance, or Active Surrey's Mark Sherwood on 01483 519334.