Eng-AGE with fitness for life

12 Feb 2013 @ 4.14 pm
| News

York is keeping the legacy of London 2012 alive by inspiring residents to discover new ways of keeping fit at Eng-AGE 50+ Activity Day on Monday 18 February at Energise, Cornlands Road.

Designed to showcase a number of different sports and activities, the City of York Council event is open to everyone over 50 who is interested in finding out more about what is available in York. At last year’s Eng-AGE 50+ taster day, some 90 over-50s signed up and got down to a Zumba Gold taster class at the leisure centre, while 52 people got healthier and happier trying Tai Chi!

Councillor Sonja Crisp, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism said: “I’ve been before and I’ll be there this year to try the classes. Amongst those on offer will be taster sessions on the climbing wall, pilates, aerobics and hula hooping.

“There will also be group beginner runs, Nordic walking taster sessions and health walks all setting off from the centre, with specialised classes such as Neurological Pilates and Chair-Based Exercise, often recommended by health professionals as part of a patient’s recovery programme. Participants can try as much or as little as they like.

“The day celebrates the second anniversary of the launch of City of York Council’s Eng-AGE programme, which aims to encourage people over 50 to become more active. This event aims to give more people the chance to try new activities and discover something that they enjoy – and then want to continue every week at the classes based across York. Information stands on clubs and groups across York will be on hand during the day for more details.

“Over the past year since our Eng-AGE programmes were launched, we have had a fantastic response to our sport and fitness sessions. People over 50 have enjoyed taking part in activities such as Tai Chi, Zumba Gold and badminton.”

Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones, City of York Council’s Director of Public Health, said: “This Eng-AGE event rightly promotes the benefits of exercise which bringsmedical benefits to health like reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, and many forms of cancer as well as the reduced risk of falls and fractures.

“Additionally, it can help improve sleep, develop stronger and more toned muscles and improved posture, co-ordination and balance. Exercise can also help reduce falls and keep individuals happier, healthier and more independent for longer. And let’s not forget the social benefits of getting out to classes which can help mental wellbeing too.”

The Activity Day opens for registration at 9.15am and includes a morning session from 9.30am to 1pm and an afternoon session starting at 1pm and finishing at 4pm. Prices are £4.50 for a half day and £7.50 all day, which includes cups of tea or coffee mid morning and mid afternoon to keep participants hydrated and a chance for a chat.

Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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