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Keeping active - #Livewell

Published on Thursday, 31st May 2018

Keeping active is vital for our physical and mental wellbeing and fundamental in tackling childhood and adult obesity.

The Council is committed to supporting an active population with healthy lifestyles and keen to promote initiatives that encourage physical activity. Currently 8 in 10 adults are not doing enough physical activity.

Physical activity aimed at the older population is increasingly important. With the proportion of over 65s set to increase by 27% in the next 7 years. Physical activity for older people also helps maintain stability and helps prevent falls and trips. Older individuals who join together to be physically active can increase communal health and wellbeing.

Maldon District has various sport and fitness clubs and groups, including walking and running schemes, enhanced by our wonderful natural environment. Exposure to the natural environment combined with physical activity can also contribute to mental wellbeing. For details of sport and wellbeing clubs and groups for Maldon District residents you can visit the local events page on VisitMaldonDistrict.co.uk

Case Study – Maldon and District U3A Bowling Group

For the last 15 years members of the Maldon and District U3A Bowling group have been meeting every week at Madison Heights, Maldon to chat, bowl and be active. The group have recently completed their 800th group session and regularly host over 80 participants across Wednesday and Thursday morning to bowl and socialise.

David Arnold who co-ordinates the sessions said “I’ve been coming here since the start, over 15 years ago. It is so popular and everyone has such a great time.”

John who is 90 years old said “I bowl with the group every week, along with my Tai Chi it’s a great way to stay active and enjoy myself.”

Kim, John and Doreen who have all bowled with the group for 2 years and were bowling together today said “everyone is such good company; it’s a happy and friendly group.”

Members of the group range from 59 to 90 and everyone plays in different groups each week. Bowling is a great sport for people of differing abilities and as there are no teams and everyone play with different people each week; the only real competition is your own score.

Norma said “I’ve only been with the group for 1 year and had never bowled before, but I love it, I think my best score is 134, but we have some very good members”

Laura Newberry, General Manager of Madison Heights said “Bowling is a great way to stay active; it is low impact and open to people of all abilities. We have a range of activities on offer to people of all ages, from Monkey Puzzle; our multi award winning soft play centre, Sk8ters Roller Skating or Madison Lanes; our classic Ten-Pin Bowling. We also offer a range of food and drink options including Izumi oriental buffet, Henri’s Steakhouse and Arteasan Café Tearoom.”

The popularity of 10 pin bowling is a rather hidden gem against the more traditional core sports. However, its inclusive participation shows that this activity can help improve key skills such as mobility, hand to eye co-ordination and physical and mental wellbeing.