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Walking Football provides health benefits for men and women alike
It offers a multitude of health benefits to older people such as reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and strokes while improving blood pressure. This activity also provides positive changes in postural balance, resting heart rate, cholesterol, blood sugar levels, bone density and reactions – all indicators of general good health. Walking Football also helps to slash the odds of suffering from type 2 diabetes .
As well as being an excellent way of staying fit and healthy, studies have shown it can be effective in the treatment of mild to moderate hypertension and that it can produce high aerobic activity with marked improvements in fat oxidation and aerobic power. Importantly, these benefits are felt whilst having fun, which makes people far more likely to exercise than perhaps viewing it as a chore.
There are also many psychological and mental health advantages to playing walking football. They include high levels of personal reward and satisfaction with reduced levels of stress and exertion while playing, despite working physically hard.
Walking football also gives an often isolated section of the community an opportunity to become involved in something they really enjoy, make new friends, form lasting relationships with like-minded people and generally improve their social circle and overall quality of life. This helps to lessen the sense of isolation and feel more part of a wider community.
Even if you don’t want to or can’t play, there are many other opportunities to engage in other aspects of the sport. They include administrative roles, team management, organising fixtures or even just being involved in a social capacity for the good company and friendship. All these things can help to keep older people mentally active and give their lives a very real sense of purpose and belonging, the value of which cannot be overstated.
As we get older, many of us struggle with our balance, strength, stamina, weight and worst of all confidence and self-esteem levels but walking football has the potential to make a significant impact in all these areas, building body strength, improving muscles, core stability and hopefully losing some of the weight usually gained during the ageing process. As well as being able to increase fitness levels, emotional health gets a great boost too for a person involved in walking football, not least self-confidence and self-esteem.
For more information please visit www.thewfa.co.uk
The Foundation runs sessions every week from 7.30-9pm at a cost of £3.50. We take part in regular friendly matches with other local teams and often participate in national walking football tournaments. Find out more by contacting shelly.mcglinchey@ gotothevenue.com
For more information email Shelly.McGlinchey@gotothevenue.com or call 01691 684840.