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“If exercise were a pill, it would be one of the most cost-effective drugs ever invented” says Dr Nick Cavill, a health promotion consultant.
It can reduce back pain, arthritic pain in joints, and many pains from soft tissues. It also reduces your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and lowers your risk of early death by up to 30%.
Exercise is the miracle cure we’ve always had, but for too long we’ve neglected to take our recommended dose. Our health is now suffering as a consequence. Whatever your age, there's strong scientific evidence that being physically active can help you lead a healthier and even happier life.
Research shows that physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress, depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Your GP is able to refer you for exercise on prescription at The Arena Leisure Centre in Camberley. Ask your doctor for more information. Get Active 50+ are swimming classes run for the over 50’s who have never learnt to swim. It costs £25 for an 8 week programme and the first “taster session” is free. Contact The Arena Leisure Centre on 01276 417111
The following websites can help you find an exercise that’s fun and right for you:
Surrey Heath is proud to be an accredited part of the national ‘Walking for Health’ scheme, offering short, safe and sociable walks in the local community. Walking can improve your health, your happiness and, by joining our group, it will give you the chance to explore the outdoors, get to know your local area and meet new people.
The amount of physical activity need depends on your age. Why not take the quiz and find out how active you are?
Search for an activity by playing around with the filters or simply select “Yes” in the Free taster session option to list all the clubs in the county ready to welcome you with a free taster. With lots of Free Sports Taster Sessions available it really is a great opportunity.
Walking football is fun and healthy and you’re never too old. The site points you to local organisations.
The Camberley Walking Football is at Frimley Lodge Park, Sturt Road GU16 6HY. Wed 1-2pm Ages: 50+ £2 3G pitch
Alive 'N' Kicking is a highly successful children’s lifestyle weight management service that helps overweight children and young people and their families to reach and maintain a healthier weight. The service provides age specific programmes for families with children aged between 2 to 19 years old. Each categorised programme is specifically designed to provide age appropriate messages, activities and behavioural change strategies that will benefit the whole family.
1 Beech Road
Tel: 01252 835016
Tel: 01252 317551
159 Frimley Road
Tel: 01276 20101
73 Cumberland Road
Tel: 01276 64758
All Saints House
All Saints Road
Tel: 01276 538600
Website: Park Road and Old Dean Surgery
Tel: 01276 29119
Tel: 01276 476333
143 Park Road
Tel: 01276 670056
Tel: 01276 62622
37 Upper Gordon Road
Tel: 01276 459040
Your clinician may decide you need some physiotherapy after your session with our service.
NHS physiotherapy is currently being provided by Ascenti Physiotherapy. They will contact you directly if physiotherapy is required. Their telephone number is 0330 678 0850 or email email@example.com