April 2017 : Physical Activity

Step it up!

Aside from keeping us physically healthy, exercising makes us feel good and can be a great way to meet new people.  Being active is particularly important as we get older.  It not only reduces our risk of serious illness but also enables us to stay fit enough to keep doing the things we enjoy.

We don’t have to be young, or even particularly fit, to start being more active.  It also doesn’t have to involve going anywhere near a gym or squeezing into brightly coloured lycra  (well, not unless you want to!).

The main thing is to do something you enjoy.  Aside from leaving you feeling better inside, choosing an enjoyable activity makes it more likely you will keep doing it and make it part of your daily routine.

How to get active

Adults should aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day on at least five days per week.  Children and young people should be doing twice that amount.

Don’t forget to stay strong.  Exercise that strengthens your core muscles are particularly important for keeping you healthy for longer.

There’s information on local opportunities to get more active later in this leaflet.  These include groups who run sessions of walking, which is the most popular activity of all – and always more fun when done in a group.

Local physical activity groups

Our community map has a whole section dedicated to getting actve and can help you find something to do near you.  Here are a few examples:

Sandhurst Health walks

One hour walk, open to all abilities. Monday to Friday, 9.30am. Start from Sandhurst Town Council, Yorktown Rd, Sandhurst, Berkshire GU47 9BJ.Call 01344 774754

Summer evening walks for people of average fitness are also available from Horseshoe Lake car park on Wednesdays at 7pm, starting on Wednesday, 27 April. Visit the Health Walks website for more information.

South Hill Health walks

One,two and three mile walks with a visit to the cafe afterwards. Second and fourth Saturday of the month at 10.30am. Call 07443 499207 for more information.

Bracknell Leisure Centre

Range of gym facilities, sports classes, fitness sessions and swimming on offer. The centre also runs the Fit for Life programme, which provides classes for people over 50. Visit the Bracknell Leisure Centre website, call 01344 454203 or visit the centre at Bagshot Road, Bracknell, RG12 9SE for more information.

Bracknell Parkrun

Free 5k run for all abilities. 9am, every Saturday at Great Hollands Recreation Ground, South Road, Wokingham, Berks, RG40 3EE. Register online and then just turn up on the day . Throughout April parkrun will also be offering runners with a run buddy who will be doing 1 min run, 1 min walk through the whole parkrun and will be there to support and encourage anybody that wants to join them.

Adult Jazz/Lyrical classes

Wednesday 12.15 - 1.15pm at Bullbrook Community Centre, RG12 2NL. Tel: 01344 484736.

Adult Tap Dance classes

Wednesday mornings at Bullbrook Community Centre, RG12 2NL, Wednesday evenings at Martin's Heron & The
Warren Community Centre, RG12 9TZ and Thursday morning Birch Hill Community Centre RG12 7WW. Call 01344 484736.

Tai Chi for over 50s (Age UK)

Great Hollands Community Centre. £4 per session with refreshments afterwards. Tuesdays 11.00 - noon.
Call 01189 594242

Tai Chi & Seated Dance (Ascot Day Centre)

Tai Chi, 11.30am, Wednesdays. Seated Dance, Thursday mornings. Non-members welcome. £2 per session.  Call 01344 774754

Community centre activities

Most of the community centres in Bracknell Forest offer a range of physical activity classes. For more information visit the Community Centres page on the Bracknell Forest Council website or call us on 01344 351493 for direct contact details of community centres.

Back to Fitness

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