Why play Walking Sports?
Why play Walking Sports? Well a Walking Sport is a great activity ideal for the older age group. They are an excellent form of exercise for people with a physical disability. Walking Sports can also help people suffering from mental health issues or facing from social isolation.
Playing a Walking Sport can help people lose weight. Therefore they are a great activity to help reduce the risks of diabetes type 2.
They help increase cardiovascular and pulmonary (heart and lung) fitness which in turn can reduce the risk of heart disease and suffering from a stroke.
Walking Sports also help tackle social isolation. Someone in the later years of life, living alone, might suffer from loneliness which can easily cause depression and sadness. When someone’s family has left home and their partner may have passed away, they may spend too much time alone at home. Walking Sports give this person the opportunity to get out of their house, mingle with new friends and extend their social circle.
Having the opportunity and a reason to get out of the house is invaluable. To play their favourite sport once again and kick-start their social activity, by meeting new friends with a common interest.
Gerry Reardon – FAI Grassroots Development Manager famously quoted, “Most importantly a cup of tea lasts longer than the football match“. The social side of meeting up again and having fun really does motivate people.
You will find members of the Walking Sports community are very supportive and will welcome you with open arms. Walking Sports really give you the opportunity to meet like-minded people in a friendly and inclusive setting.
The question you will ask yourself, following your first session will be, “Why didn’t I try this before?”
So the next time someone asks you, “Why play Walking Sports?” you will know what to tell them!