At the end of April we had frost, sleet, hail and other, unusual for the time of year and quite wintery, conditions. Barely two weeks later, we have what we could even call summer weather – sunshine, warmth, blue skies…… There were loads of people in the park today enjoying themselves – Friends of the park on a work day, families with children playing games, tennis players, runners, even some sunbathers. It’s really great seeing the park used so well.
We all know that we should aim to be fit and active to be healthier but this isn’t as easy to do for some people as for others. However, there is help and encouragement for anyone who wants/needs it. The Moor Running Friends have been going now for three years – here’s what I wrote just after they started:
New Year Resolutions continue for this newly formed group of running fitness enthusiasts who meet in the park every Saturday at 11:00 for an hour’s exercise.
The sessions are FREE and are led by a qualified Run England/UK Athletics Run Group Leader. There are still places available – contact Chris Hodkinson on 0161 366 9763 to register.
Whether you have never run before, last ran (for a bus!) decades ago, or are a regular runner and super fit, give the group a try.
If you want more info about them, search under ‘Moor Running Friends’. The group is very active and always keen to welcome new members.
Another local group is the Sustainable Living in the Heatons group which will be organising bike rides throughout the summer – not around our small park though, a bit further afield.
Sounds good? I think so!
While on the subject of bicycles I must mention that I regularly see families in the mornings cycling through the park on their way to school. There are at least a couple of family groups – parents with children – and the children have been cycling to school since they were around 5 years old. Not something you see often these days. And there are also families dropping kids off at school accompanied by pre-schoolers on small bikes and scooters – lovely to see🙂
There are, of course, less strenuous, gentle exercises that are good for the body, and soul too. I sometimes see people doing Tai Chi in the park – usually just one person on their own. It might be an idea to have a regular group meeting up to do this – like they do in China.
And then, of course, there’s the knitting group – still going strong and shortly due to celebrate their fifth anniversary. A gentle form of exercise, you would agree? But a word of warning: do be careful not to get RSI from knitting, like one of the ladies did very recently!
It goes without saying that all sports and exercise should be undertaken with care so as to avoid injury. You don’t want to do what I did the other day. Enthused by the sunny day, I shed my coat, my scarf, my woolly jumper, wore sandals on bare feet – what bliss! what joy! It was practically a heatwave! I went for a long walk and then hobbled around for the next few days because of the blisters on my feet!