Walking football health benefits are many, both physical and mental.
The Problem With Ageing & Lack Of Exercise
Ageing is a fact of life that we can all be absolutely certain of. Getting older doesn’t mean that you must slow down or stop being active. As you age it’s perfectly possible for you to improve your fitness, and exercise should be encouraged the older you become.
People are less active nowadays, partly because technology and transport has made our lives easier. How many people walk or cycle to work these days? We sit in front of the TV or computer screen far more than we used to do. Fewer people work doing manual jobs, most have jobs that involve very little physical effort. We move around a lot less and don’t burn off the calories we should, resulting in obesity, which is becoming a big problem. According to research, people aged 65 and over spend 10 hours or more each day sitting or lying down, making them the most sedentary age group.
Many older men don’t engage in physical activity due to a lack of confidence. Walking football is all about encouraging them to be active and getting out and meeting others in the same boat.
In order to stay healthy, adults should try to be active on a daily basis and aim to achieve at least 150 minutes of physical activity every week. Walking football can provide this for you. The Department of Health describe inactivity as a “silent killer”. Pretty obvious really, but they say that evidence is emerging that sedentary behaviour, such as sitting or lying down for long periods, is bad for your health.
Regular physical exercise is the key to maintaining and improving your health. The problem, at least for many, is that as we age we don’t have the motivation or inclination to visit the gym, go cycling, running or even walking. Unless we can engage in a sport or physical activity we love then the chances of taking regular physical exercise are slim for most people.
In the UK around 22% of men die before they reach the age of 65, compared to 13% of women. By the age of 55-64 only 32% of men say they take the recommended 150 minutes of exercise a week. Physically active men have a 20%–30% reduced risk of premature death and 50% less chance of chronic disease.
Whatever your age, being physically active can help you lead a healthier and even happier life. Exercise is the miracle cure that’s always been available, but too many people have neglected to take their recommended dose. Our health is now suffering as a consequence.
Walking Football Health Benefits
Physical exercise and the walking football health benefits can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes by up to 50%. It can also lower your risk of early death by up to 30%. Exercise has an immediate effect and is also a key factor in promoting mental well-being. It can reduce the risk of stress, depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s. The other walking football health benefits also provide a better social life and help to alleviate any feelings of loneliness and isolation.
It’s a medically proven fact that people who partake in regular physical exercise have:
- Up to a 35% lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
- Up to a 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes
- Up to a 50% lower risk of colon cancer
- Up to a 20% lower risk of breast cancer
- A 30% lower risk of early death
- Up to an 83% lower risk of osteoarthritis
- Up to a 68% lower risk of hip fracture
- A 30% lower risk of falls (among older adults)
- Up to a 30% lower risk of depression
- Up to a 30% lower risk of dementia
Given the overwhelming medical evidence, it’s obvious that we should all be physically active into old age.
To benefit from any type of physical activity the heart rate needs to be raised and breathing needs to be faster, the walking football health benefits can provide this.
Whatever your age there are many benefits to staying fit and healthy, and playing walking football can help you:
- Build strength
- Improve muscles
- Increase your core stability
- Lose weight
- Improve your balance
- Improve your social life
What To Do Next
Not convinced? Watch this video and check out our Testimonials page to see how taking part in Vintage Celtic’s walking football sessions has helped many of our players improve their health and social life.
If you would like to see how the walking football health benefits can improve your fitness and well-being, then come along and try one of our evening sessions in Ashton-under-Lyne or Stalybridge. Click here for details of our playing venues.
Our members all differ in ability and some hadn’t played football for 30 or 40 years before joining us. We also have many players with health problems, so that won’t restrict you. Ladies are welcome too, we are not inclusive.