The benefits of walking sports
Walking sports bring with them a wide range of physical and mental benefits. Not only do they give you a chance to play the sports you love – or try a new one if you’d prefer – but the games will give you a physical workout which your body might not be getting otherwise. There are social benefits too. Walking sports provide the opportunity to socialise before, during and after the games, which can be a boost to people feeling lonely and isolated.
But despite all the upsides, trying out a walking sport at their local walking sports group may seem a giant leap for some people. It could be a lack of confidence to go alone; thinking that they’re not fit enough or even too fit to benefit; or perhaps they don’t know what to wear.
That’s where Just Get Active comes in.
What is Just Get Active?
It’s Just’s new initiative. Currently running in Warwickshire and the surrounding areas, it’s designed to increase opportunities to get involved with walking sports. It kicked off last September with a successful taster day at Warwick University, where people came to play the walking versions of their favourite team sports and meet others with similar interests to their own. To encourage participation, in January we launched My Just Get Active, an app for tracking walking sports steps, and the 1 Million Walking Sports Step Challenge.
There’s also justgetactive.co.uk. The website has everything you need to get or stay active in your later years – including information about the many different kinds of walking sports you could get involved in, and inspiring blogs and videos with real-life stories to motivate you.
But while Just Get Active provides you with the guidance and encouragement you need, ultimately only you can make the choice to be more active. There’ll always be barriers to overcome, but the best way to get past them, to quote The Doors, is to “break on through to the other side”. Or in this case, walk on through to the other side.
Walking sports are an ideal way to find fun, fitness and friendship at a pace that suits you. You’ll still work up a sweat, there’ll still be a couple of aching muscles the next morning, but you’ll be able to keep going back. And that’s the main thing. To continue the physical workouts and, ultimately, just get active.
Though we want to encourage people to get and remain as active as possible, please remember to listen to all government advice on the shielding of vulnerable people and social distancing measures throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. All the while these measures are in place, please refrain from attending walking sports group sessions for your own and others’ safety.