Football 4 Fitness

How to get started at any age...

T he NHS recommends doing some sort of exercise activity EVERY day! Any type of activity is good for you and the more you do the better.

Adults should:

  • Aim to be physically active every day
  • Do strengthening activities that work all the major muscles
  • Do at least 150mins of moderate intensity activity a week
  • Reduce time sitting or lying down and break up long peirods of not moving

Women's football is the top team sport for females in England and counts towards your recommended amount of weekly aerobic activity. The benefits include reducing your risk of certain chronic illnesses. The combination of running, walking, sprinting and kicking can bring benefits including increased stamina and improved cardiovascular health along with improved coordination. Not only is football great for physical fitness, having a jog around the park or pitch can also help reduce tension, anxiety and depression!

Football is not an expensive sport, in fact, if you can find a ball to play with, a kickabout in the park is absolutely FREE!

Want to give it a try?

If you're looking for something a bit more organised, clubs usually range from free to £5 per session. But remember, all that is needed is some comfy clothes, trainers, space and a ball. Football in the UK is governed by the Football Association (FA) and part of what they do is put safeguarding measures in place to protect participants of all ages. Funding for grassroots teams and clubs has been increased facilitating substantial growth in the sport. For more information about how you can get involved check out The FA

There are opportunities to join clubs and groups all over the place but if you are unable to find a club near you, you could start one yourself.

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