Take an active interest

Thousands of us will be planning on becoming fitter and healthier this January. But once you’ve made your mind up that you want to start off by having an active 2013, it’s a question of how, where and when you can exercise.

That’s where Active Norfolk can help. They’ve got plenty of ways for you to get active across Norfolk this January and have shared them with us below. So there really is no excuse now!

You probably don’t need us to tell you that keeping healthy through regular exercise is important.

January is traditionally the time of year when people get their trainers on and get active.

January is traditionally the time of year when people get their trainers on and get active.

But it can also be really stimulating, rewarding and fun, and here at Active Norfolk we aim to get as many Norfolk people living healthy and active lifestyles as we can.

The feeling of knowing you’ve given your body a good workout is incredibly satisfying and from athletics to zumba, there are so many ways you can keep fit in Norfolk in 2013, whoever you are.

For adults…

Fancy trying a new sport or activity, or get back into a sport you haven’t tried for years? Our ‘Get Into’ programme is for you. It consists of around 70 courses that offer sport and fitness activities for adults of all ages and abilities. Our winter 2013 courses start at the end of January and beginning of February and booking is available now.

All the courses are meant as an informal and fun way of getting people into an activity – and give people the chance to meet like-minded people who are hoping to do something new at the start of the year. They are held at local clubs across Norfolk by experienced instructors, start at as little as £3.75 a session and last for 6-8 weeks. Click here to search.

For teenagers and young adults…

Are you between 14-25 years old? Looking to give something a bit different a go to kick-start the year? Then try your hand at one of the activities available with Sportivate.

The courses offer the chance for young people to take up something they’ve never done before in the form of taster sessions. These include activities such as climbing, running, skiing and yoga.

For families…

It’s not always easy in the winter to think of places to go for a family day out. So why not combine family time with a bit of exercise?

These ideas originally came courtesy of The Times newspaper, but good advice is good advice. From flying your kite to going for a swim, here’s five ways the whole family can have fun and stay healthy. See here for more.

And don’t miss out on the Norfolk Village Games, which is suitable for all ages and taking place across the county in June. Villages from six different districts are split up into ‘Small Villages’, ‘Medium Villages’ and ‘Large Villages/Market Towns’ and compete to take part in the Norfolk-wide finals in July to crown the winner in each category.

To express an interest on entering your village, click here, and to see when your district competition is, look here.

For working men and women…

Ask anyone what the hardest thing about staying fit is and they’ll probably tell you it’s finding the time to do it. Well, even that might become a thing of the past thanks to our Fit4Work campaign.

If you think your employees or colleagues could benefit from some social activity, then you can sign up to become a Fit4Work business here. There’s even the chance to get involved in some competitive fun against other organisations at the West Norfolk Games in March and the Corporate Games in June, or start up a beginners’ running group.

It's not all about feeling the burn! There are lots of ways to make exercise enjoyable.

It’s not all about feeling the burn! There are lots of ways to make exercise enjoyable.

There will also be a Wellbeing Event at The Brasserie in Nuffield Heath, Norwich with speakers offering health advice on a variety of topics. Those who attend being given free access to the club, including the gym and swimming pool.

For people with disabilities…

You’ll remember 2012’s glorious Paralympics but here in Norfolk we have our own Adult Disability Games. They don’t start until May so there’s plenty of time to get started on an activity and get practising between now and then!

In the meantime, take your pick from any one of the following clubs which offer facilities for a variety of different disabilities.

The Norfolk Special Olympics group also provides training and competition for people with disabilities in various locations for sports such as swimming, cycling, equestrianism and athletics. See here for further details.

So do you know what you want to do but still aren’t sure where to do it? Active Norfolk also provides an interactive map where you can search by postcode for your leisure centre, or type in which sport or activity you’re interested in and find out where the nearest location is that provides it.

For Norwich residents, the Norwich Sport and Physical Activity Directory gives addresses of where you can take part in a number of different activities in the city.

And for straightforward advice on how to keep fit through exercise and sporty activity, the NHS has a number of tips on their Change4Life site, as well as easy, everyday ways that you can stay healthy.

Good luck! We’re off to do some lunges…

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