BENEFITS OF WALKING FOOTBALL

It is no understatement that Walking Football for the Over 50s brings significant benefits to those who take part including:

  • Mental well-being
  • Physical well-being
  • Social well-being

Mental well-being

Once we reach that “certain age” and are contemplating retirement or are retired, we are often at a loss as to how to spend our time. Sitting around with little to do can be frustrating and, in the worst cases, may even lead to depression. Attending playing sessions can bring back some sense of purpose even if only to give one something to do.

There are also many psychological and mental health advantages to playing walking football – namely high levels of personal reward and satisfaction with reduced levels of stress and exertion while playing, despite working physically hard.

Walking football also gives an often isolated section of the community the chance to become involved in something they really enjoy, make new friends, form lasting relationships with like-minded people and generally improve their social circle and overall quality of life, often making them feel less isolated and more a part of the wider community.

As we get older, many of us struggle with our balance, strength, stamina, weight and worst of all confidence and self-esteem levels but walking football has the potential to make a significant impact in all these areas, building body strength, improving muscles, core stability and hopefully losing some of the weight usually gained during the ageing process. As well as being able to increase fitness levels, emotional health gets a great boost too for a person involved in walking football, not least self-confidence and self-esteem.

Physical well-being

Our warm-ups and (at least) hour long playing sessions won’t necessarily aid your quest for a svelte-like body but the exercise is valuable in helping you to keep active, burn up calories and maintain muscle activity. Fitness levels will improve with regular attendance.

Health benefits of walking football for Men & Women.

Walking football offers a wide range of health benefits to older people such as reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke while improving blood pressure. Positive changes in posture and balance. You can see an improvement in, blood pressure and resting heart rate, lowered cholesterol, improved blood sugar levels, bone density and improving reactions, whilst slashing the odds of suffering from type 2 diabetes – all indicators of general good health.

Physical well-being

Walking football is an excellent way of staying fit and healthy. Studies have shown it can be effective in the treatment of mild to moderate hypertension and that it can produce high aerobic activity with marked improvements in fat oxidation and aerobic power. Importantly, benefits are felt whilst deriving enjoyment, which makes people far more likely to exercise than perhaps the perceived chore of having to just ‘exercise regularly.’

There are also significant benefits for any older people involved in a walking football environment or club who perhaps don’t always want to play but can engage in other aspects of the sport or club such as administrative roles, team manager, organising fixtures etc or sitting on a management committee of the club or even just being involved in a social capacity for the good company and friendship. All these things can help to keep older people mentally active and give their lives a very real sense of purpose and belonging, the value of which cannot be overstated.

Walking Football Spain

The stated mission of the Walking Football Spain is “To raise the profile of Walking Football in Spain as an accessible sport for over 50’s, to promote participation in the sport, inspiring activity, seeking to have an impact on physical and mental wellbeing, and maintain a high standard of competitive play leading to success on the Costa Del Sol and international stage.”

Walking Football Spain

If you fancy being the man or woman in the middle we’ve got a big welcome waiting for you.

Referees perform a vital role in the game at all levels and demand for their services is on the increase.

Walking Football is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. If you are living in Spain, retired or on holiday and want to get involved please get i touch.

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