Home Health Want to be more active but not sure where to start?

Want to be more active but not sure where to start?

by Gemma Melling

If you’re looking to get active and fit but not sure what to do or where to go, help is available in Knowsley.

From walking groups, cycling, dance classes and aerobics, there’s something for everyone of all ages and abilities.

What’s on near me?

Click on your local area below for a full list of activities taking place near you.

There are a range of year-round community and leisure activities available across the borough in Kirkby, Prescot and Whiston, Huyton and Halewood which are suitable for anyone. Take a look and see what takes your fancy!

What about my local leisure centre?

For information on leisure sessions and memberships in Knowsley leisure centres, visit the Volair website or call 0151 443 2200.

Be inspired by Carol

Carol McLoughlin, 55, who lives and works in Knowsley discovered a love of cycling four years ago. She thinks anything which encourages more women to get more active is a great idea:

“I really enjoy riding – once I got over the saddle-sore! It makes me feel so much better too.

 

“I’ve had phases of going to the gym or doing different exercise classes over the years but I never found anything I really stuck at. I’d not done anything for a couple of years and then four years ago I got back on a bike for the first time since I was at school and now I love it!

 

“A comment at work about how I’d not ridden a bike since I was a kid led to a colleague telling me about Pedal Away Knowsley community rides. With bikes and helmets available to hire for just a pound donation, cycling with a group through parks and traffic-free routes – I didn’t really have an excuse not to go and try it out and now I’m so glad I did.”

After 40 years Carol has surprised herself with her cycling abilities and last year surpassed all her own expectations when she completed a grueling 34 mile ride:

“I’d never ridden anywhere near that sort of distance before but I decided to go for it! I set a myself a couple of potential drop-out milestone points along with way just in case, but I didn’t need them, I did it! I was so pleased!”

It’s not all about the cycling, there’s also a really nice social side to riding with a group of people. Carol got chatting with another rider and they discovered a shared interest in ballroom dancing. Carol now goes twice a week to the same dance class. “I absolutely love it,” she said.

When Carol turned 50 she wasn’t active at all and now she’s out at least three times a week riding or dancing. She also manages to squeeze in a walk with the dog twice a day.