What types of sport and physical activity do you like to take part in? What would you like to do more of? What stops you doing more?
What sports facilities are there where you live or work?
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Cycling. I'm planning to do a lot more. Inertia and competing interests are what stop me
Join your local cycling Club.
Visit http://www.hernehillvelodrome.com/ or the Lee Valley Velodrome
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Perhaps this is a blog? How strange for a survey
I've got the same problem with it, very badly thought out survey.
Physical activities - lots ( I'm an allotment-holder )
I dance & I cycle occasionally & walk quite a bit.
But "conventional" sports are a disease & a snare - one the "team games" aspect is a thin disguise for preludes to fascism ( Think Berlin& the first use of the "torch" ) Never mind the inevitable groupthink & male-cow-droppings associated with the whole spectacle.
Oh, ys, I'm 72
Sorry, Greg, but this is nonsense. Team sports have been around long before the 1930s. Even the Romans played team sports. The Olympics began with the Ancient Greeks.
I haven't noticed any rise in hate crime as a result of team sports. Quite the reverse. It is the exclusion from team/community activities that leads to hate, suspicion and hostility towards "the other".
And where did the NSDAP get their salute from?
Imperial Rome .....
I only spent the ages between 11 & 14 on the sp*rts fields & it still gives me the all-over cold shudders.
The bullying, the "jolly team games" the cult of the "leader" ( or should I say "guide"? ) the assumption that cold, terror & violent exercise were somehow good for you - all the lies that all totalitarian regimes use.
NOTE; In the time since then I have actually done fencing & archery, but there you are largely competing against your self.
I also found, at age 17 that little me, who NEVER did any sp*rts at all - was fitter & had a longer endurance than all those who did - the school sent volunteers to a week in the Lake District - the ONLY pupil who went out every day - was me.
Sp*rts are 150% unnecessary
I love both running and cycling but with the poor standard of driving by many professional motorists, HGV drivers thundering past at inappropriate speeds, and some black cab drivers attempting to slice my elbows off in the bus lanes it is not fun to cycle in the capital. Some places around the world have a minimum passing distance for motorists passing a cyclist. Why not in our city?
Because it is not practical on our narrow, overcrowded roads.
A lot of cyclists seem to use the pavement. It's illegal, but there are no police around to stop you.
Try a Velodrome
I go to the gym 4 times a week, for 2 and a half hours each visit, I really enjoy it, especially when I have finished, I feel ready to start the day.
I go swimming once a week, would love to take up aqua aerobics but they're always so chaotic, and I do 10,000 steps a day and use a Vibropower machine for 15 mins a day. Dislike going to the gym.
I am 78 yrs. I love sport but find little is done to encourage the elderly to take part. I participate in lawn bowls and used to bowl all year round until my local borough closed its indoor facility. In the winter to play I have to travel 15/20 miles outside my local borough to play. II used to cycle regularly until recently. Despite using cycle lanes I find the traffic very intimidating. I now do a daily walk as part of my efforts to keep fit.
My local council closed the bowls green in my local park and replaced it with a private mini-golf course that charges £6.50 per person for one round of golf!
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I only walk to and from shops these days - having several long term illnesses that affects my breathing I don't go out of my way to participate in strenous activities.
As for cycling seen two many accidents recently of people being knocked/fallen off bikes.
I'm not surprised you've seen cycling accidents, considering the dangerous behaviour of so many cyclists on London's roads (and pavements). Countless times, I have seen people cycling with a phone in one hand. Once, I saw a man cycling in front of a bus, towards a major road junction, with a phone in BOTH hands and his eyes on the phone! I have seen cyclists pedalling diagonally across lanes of moving traffic.
Other than walking a lot I am, due to my age (71) unable to enjoy taking part in exercise due to cuts in council funding for activities for the elderly. Our local pop in (a charity) has to part fund seated activities (yoga,and keep fit) and line dancing which they are finding increasingly difficult to do. Our local leisure centre and pool had a lot going on for older people which was free but now it has been handed over to another company, people have to 'join' and they no longer provide free activities for older people. Our nearest Age UK activities are an impossible journey away by either car or bus despite being only 3 miles. Activities that would be perfect for older people like Tai Chi or Gi Gong are held in church halls in the late evening. Help us to help ourselves please.
I am 66 and have a very long term disability that has got considerably worse in the last 5 years, meaning I cannot walk the daily 20 miles I used to do, it is a struggle to get to local transport, about 400 metres and I am well served by 3 different bus stop and a rail station. Handing over council facilities only makes the matter worse as funding always goes down at the same rate as prices go up for private profit.
running, cycling, swimming, walking, time is the problem not enough of it to do all I want, so many other things to do
I do a lot of walking with my dog.
I've enjoyed playing badminton for a number of years and I'd recommend it to anyone if they have reasonable agility and fitness. I'm lucky to have friends to play with regularly but its only 1 hour per week. However I can also choose to play in a club (same day/time) which has a 3 hour session and suits me better. They welcome all standards and ages which is great for old codgers such as myself. Its not local unfortunately but I'm prepared to travel to it because its friendly, social and welcoming.
In addition to that I try and get a long walk in once per week somewhere in the nearby countryside (again with friends) and I'm going on a Nordic walking course in the autumn.
I dont really like gyms so I bought my own treadmill last winter which enabled me to walk long distances inside when it was sub zero outside.
To take up swimming again would be great but I cant stand the chlorinated water used in pools. Sorry, but I have NO interest in cycling. The risks of injury or death on city roads is far too great.
Thats about it. The garden gives a bit more activity and I often try and park away from the supermarket entrance so there's a bit of an extra walk involved!
Is this the survey? The link saying open does not do anything! Play badminton, table tennis and Short Tennis now instead of tennis as I am now in my 70’s, advantage being we can play all year round instead of being reliant on the weather. However, it would be great to have a sports hall within reasonable travelling distance from us, despite living in London Barnet, our nearest sports hall is almost 6 miles away and almost an hours travelling time, ridiculous, They provide leisure centres nearer to me which do not have a sports hall otherwise we could do a lot more. I believe it is because Gyms make a lot more money. Very little is done to encourage older people to participate in sport apart from gentle exercise, tai chi and maybe a little bit of dance and movement.
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When all my friends got married I joined a walking group. I am still a member 17 years later. Its a lot of fun, you get meet a lot of new eople an make friends and there arelots of weekends away and holidays to have as well. I also learnt to run last year and did my own version of couch to 5k. Last weekend I ciompleted the British 10k in Westminster in under 82mins. My time might have been better if it was't so stinkingly hot.I have a bikr to, but still a little bit scared ofcycling on London roads.It still remiains that the best way of starting to get fit is to walk, then you just have to find something you like doing and get in the habit.
'tIncidentally I don't go to a gym any more. I used to but then had issues with them wanting too many sign-offs for medical issues. I understand they need to cover themselves but the excerxise was helping the issue! The local swmming pool is to geared towards kids and swimming lesons and doesn;t leave enough room for adults lane swimming. However London Fields Lido adults only is brilliant.
I would like to try a suitable exercise class, possibly pilates, dance, or something geared for beginners. I'm healthy but non-athletic 75+ ,and have limited income. Because of the freedome, the only sport I ever enjoyed was cycling and swimming but cycling is not an option now as I would hate to cycle at a gym, don't have a bike and anyway the roads are too scary these days.
I do as much walking as I can and I do Pilates classes too. I'd like to do some dance classes or something to really get my heart going. But time and money are definitely barriers.
I lprefer running and cyling however poor air quality is a major hindrance in active participation in outdoor running and/or cycling - I am quite concerned about the adverse impact of exercising outdoors .Have no interest in attending major global sports events with a limted focus, vision and scope e.g male traditional sports non traditional sports and womens sports tend to be marginalised ..
I enjoy taking part in group exersise classes at the gym - it creates a community and brings people together. The energy created is great, especially with inspirational coaches.
Thanks everyone for taking part in this discussion. It's great to see such a variety of sport activities.
What role does technology play when thinking about sport/physical activity? Do you book classes or pitches online? Perhaps you track your running or cycling routes through apps like Strava or Garmin? If not, why not?
How easy is it to find opportunities to take part in sport online?
Where do you go for information on where to take part in sport?
I used Runkeeper and have recently switched to Strava to track my running and cycling (until I had 2 bikes stolen within 1 week). I've also recently discovered all sorts of challenges on Strava and athletes to follow.
I find that it's relatively easy to find information about sports clubs/events online. My partner and I recently joined the Freecycle event as part of the Prudential bicycle race. That was really good and we'd like to do more similar events in the future.
I got into cycling a few months ago. Initially bought a cheap single-speed bike and finally made the move to purchase a second-hand road bike last Wednesday.
However, less than 12 hours later my road bike was stolen despite being parked in a public area with a gold secure sold D-lock. 3 days later my original single-speed bike was also stolen from a locked bike shed in front of my flat (also had a D-lock).
So all the cycle highways and bike infrastructure have allowed me to get into cycling. However crime in my area (Tower Hamlets) and all the news about cyclists getting hit by automobiles are stopping me from doing more of it.
hi Marcel i have also had bikes stolen. Really annoying. So I now have a folding bike and it comes with me everywhere. Sits under my desk at work and fits neatly in the entrance hall of my flat. Despite the small wheels it goes like the clappers! Simone
I like Martial Arts. I've won medals for Judo in London, both on the mat as a competitor and off the mat as a captain and for sport dev in general.
The thing I like about martial arts is that it's all on you. Your own performance is everything, and you win or lose on that alone. You can be a blinding forward in rugby, but if Terry could just get up the flippin' wing...
I also love the discipline of it, the respect. If I spoke to a ref in Judo the way you see them carrying on in footy, I'd never be welcome back! It teaches you where to hold firm, where to apply strength, and where to give way; and that last one is the most important. Took me three broken toes to figure that one out!
I'd love to do more of it, but outside of uni there's no cheap way. It'd be great if municipal leisure centres got instructors in and started affordable clubs. Judo's bigger on the continent than in the UK (France has it on the telly!), so if we raised the profile here then we'd already have plenty of competition to play with. I'm sure the BJA would be up for collaborating on an initiative.
I love cycling, but am put off commuting by bike due to pollution and lack of any useful segregated cycle lanes in north London. It's time that diesels were completely banned rather than being able to pay a T charge and still drive around. The mayor needs more powers to force boroughs to adopt the Mayor's Transport Strategy - until TfL controls ALL roads in London there will be a disjointed and patch approach to road transport.
I swim, cycle, aqua Zumba, tai chi. I have a probLem with people walking in cycle lanes where I live as they are green and they think they are nice to walk in. Also people on mobile phones don’t even look and of course we don’t make a noise like a car engine so they just walk and then shout at you when you tell them to get out of the cycle lane. Also cars park in th lanes on the roads so they are a waste of time. Cycling is good but in the suburbs you take you life in your hands when you dare to use the roads and get abuse from motorists to get up on the pavement, which is illegal for an adult sized bike. My moan over.
this is a very strange 'survey'. i am well served - i can go to the gym and pool as often as i want for £23 pcm and run and cycle for free along the canal and into victoria park. and I play a bit of tennis for £5 for a 2 hour session. great.