Age is just a number – stay with the programme and stay active

Excitement is mounting as the final event in the 5km “Run your personal best race” series fast approaches.

In celebration of their 20th birthday, the Community Health InterventionProgrammes (CHIPs) of the Sports Science Institute of SA arranged a road show of fun runs, and the final one is slightly longer and takes the form of a scenic 7.2km trail walk/run at the Chrysalis Academy on Saturday November 18, although there is a 4km walk on offer too.

Lovely prizes are up for grabs, including a Sport Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA) membership and a FutureLife hamper.

Designed to make exercise and a healthy lifestyle more accessible to previously disadvantaged communities in the Western Cape, the CHIPs programmes cater for all ages.

Live it Up is the programme for older adults, and it is offered twice weekly in 16 communities at community centres, senior clubs or places of worship.

Don’t be surprised if you see some of the 700 or so members at the Chrysalis Academy event.

A typical exercise session for Live it Up includes seated exercises to improve their muscle strength and balance. A few other benefits of exercise for older adults include:

A stronger heart, better circulation and improved cholesterol profiles.

Decreased risk of high blood pressure (hypertension) or lowering of current raised blood pressure.

Stronger bones due to higher bone density therby preventing or delaying osteoporosis.

Decreased risk of suffering from chronic lifestyle diseases (heart disease, certain cancers, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis).

A stronger immune system.

For more information on the 5km “Run your personal best race” series, email Juandre Davids at jdavids@ssisa.com

Registration starts at 7am and the start time is 8.30am. Events are open to all and cost R10 for adults and R5 fo children with every participant receiving a FutureLife sachet.