HOWZAT? WALKING CRICKET WORKS!
An 80-year-old man with T2 diabetes has
improved his health by attending Walking
Cricket sessions, proving it's never too
late to start exercising after taking part in
a series of Walking Cricket sessions.
Shirish Modi from Leicester found out
about the activity and decided he would
go along in a bid to improve his health.
He says, "I didn't really know what to
expect when I went along, but everyone
is very friendly and the exercise isn't too
demanding. I've met lots of different
people and I'm definitely feeling better
in myself from being on the go for more
than an hour every week. The sessions
are led by fully qualified coaches by the
Leicestershire County Cricket Club, so
we're playing a proper version of the
game, but just at a slower pace."
The Walking Cricket programme has
been designed for people aged over 50
who are looking for a different approach to
exercise in a bid to improve their lifestyle.
It is supported by the Leicester Changing
Diabetes programme to get people more
active, lose weight and drive down the
number of Type 2 diabetes figures in the
Sunny Rohit, Project Officer at the
Centre for Black and Minority Ethnic
(BME) Health, who is organising the
cricket sessions, adds, "The Walking
Cricket sessions are proving to be hugely
successful. We've found providing a
slower paced, indoor format of the game,
is going down a storm with the older
generation, who thought that perhaps
they were too old to start getting active.
The programme is a great way for men
and women of a certain age to socialise,
while also increasing their exercise levels
at a more relaxed speed. Shirish is a
perfect example of how it's never too late."
The weekly sessions run every Friday
from 10.30am to 12pm at the Leicester
Arena on Charter Street and costs £2.50.
Free parking on site is available.
Leicester Changing Diabetes is
a partnership programme with Novo
Nordisk and the Leicester Diabetes Centre
based at Leicester General Hospital. The
global initiative Cities Changing Diabetes
was created by pharmaceutical company
Novo Nordisk and was launched in
response to the dramatic rise of diabetes
within urban areas.