Reaching your fifties can present a wide range of challenges to both men and women in our working capacity and home-life, facing retirement, menopause, changed lifestyles, living alone, lacking direction and control over our own lives.
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`We want to ensure that the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are remembered, not only as a summer of fantastic sport, but as the catalyst for long-term benefits across the UK, providing for healthy lifestyles after the Games and increased sports participation` -the bid for London 2012
Inspired by our founder/director Dr Edwina Brocklesby, who took up running in her 50′s. Silverfit is a charity aimed at encouraging wellbeing and fitness for over 50s.
We organise many events and social activities encouraging people to take up fitness regardless of ability and background. We have organised guided walks, fun runs, half marathons, tug of war events and many more and had support from sport and Olympic athletes past and present including Christine Oruhugo, Gail Emms, the Brownlee brothers, David Weir and many others.
Our sponsors and partners include: BTF (British Triathlon Foundation), Better (GLL), BuildaBear, Company of Cooks, Cycle Confident, High5, Sported, and Westminster City Council.
WHY OUR FOCUS ON fitter@50+?
We are part of an ageing population with 20 million of us now aged 50+; that’s over a third of the our UK population. And we are living longer! Although reaching the age of 50 can present challenges in work and homelife – facing retirement, menopause, changed lifestyles, living alone, perhaps lacking direction and control over their own lives, there are more exciting opportunities than ever before to enjoy life – the baby boomers have reached 60, and are making their mark yet again, just look at the rock stars revival! We want the over 50’s to be part of our Olympic Legacy, a fitter, leaner older generation , inspiring the younger generation and having fun!
We don’t just want to live longer – we want to stay fit, healthy and independent, enjoying a good quality of life. We want to minimise the length of time that we will be relying on others because we are ill, less mobile or depressed – `compressed morbidity `is the jargon! We want to slide or swing into that coffin saying `it’s been great! `
BUT, and here is the big BUT, despite all those advances in medicine and public health, most of over 50’s population are living unhealthy, sedentary lives, with high smoking and obesity rates and eating crap food. Only 3% are living a healthy lifesytle. Obesity leads inexorably to heightened risks of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, kidney failure, strokes and cancers etc. as importantly, weak muscles, low bone density and poor balance all contribute to the higher risk and serious consequences of those damaging falls and broken bones.