Keeping active once you’re over 65 is important if you wish to get the most out of your retirement. But living in North Wales has a few drawbacks… Although we are spoilt for beautiful countryside to walk, run and cycle in, the weather isn’t always so kind for these types of pursuits.
Fortunately, if you’re over 65 looking for something to keep you active, that also goes at a pace to suit YOU, is indoors or on a less rugged terrain, and live anywhere near Trefnant or its surrounding areas, you’re in luck! Our village hall here in Trefnant does a stellar job of keeping the community vibrant and outgoing and it seems there is an activity on every night of the week to suit someone!
Things To Do: Trefnant, North Wales
Our longest serving member of staff, Sue, is a keen participant in the Monday nights indoor bowls at the Trefnant Village Hall. She has also encouraged quite a few of our regular golfers along and they all seem to really enjoy it there. It’s a great way to meet new people and ward off the depression of the dark nights!
With the village hall being the hub of community entertainment, the golf range is the hub of golfing activity in the area for over 65s. We basically have three different ways to play:
- You can go round the course (approx 1600yds), getting exercise and playing your ball from wherever it lies,
- You can go on the Driving Range, which is both floodlit and undercover. It doesn’t matter where the ball goes, you get the exercise from the energy required to hit the ball,
- You can go on the Simulator. It’s indoor, warm and out of the elements and allows you to play one of 15 Championship courses, without leaving the room!
Every Wednesday for the last 13 years, I play indoor 5 a side football at the leisure centre- it’s fast paced, keeps me fit and is a lot of fun! I do occasionally wonder how long I’ll be able to keep it up for; little injuries are taking longer to get over these days, how much longer will I be able to play at the level we’re at??
Well I need not worry, as a sport that I was previously unaware of, but seems to be building some momentum is ‘Walking Football‘. I’m not aware of anywhere in this area that currently organises anything, but why not see if you can get a group together and start your own team? It’s only a case of booking an hour at the leisure centre to get thing started…
Anyone for (table) tennis? This is a great sport for fitness and although the area required is small, it’s as fast paced as you can handle! Check out the Rhyl Community Table Tennis club here.
Dancing is also a very popular activity among seniors and there’s more on that from another Welsh blogger in this link about keeping fit for over 65s.
Are there any sports that you get involved in during winter that you’d recommend? Let us know in the comments box below…