Improve your health if you are over 50

Tuesday February 28th 2017

Peter stands out

Peter Collins, 85, with his walking football team mates.

If you are over 50 years and want to improve your health, have fun and make new friends then Midlothian Council’s Ageing Well team has got plenty of activities to keep you on your toes.

From ballroom dancing to badminton, walking rugby to new age kurling, there’s more than 60 classes a week to suit every interest and ability.

Councillor Derek Rosie, Midlothian’s cabinet member with responsibility for sport and leisure, said:

“As we all get older, it’s really important to keep your muscles, bones and joints strong. Taking a class not only keep you stronger and therefore helps you avoid falls, but they stop people becoming isolated and help us all have fun. ”

Here’s just a flavour of what Ageing Well classes are on offer:

– Ballroom Dancing on Thursdays 10:30- noon at Dalkeith Masonic Hall
– Badminton on Wednesdays 11:15-12:15 at Mayfield Leisure Centre
– Walking football on Wednesdays 14:00-16:00 at Bayne Memorial Hall, Loanhead and Fridays 10:00- noon at Ladywood Leisure Centre, Penicuik
– Pedal Pushers on Wednesdays 13:00 to 13:30 at Mayfield Leisure Centre. This is indoor, static cycling
– New Age Kurling. There’s five sessions per week including Lasswade Centre, Gorebridge Leisure Centre, Newbattle Community Centre, Dalkeith Welfare and Shottstown Miners Club
– Walking Rugby on Fridays 14:30 to 15:30 at Dalkeith Rugby Football Club. This is similar to touch rugby but there’s no running.

For more information on Ageing Well visit or call 0131 561 6506.

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