Strictly urging people to enjoy National Heart Month

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February is National Heart Month.

One of the ways you can look after your heart is by giving it a regular workout. And thanks to Reactivate Bucks, the campaign that connects people to sport and physical activity at the click of a button there are hundreds of activities to choose from.

Strictly Come Dancing heart throb Brendan Cole naturally prefers the dance classes on offer – ranging from street to tea dances – but there are hundreds of other opportunities to try. Whether you want to relax with tai chi or up the pace at one of our beginner running groups, there’s something for everyone. And during Give it a Go Week, taking place 20th to 26th February, many activities are free or discounted to give you that extra boost. There’s also the chance to give your heart a warm, healthy glow by becoming a Sport Maker and encouraging others to give something a try.

Brendan is urging fellow Bucks residents to find out what sport or physical activity is right for them with the help of Reactivate Bucks. As he says: “When you dance or do whatever else you love, you’re too preoccupied to stress or strain about anything else. It’s great.” Below is just a sample of what’s on offer during Give it a Go Week February 20 to 26, including some new beginner running groups. Running is particularly popular because as well as giving you a good work-out it gives you a boost in mood, confidence and self esteem. And, regardless of your age, level, motivation or location you can be part of a running group.

FREE taster session. Pilates (for 50+) on Thursday, February 23 between 2pm and 3pm at Coronation Hall, Water Eaton. Call Vicki on 01908 253 229 to reserve your place and find out about the course to follow.

FREE Taster session. Join the Return to Sport Beginners’ Running Group which will meet at the Woughton Leisure Centre on Wednesday, February 22 between 6pm and 6.45pm. Call Vicki on 01908 253 229 to reserve your place or for details.

Men’s Bootcamp at Stantonbury Leisure Centre on Tuesday, February 21 between 7am and 8am. Call Vicki on 01908 253 229 to reserve your place or for details.

Full details on these activities and hundreds more are featured on the website

For those who want to give their heart a warm, healthy glow by encouraging friends, family or colleagues to get active there’s now the chance to become a Sport Maker. For instance if you want to do an activity like running with friends, family or work colleagues we’ll put you in touch with a running group near you or help you to set up and lead a running group. Whatever you want to do as a Sport Maker, Reactivate is here to help. Your first step is to come along to one of the FREE Sport Maker events taking place across the county. Here you’ll meet sporting champions, learn about the many Sport Maker opportunities available and have a great time with like-minded people. Plus you’ll get free Adidas kit and the chance to win London 2012 prizes. Among the sporting champions supporting Sport Makers is Sir Steve Redgrave, our greatest Olympian who lives in Bucks. As he says: “You don’t need medals to become a sporting hero. By helping people you know to get involved in sport you’ll be doing something amazing for your friends and local community as well as having fun yourself.” You don’t need any qualifications or previous experience; you simply need to be sixteen or above. Log onto www.reactivatebucks.org/sportmakers for details or call Stephen Green on 01296 585626 for the latest Sport Maker opportunities.

Reactivate Bucks, a campaign co-ordinated by Bucks Sport, connects adults with sport and physical activities on their doorstep. During its forthcoming Give it a Go Week (20th to 26th February) there’ll be lots of free and discounted activities to try. And for those who would like to make sport happen where they live, work or study there’s now the opportunity to become a Sport Maker. For more details of the hundreds of opportunities on offer simply log onto www.reactivatebucks.org/miltonkeynes or call 01908 253 229.