Zumba, Tai Chi, running – give it all a go

Jacky, fourth from left, with her Zumba class
Jacky, fourth from left, with her Zumba class

ZUMBA, Tai Chi, running, tennis and badminton will be among the activities taking place during Give it a Go Week!

The scheme, run by Reactivate MK, will run all next week (Monday, February 14 to Friday, February 18) and hopes to encourage more people to get fit and active. With many activities subsidised or free there isn’t a better time to Give it a Go.

Activities taking place will range from street dance to gentle walks. Among those on offer are Zumba classes at Bletchley Leisure Centre, Tai Chi at the Shotokan Karate Centre and the weekly 5km Milton Keynes parkrun in Willen Lake.

And opportunities to continue to love your heart will continue with the launch of a range of Return to Sport courses following Give it a Go Week!

These courses are run over several weeks and aim to help people develop the skills and confidence you need to get back into a sport you once loved or wanted to try.

There’s lots to choose from including netball at the Oakgrove Leisure Centre, tennis at the Wolverton Tennis Club and badminton at the Bletchley Leisure Centre.

One person already benefiting from giving it a go is Jacky from Crownhill.

The 43-year-old will be joining in the party this week at her regular Zumba class.

She said: “I was a couch potato before, a real lazy so and so. I did absolutely nothing.

“At my age doing this gives me a sense of purpose. It gives me some ‘me’ time. For me I go to work, I go home, do the housework and look after my family.

“This little bit of time to do the class means a lot.”

Jacky says she is loving her heart for “my husband, my daughter and myself.”

“If I’m not here what good am I to them? They’re my life really. I love them to pieces,” she said.

Reactivate MK is supported by Milton Keynes Council and Hertsmere Leisure.

For a full list of activities, how to book and details of the Return to Sport courses visit www.reactivatebucks.org/miltonkeynes or call 01908 254456.