Troon AFC Walking Football 

Troon AFC Walking Football 


Health and Wellbeing 

Staying Happy and Healthy is Important 

It's all to easy to sit at home all day and become chair bound and getting physically and emotionally weaker and more isolated. We believe that Walking Football is part of the answer but it takes more than that. 

We all need to be proactive about our health and well being. We are 'fighting the tide' and have to get as physically and mentally tough as we can.

Being of a 'certain age' means that sometimes we find talking about health and emotional wellbeing quite difficult. Below you will find some links to pages which you might find useful. We are not endorsing any sites or products, just giving our wonderful community a choice and voice. 

So let's start with the really important stuff...

It's Official - Banana Cake Is Good For You!

Click here to find out how eating banana cake is actually good for you (Something we at Troon AFC Walking Football have been using as an excuse for years!).

Click here for the recipe (Obviously not Sarah's -that's top secret)

Aches and Pains 

We all have pains (no, we're not talking about your kids!). Aches, pains, niggles, ouches, old injuries, arthritis, rheumatics....the list goes on. Think of them as a reminder of a life lived to the full!

Click here to go to the website of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists who will show you exercises which might help. 

You'll Never Walk Alone!

With Walking Football you're not alone. A big part of coming to Walking Football is that you meet people, chat, socialise and make friends. It's easy to become isolated and to feel lonely but by finding out about walking Football you've taken the first step in beating loneliness. Well done you!

Click Here to look at support available in Cornwall to help combat lonliness. 

Eating Well For A Healthy Lifestyle (But there's veg in my pasty!)

It sounds obvious, but having a balanced diet is crucial for good health, energy and preventing illness. An ideal diet should be low in saturated fat, with lots of fruit and vegetables, wholegrains, oily fish, and small amounts of low-fat dairy and lean meat.

Don’t forget to top-up with lots of water to avoid dehydration, which can make you feel tired and confused. Tea, coffee and fruit juice will also help you to stay hydrated, but avoid sugary fizzy drinks.

Doctors advise that if you drink alcohol, keep at least two days per week booze-free to give your liver time to recover from the toxic effects of alcohol, and don’t exceed recommended daily limits for alcohol consumption.

Click here for more advice on healthy eating. 

Laughter Really Is the Best Medicine!

The benefits of laughter

It’s true: laughter is strong medicine. It draws people together in ways that trigger healthy physical and emotional changes in the body. Laughter strengthens your immune system, boosts mood, diminishes pain, and protects you from the damaging effects of stress. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hope, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert. It also helps you release anger and forgive sooner.

Click here to learn more about how laughter is part of staying fit and healthy.

Coping With Bereavement 

Sadly we will all need to cope with the loss of a loved one at some time.

It can be devastating when someone close to you dies. You might feel a number of emotions all at once and it can be overwhelming. But it’s important to remember that there’s no right or wrong way to feel. Everyone will feel differently and will manage their feelings in different ways.

Grief is natural and can last a long time. Talking to those close to you can really help. You don’t need to deal with it alone. Alternatively, there are a range of support groups that can help you deal with your loss. 

Something that might help: If you are feeling overwhelmed by fearful thoughts or anxiety, it could help to talk to someone about how you are feeling. It can take a lot of courage to admit you're struggling, but don't keep it to yourself.

Click Here for advice on how to cope with the loss of a loved one 

Click Here to have a look at Cruse UK Bereavement Care and support

Click Here to read a booklet about how to cope with a bereavement and what services are available to help you. 

Telephone Know How

Do you know your mobile number off by heart? Your home number? Your next of kin's number?

In this age of technology when phones dial numbers at the press of a single button it may not seem necessary to know. But think about this... Imagine that you are out and about and you fall ill, fall over or have an accident. No doubt you'd be glad of some help? Maybe you'll NEED some help or even an ambulance or doctor. If something like this does happen you are probably going to want to let your loved ones know, so that they can help, pick you up or meet you somewhere.  How can you contact them, or have emergency services contact them, if you don't know or don't have their phone number?

So for your own safety and for the peace of mind of your loved ones it's important that you get organised. Here are some things you can do:

Try to memorise both your own number and a loved ones number Write these numbers down and carry them in your wallet or phone Get an emergency bracelet, necklace or key ring made so that you always have it on you. Get an app on your smartphone that will remember your number, health conditions and medication (Search for ICE (In Case of Emergency) in the app or play store)

If you'd like more ideas on how to keep yourself safe, just talk to Sarah at any training session and she'll be happy to help with ideas and with technology. 

Stay safe!

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