Something for everyone

In her "Living Well" column, Vicky Trill says that sports-wise, there's something here for every taste.

Mary-Grace Trill

Vicky Trill

This last weekend I watched as 60-plus local men participated in the Ashcroft Mens’ Hockey spring tournament (but you know it as “Beer Belly”). Although the common name “Beer Belly” suggests enjoyment of a particular refreshment, there is more to this league than the choice of drink.

Hockey is a sport full of high intensity intervals. Sprints to the puck, followed by gliding, repeats, and then a short rest to do it again. High intensity training has some great research showing the amazing healthy benefits for those who practice it. Playing hockey not only improves your physical health, but it also involves strategy, camaraderie, and fun. Hockey is a great way to exercise.

While watching the hockey tournament I noticed a number of children in between the bleachers with their own little hockey sticks and balls playing their own game, trying to score or save the goal just like Daddy. This is what it’s all about. Dad is moving, playing, and exercising, so the kids want to do the same.

While hockey may not be your team sport of choice, there are others to choose from even in our rural towns. How about curling, badminton, tennis, or basketball? Ashcroft’s curling club not only offers fun on the ice, but instruction and bonspiels as well.

Badminton and tennis have a number of followers in our area, who meet regularly to practice and play. This weekend you can catch some excellent basketball in Lytton, where their annual Warriors Mens’ and Womens’ tournaments take place.

Whatever your sport of choice, there is something you can play here. If you aren’t sure, try something: take a lesson in curling or tennis, or join the mens’ or ladies’ hockey leagues.

Not only will you see your health and fitness improve, you will also have a lot of fun; and may even inspire a young person to do the same.

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