Tai Chi in the Park to Mark ‘Your Mile Your Way’

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Mile with a smile – Ribble Valley Borough Council’s health and fitness officer, Tracy Balko, and Longridge councillor Rupert Swarbrick.
Published Thursday, 29 March 2018

Every morning parks and public areas in China come alive to thousands of people, some dressed for a day in the office, undertaking a series of stretches and moves called tai chi.

Now Ribble Valley residents can take part in public tai chi sessions on Friday, 18 May, as part of a countywide health day, Your Mile Your Way.

Ribble Valley Borough Council is hosting a series of events throughout the day aimed at encouraging people of all ages and fitness levels to take part in physical activity and log a mile by walking, running, swimming, rowing, or cycling.

The tai chi sessions, at Clitheroe Castle Bandstand and John Smiths Playing Field, Longridge, will take place after a one-mile walk starting at 11am in Longridge and 6pm in Clitheroe.

The council’s health and fitness officer, Tracy Balko, said: “We run many activities and programmes in the borough to help people lose weight and get fitter, some of which we will be showcasing during the health day.

“The day will be a great way to kickstart your keep fit programme and what better way to cap it off than with a tai chi session in two of Ribble Valley’s most beautiful parks.”

Tai chi, which originates from ancient China, is famed for its health benefits and can help improve posture and flexibility, strengthen muscles and joints and reduce pain and stress.

Your Mile Your Way activities in Ribble Valley: Roefield Leisure Centre, Clitheroe – 9am to noon, tag team mile; 9am to 6pm, rowing challenge; 11am to 12.30pm, circuit mile. Edisford Primary School, Clitheroe – 2pm, Olympic mile. John Smiths Playing Field, Longridge – 11am, walk and tai chi. Clitheroe Castle Bandstand – 6pm, walk and tai chi.

Further details are available from Ribble Valley Borough Council’s Up and Active team on 01200 425111.

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