How and where to get active in Shrewsbury

‘Get active and get healthy’ is a mantra that post Olympics Britain has taken to heart, and nowhere more so than Shrewsbury. Where walkers, lifters, new-age adventurers, and want to be Mo Farahs - all have access to activity resources that can fulfil their health and fitness needs.

It all starts with a step

The NHS describes walking as - ‘simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier’. Regular walks dramatically reduce the risks of ‘heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers.’ So why not design your own route around beautiful Quarry Park. Or join a walking group like walking for health where you can meet other active walking enthusiasts.  

Temples of Fitness

The Shrewsbury Sports Village not only has a fully resourced fitness suite, complete with dedicated staff to help you with your workout routine. It also offers a climbing wall for those seeking some elevation, and an indoor bowling green if you’re in need of active relaxation. For cycle mad Shrewsbury however the crown jewel and envy of all surrounding towns, is the 1km floodlight cycle track. It’s suitable for people of all ages and there’s no better way to prepare for the Shrewsbury Cycle Grand Prix.

Meanwhile The Shrewsbury Club is continuing its successful promotion which began in 2014 ‘get Shrewsbury active’. The club hosts comprehensive gym facilities, pool, and 6 indoor tennis courts. The tennis facilities also play a major role in the sporting calendar when they host two major LTA Aegon British Pro Series.

Fun and Games

When it comes to inspiration to dust off your old boots and pop in some shin pads it doesn’t get much better than high flying Shrewsbury Town FC. Currently one of sports.betway.com’s favourites for promotion back to league one after a disappointing relegation in 2014. Shrewsbury offers a multitude of leagues and playing areas for football - particularly at the sports village which maintains 16 pitches, 8 of which are full size. 

Shrewsbury Rugby Club has teams of all ages, a ladies eleven and a 02 touch team. So whatever your ability you should be able to find a level fit for you.

For those who were heavy hitters in School - Shrewsbury’s Recreational Rounders League is going into its third year since its inception in 2013. ‘Continuing to attract players and welcoming new teams’, the league seems set to become a mainstay of Shrewsbury’s spring time sports.

Active adventure

The Adventure Rope Course operates out the Albrighton Hall Hotel & Spa, and is fantastic for groups and thrill seekers. Here you can enjoy a plethora of exciting out of the box activities such as - archery, abseiling, parachute jumping, fencing, mountain walking, and much more.

If you’d like to change up your cardio day on the treadmill, then get a group of friends together and head to Commando Paintball. Set at the picturesque Bulthy Hill Farm, you’re bound to break a sweat and a few paintballs on a great day out.

Have fun!

Exercise is not a one size fits all proposition - however there is something for everyone. So whatever your needs, interests, or goals may be - sports mad Shrewsbury has a place and activity.

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