W Bro Frank O’Keeffe Advises you to Use It or Lose It !

Spring has sprung. Snowdrops have bloomed and faded, Daffodils are looking a bit peaky, Magnolia and Cherry blossom are in full glory. Bluebells are just about to pop up their heads.

It’s the time of they year when us armchair warriors start thinking about doing something to reduce the results of too many excellent Festive Boards, evidenced by the fact that aprons, waistcoats and jackets seem, once again, to have shrunk considerably and unexplainedly over the winter !

We respect, the “real” athletes out there – the cyclists, the marathon runners, and all those others who regularly partake in their particular sport, often using it to raise significant sums of money for their chosen charity. But what about the silent majority, where the closest we come to sport these days is reading about it? What about that minority who don’t like any sport at all, believing that “there’s nothing” that they’d be interested in ?

USE IT OR LOSE IT –

But let me just draw your attention to the words contained within the Charge to the Initiate. Possibly long ago since it was delivered to you, but still pertinent to this day:

And to yourself, by such a prudent and well-regulated course of discipline as may best conduce to the preservation of your corporeal and mental faculties in their fullest energy, thereby enabling you to exert those talents wherewith God has blessed you, as well to His glory as the welfare of your fellow creatures”.

It’s a bit long-winded, but essentially it’s saying “Use it or lose it” !

ARMCHAIR OR WALKING FOOTBALL ? YOUR CHOICE –

The Middlesex Masonic Sports Association (MMSA) offers a variety of activities to suit all tastes and abilities. One of their more recent additions is Walking Football, which is a very new sport. It was devised by Chesterfield FC in 2011, so has only been going for eight years. As the name implies, it’s Football without all that frenetic running around. So for those of us who may be a little longer in the tooth than we once were, it’s a great way to enjoy our national game, without needing to be superbly fit, or running the risk of (often serious) injury.

Is it good for you? Well, if you have a look on Google you will find that apparently it will:

– burn 4200 calories over the course of three months
– greatly improve your optimism and feeling of well-being
– improves metabolism and weight management
– improves your social life
– and on, and on, and on. The benefits are considerable.

Don’t just take my word for it though – click through to this report, compiled by the Insight team at Londonsport.org
https://files.datapress.com/sport/dataset/walking-football-evaluation-/2016-10-26T15:21:26/Walking%20Football%20Evaluation.pdf

And having whetted your appetite, don’t put it on the back burner and forget about it. Pick up the phone now and call Brother Stephen Hiles (MMSA Football Secretary) on 07869 111 115, or email him on manta_ray68@hotmail.com.

And if you fancy something other than football, but don’t really know what – head along to https://pglm.org.uk/mmsa/. And if you don’t find your sport represented, why not get organising ? As Wally Randall (at 103, now nearly 104 and the oldest poppy-seller in the UK, and featured in the winter 2018 edition of FMT), says: “Don’t let the armchair get you boy !

Also read: –

Walking Football – The Beautiful game – Without the Running

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