The most active day of the year
Leisure providers across Hampshire are throwing open their doors to make Wednesday 26th September the most active day of the year.
Over 20 gyms and leisure centres across the county are offering free activities as part of National Fitness Day. Hampshire-based charity Energise Me is encouraging schools, workplaces and local residents to join in.
National Fitness Day is a chance to highlight the role physical activity plays across the UK. Co-ordinated by ukactive and supported by Workplace Partner AXA PPP Healthcare, it celebrates the benefits of physical activity on our health, happiness and wellbeing.
National events will kick off in London at 7am with a dance fitness class led by legendary ballerina and Strictly judge Dame Darcey Bussell.
Hampshire activities range from aqua Zumba and BodyBalance to open days and gym activities. Energie Fitness and Fitness First are among the leisure providers supporting the campaign to get people active. Find your nearest activity at www.nationalfitnessday.com.
Energise Me is encouraging schools and parents to take part with a ‘Before the Bell’ Golden Mile. The initiative will see parents and pupils running a few laps of their school’s Golden Mile track (or field/playground if they’re yet to sign up to the Golden Mile) before the school day begins.
Alannah Stephenson, Energise Me’s Project Officer – PE and School Sport – said:
“Schools have reported increased fitness levels and concentration as a result of participating in the Golden Mile. This is a great opportunity for parents to see it in action and energise their day by running or walking a few laps with their children before school. We’re keen for as many schools as possible to take part and help make National Fitness Day the most active day of the year.”
Workplaces are also encouraged to participate; Axa PPP Healthcare is calling on employers to start the day an hour later to get teams off to a Flying Start. Employees who start the day being active enjoy lower stress levels, are better decision makers, have more energy and are happier. Find out how your workplace can get involved at https://eqtr.axappphealthcare.co.uk/flyingstart/.
Helen Fisher, Energise Me’s Strategic Lead – Physical Activity, said:
“We’re supporting National Fitness Day as part of our ongoing commitment to building happier, healthier and stronger communities. Public Health research shows that supporting inactive people to become active could prevent 1 in 6 deaths. This campaign highlights the benefits of being active and gives local residents the opportunity to try new activities free of charge. We encourage as many people as possible to get involved and make National Fitness Day the start of a regular physical activity habit.”
Find out more about National Fitness Day and how you can get involved at www.nationalfitnessday.com. Follow the action on social media #FitnessDay and share what fitness means to you with #fitness2me