National Fitness Day

National Fitness Day is the most active day of the year, when people of all ages and backgrounds come together to celebrate the fun of fitness.

On Wednesday 25th September 2019 thousands of events will be held across the UK, offering people the opportunity to try new activities.

National Fitness Day brings the nation together to remind us why it’s so good to move, highlighting the role that physical activity plays in helping us lead healthier, happier lives.

Why is this important? Physical inactivity has been listed as a leading cause of preventable diseases and conditions such as type-2 diabetes, some cancers and osteoporosis.

In the UK, we are facing a physical inactivity crisis, with evidence from ukactive showing that the average adult spends more time on the toilet every week than exercising and eight times longer watching on-demand TV than exercising.

That’s why National Fitness Day is so important – to spark a national conversation about all of the benefits of physical activity, both to the individual and to society as a whole.

Because being more active is not only proven to improve our physical health, it also has an incredible effect on our mental health, our confidence and development, our social connections and our communities.

There is much going on locally to help you get active including:

Parkrun, free 5km in Cooper Park every Saturday morning at 9.30am.  All people need to do is register online to get their unique barcode People can walk, jog or run the 5km distance, all on safe paths (no traffic).  

Jog Scotland groups operating all over Moray for all ages and abilities.  These groups are highly sociable, low cost and will support you to improve your fitness levels from walking to jogging.

Health Walks are operating across the length and breadth of Moray also.  Claire Buchanan is the local Health Walk Co-ordinator and can be contacted on 07779 999209 or via email    Health Walks range from 10minutes up to an hour and are also free to attend, sociable and support people to increase their activity levels.

Additionally if you haven’t had the chance to take out a Fit Life Membership perhaps this is the ideal time to do it. This scheme is connected to our Sports and Leisure facilities to encourage people to improve their fitness levels.   Our membership scheme is low cost and includes a range of opportunities for the whole family – active schools activities, sports coaching sessions, walking sports sessions, swimming lessons, activity classes, access to swimming pools and fitness rooms.

Of course, National Fitness Day isn’t really just about one day, it’s about committing to change your routine for a lifetime of benefits.  So what better time to start …

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