Today (Wednesday 26 September) is National Fitness Day – a day designed to encourage people of all ages and abilities, all across the country, to celebrate the fun of fitness and physical activity.
To raise awareness of the importance of fitness in leading healthier and active lifestyles, gyms, leisure centres, parks and swimming pools across Scotland will be offering a huge range of activities – like ‘plank offs’, yoga and Pilates classes, treadmill challenges, HIIT classes, dance-offs, group walks, military fitness sessions and much, much more – for free.
Many commercial gyms are supporting the cause, too, with PureGym, Bannatynes, Nuffield Health, DW Fitness and others offering free day passes.
Some énergie Fitness/Fitness4 Less gyms in Scotland are using National Fitness Day to raise money for the NHS to celebrate their 70th anniversary. They’re encouraging everyone to come along and clock a few kilometres toward the 40,075 km needed to complete their nationwide ‘Cycle Round the World’ challenge.
National Fitness Day has been managed by ukactive since 2014. “We know the benefits of regular exercise includes a healthier heart, increased wellbeing, and a better quality of life. However, many of us find getting fit a struggle. It becomes a challenge when it shouldn’t be – which is why we host National Fitness Day: to highlight the simple and easy steps you can make to become more physically active and all the while enjoy it.
“We encourage the thousands of clubs, parks, leisure centres, and gyms across our membership to open their doors to welcome the public to get active on National Fitness Day. We also inspire schools, workplaces, and communities to get involved by running their own events and activities to suit their audience on National Fitness Day.”
To help celebrate National Fitness Day and find an activity near you, go to the National Fitness Day website