Wednesday 25 September was National Fitness Day. This year Active Lincolnshire encouraged Lincolnite’s to try a new activity or gym class for free and across Lincolnshire 375 people took up the offer.
National Fitness Day is an opportunity to focus on the benefits of being active, from physically looking and feeling better to spending time with others in a social situation and the positive impact on mental wellbeing that being physically active is shown to have.
Active Lincolnshire promotes this national day of celebration to connect the people of Lincolnshire with free access to leisure providers. Encouraging provision of a range of entry level classes, as well as health checks and access to facilities all free of charge.
This year leisure providers, sports clubs and privately owned gyms across Lincolnshire opened their doors and put on a range of different classes and activities for free, not only on the day but throughout the week. Social groups such as the Walking for Health scheme also got involved with sharing the message.
In City of Lincoln Active Nation gave out 7-day guess passes and offered free soft play sessions, swimming sessions and trial gym sessions, in West Lindsey Everyone Active had free sessions in group exercise, swimming and their gym. Magna Vitae in East Lindsey included health checks and nutritional talks alongside the physical activity offer as did 1Life in Deeping, Grantham and Stamford.
Campaigns like National Fitness Day provide a platform to connect and share the physical activity offer available to the residents of Lincolnshire, and to inspire those who don’t currently take part in regular physical activity to try something new without the financial barrier.