Northumberland gets active to celebrate National Fitness Day!
21 Sep 2023
A record number of Northumberland residents joined in the fun and spirit of National Fitness Day, by taking part in free activities and classes laid on by Active Northumberland to mark the day.
On Wednesday 20th September there were a range of free swim, gym, and fitness classes on offer - with something for everyone, regardless of age or fitness level.
One of the key events of the day was held at the new Morpeth Sports and Leisure Centre. Instructor Leona Petch from the Les Mills headquarters came up to teach some amazing free fitness classes alongside Active Northumberland's expert instructors with over 350 people attending.
Amazingly, Active Northumberland’s Morpeth Sports and Leisure Centre was also one of the first centres in the world to debut the new Les Mills Shapes class - which aims to sculpt and strengthen all areas of the body – and participants of the event were among the very first to try out this fantastic exercise routine.
Meanwhile, up to 400 children from 16 schools across the county also joined in the day, enjoying bowling and Clip ‘n Climb at Concordia, Wentworth and Ponteland Sports Centres.
This year’s National Fitness Day 2023 campaign theme “Your Health Is for Life” called for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to come together to recognise the importance of prioritising being active for our mental wellbeing as well as physical health.
Mark Warnes, chief executive of Active Northumberland said:
“National Fitness Day celebrates the power of exercise and it was really encouraging to see so many people turn up on the day – exercising with friends, families or as part of a class community.
“No matter what your age or fitness level it is never too late to start. There have been so many inspiring success stories across the county from people who have taken that first small step into exercise with us.
“Active Northumberland’s team of friendly and experienced staff are always on hand to offer plenty of help and support along the way so if you missed National Fitness Day and want to find out more, check out our website and do get in touch.”
Northumberland County Councillor, Jeff Watson, Cabinet member for Promoting Healthy Lives added:
“The role physical activity plays in our lives is vital in supporting our physical and mental health and wellbeing. It can be life changing and literally lifesaving.
“The free activities on offer were a great way to find out more about what your local sports centre has to offer, and it was fantastic to see so many people of all ages unite and celebrate the fun of fitness.
“Being active should be fun and there are plenty of classes and activities on offer so you can choose one that best suits you. “
Missed National Fitness Day but want to find out about classes and activities at your local sports centre? go to www.activenorthumberland.org,uk, or speak to a member of the team on reception at your local sports centre.