A Middlesex University sports scientist is urging people to channel the spirit of the Olympics by making their way to gyms, community centres and sports clubs.
Friday 28th September is National Fitness Day, which looks to empower the UK to transform their lives through fitness and active lifestyles. After the resounding success of the Olympics and Paralympics, Middlesex University fitness expert Anne Elliott believes we should celebrate the day by trying out a new sport or activity.
With winter rapidly drawing in, Anne is concerned that the early dark nights can deter people from exercising, but suggests that winter should viewed as a good chance to socialise by trying new sports - the perfect way to make exercise seem less like a chore.
She said: “Exercise doesn't have to be a 'me' thing and can be even more successful as an 'us' thing. Socialising is a very good motivator for exercising, especially as the nights are drawing in.
“There are a wide range of activities people can get involved in together. Badminton is huge fun when played in doubles, or how about learning to rock climb at a leisure centre. If that sounds too much like exercise, what about learning to dance? Another option if you have a stressful job is Pilates, which is an effective way to get calmer, stronger and more flexible.”
Anne adds “adult education centres are just gearing up now and are a good place to 'have a go' at something new. Most have a good range of options. Leisure centres also start up new courses at this time of year. Have a go at something different and make new friends as you get fitter. You never know, synchronised swimming might be just what you've always been looking for!”