More FREE sporting sessions planned for National Fitness Day

Monday, 17th September 2018

PEOPLE looking for a new fitness challenge are invited to try free taster sessions on National Fitness Day at the end of this month.

Following on from the success of free Zumba Strong sessions and the popular Playscheme, Tamworth Borough Council’s Sports Development Team have joined up with local sports clubs to offer a day of free sports and fitness activities for people of all ages on Wednesday, September 26.

Tamworth Borough Council’s Sports Development Team will take part in the national event, with free physical activity taster sessions in the Castle Grounds Tennis Courts. The aim of the day is to give people the opportunity to try classes and other forms of physical activity for free. The activities are aimed to inspire people to continue to be active in the long term and help reduce the risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, and type-2 diabetes.

Research shows that physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing risk of stress, depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. To stay healthy, adults are encouraged to be active every day and aim to achieve at least 150 minutes of physical activity over a week through a variety of activities.

The free taster activities for National Fitness Day will include:

  • Zumba
  • Group led walk
  • Group led cycle
  • Chair based exercise
  • Bootcamp session
  • Kettlebells
  • Zumba Strong

There will also be an opportunity for a ‘mini MOT’ testing blood pressure; BMI, body fat percentage, and over 50 year olds can also receive a free cholesterol check. The full timetable of the events will be listed at www.activetamworth.co.uk/playscheme.

The National Fitness Day plans follow on from a successful series of free Zumba Strong sessions held in the Castle Grounds tennis courts over the summer. Active Tamworth – part of Tamworth Borough Council’s Sports Development – teamed up with local Zumba instructor, Kasia Linkowska, to offer the sessions.

Kasia said: “The response to the sessions was fantastic and I was really surprised by how many people turned up; they just kept coming and coming! The class was aimed at a variety of fitness levels so that everyone can join in and we had people of all ages and abilities taking part.

“The feedback has been great, people really enjoyed it. They loved being outside and they loved the music. Strong by Zumba is completely new, with original music that is perfectly in sync with the exercises, so that everyone can easily get into the rhythm and co-ordination.

“New classes have now started at Moorgate School on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm; anyone can come along and join the sessions, no pre-booking is required and an admission fee will apply.”

Cllr John Chesworth, Cabinet member for Culture and Operational Services, said“These activities are proving to be very popular; I am delighted that both the Strong Zumba and the summer Playscheme have been a great success.

“We have been working with sports clubs and individuals from across the borough to put together various activities on National Fitness Day. I would encourage even more people to take this opportunity to enjoy free sessions and maybe try something they may not have tried before.”