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22 Sep 2021
National Fitness Day to get millions of people physically active

Sports Minister, Nigel Huddleston, has joined gym-goers this morning to kick-off the annual National Fitness Day, with thousands of free activities taking place across the UK.

The theme for this year’s event is ‘Fitness Unites Us’, focusing on the ways that physical activity brings people together, no matter what their age, ability or background.

Last year (2020), a total of 19.1 million people were inspired to be physically active on the day, despite the disruptions caused by the pandemic.

Huddleston – who was joined by Team GB’s gold-winning diver Matty Lee and ukactive chair Tanni Grey-Thompson at Jubilee Hall Gym in Covent Garden – called the day a “golden opportunity” for the nation to begin a physical activity revolution.

“We all know how important fitness is to both our physical and mental wellbeing," he said.

"That's why the government prioritised it throughout the lockdown, provided an unprecedented £1bn of financial support to support the sport and leisure sector and has placed it at the heart of its Coronavirus recovery plan.

"The Chief Medical Officer's guidance is clear – children should aim for 60 minutes of physical activity a day, and adults two-and-a-half hours a week."

The National Fitness Day comes as a new poll from industry body ukactive and Savanta ComRes found that less than a third (27 per cent) of UK adults say they are as physically fit as they would like to be.

The event is organised by ukactive, which this week also set out how memberships of gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres could grow by more than five million new members by 2030 – if the government offers the right support for the sector.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, chair of ukactive, said: “National Fitness Day is one of my favourite days of the year because you see so many smiling faces as people come together and enjoy being active, especially if it’s an activity they have just discovered.

“It’s been such a challenging time throughout the pandemic but it has also shown us how essential daily physical activity is for our physical and mental health and resilience.

“As well as being fun, sport and physical activity is the miracle pill that can alleviate many conditions – helping to reduce the burden on our NHS – and it also unites us, bridging divisions and binding communities together.

“We must seize this moment to get our nation moving more and we want to make sure that more people can experience the benefits of being more active in their daily lives.”


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20 Oct 2021
2021 World Spa and Wellness Award winners announced
The winners of the World Spa and Wellness (WSW) Awards have been crowned as part of the official 2021 WSW Conference, hosted on 17 and 18 October at Excel Centre in London.
20 Oct 2021
International Longevity Centre launches global fitness competition
A global innovation competition has been launched to find ways to encourage and support more older workers to return or remain in the workplace.
20 Oct 2021
Virtual Healing Summit to explore how to heal the self, the community and the earth
Anne Biging and Dr Elisabeth Ixmeier, founders of Healing Hotels of the World and the Healing Summit, are gathering activists, scientists and inspired leaders to host a virtual Healing Summit event on 23 October.
20 Oct 2021
Creative legends behind iconic ​​Spider-Man ride team to give talk at IAAPA Expo
The creative geniuses behind the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man darkride at Universal’s Islands of Adventure park in Orlando, Florida will offer their insights into the creative process behind the iconic attraction.
18 Oct 2021
Global fitness industry gets back to live events
The global health and fitness industry is returning to a busy programme of live trade shows and industry events, following an 18-month period in which the pandemic disrupted gatherings.
16 Oct 2021
World Spa and Wellness Convention 2021 kicks off in London
Today (17 October) marks the first day of the annual World Spa and Wellness conference, hosted at London’s ExCeL exhibition centre.
15 Oct 2021
Nadine Dorries says sport and physical activity must be 'at the heart of pandemic recovery'
Nadine Dorries, the recently appointed secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport, has promised that the government will place sport and physical activity "at the heart of pandemic recovery".
15 Oct 2021
Europa Park extends winter opening for the first time as part of Hallowinter celebration
For the first time in its history, Europa-Park has announced it will remain open between Halloween and the start of its winter schedule as part of a ‘HALLOWinter’ offering.
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