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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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27 Jul 2022
Hyperbaric medicine specialist Shai Efrati to keynote Global Wellness Summit
The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) has revealed that Shai Efrati, MD, a respected research scientist on hyperbaric oxygen therapy, will keynote at the 2022 conference being held in Tel Aviv from 31 October to 3 November.
25 Jul 2022
International Congress on Thermal Tourism returns after 11-year hiatus
The International Congress on Thermal Tourism (ICTT) is returning for 2022 and taking place at Expourense in Spain, from 27-29 September 2022.
06 Jul 2022
2022 Rugby League World Cup delivers £25.8m boost to northern communities
The Rugby League World Cup's social impact programme has resulted in £25.8m of investment in local communities across northern England.
08 Jun 2022
George Gaitanos is latest guest on Medical Wellness Congress digital series
The team behind the Medical Wellness Congress (MWC) is adding to its online series of interviews with its speakers, sponsors and ambassadors with a brand new episode in conversation with Dr George Gaitanos, chief operating and scientific officer of the Chenot Group.
31 May 2022
Countdown kicks off for Global Wellness Day 2022 this June
Saturday 11 June 2022 will mark the 11th anniversary of Global Wellness Day (GWD), an annual event hosted to emphasise the importance of wellness and taking care of health and wellbeing.
26 May 2022
Spa Life UK reveals Dr Amanda Foo-Ryland as keynote for June conference
Author, TED Talk host and hypnotherapy specialist Dr Amanda Foo-Ryland has been named keynote speaker for UK spa industry event Spa Life UK 2022.
27 Apr 2022
W3Spa EMEA sees spa and wellness industry gather in Spain
Industry event W3Spa EMEA has kicked off in Tarragona, Spain, hosted at Le Méridien Ra Beach Hotel & Spa.
26 Apr 2022
Global Wellness Summit 2022 theme revealed
The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) will host its 2022 conference in Tel Aviv, Israel, from 31 October – 3 November with a theme of 'Open Minds. Open Hearts. Open for Business'.
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