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24 Nov 2021
Make every day national fitness day, says Nigel Huddleston as 22.7 million get active

A total of 22.7 million Brits – more than a third of the total population – took part in physical activity during the recent National Fitness Day.

Held on 22 September, the National Fitness Day 2021 smashed all records on its 10th anniversary, with more than 11.35 million children (up from 8.67 million in 2020) and 11.32 million adults (up from 10.45 million in 2020) estimated to have taken part.

In total, more than 4,365 free activities and events took place across the UK, either physically or online.

According to sports minister, Nigel Huddleston, the record-breaking figures show that there is a hunger for people to get more physically active.

“We know exercise and physical activity deliver huge benefits to our general health and wellbeing," Huddleston said.

“Gyms and leisure centres play a crucial role in improving access to health and fitness activities for people from all backgrounds, so I would urge everyone to get along to their local facilities and make it National Fitness Day every day.”

The theme for National Fitness Day 2021 was “Fitness Unites Us”, recognising the power of physical activity to unite the nation, particularly in light of the physical and mental health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Awareness of the day was supported by polling from ukactive, which showed that less than a third (27 per cent) of UK adults were as physically fit as they would like to be following the pandemic.

The National Fitness Day campaign was founded by fitness operator énergie Fitness in 2011 before being gifted to ukactive in 2014 to expand.

Huw Edwards, CEO of ukactive, said: “These figures show the incredible impact of National Fitness Day and the power of our sector to reach millions of new people and really get the nation moving more.

"National Fitness Day has grown to become one of the most important annual events for the UK’s physical and mental health; representing far more than a single day of activity, it is now a powerful trigger that inspires change for people and is inclusive of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, throughout the year.

"We want National Fitness Day 2022 to be even bigger, with more people getting active, so we are calling on everyone in the physical activity sector, as well as those in positions of political leadership, to join us in a united movement to get the nation moving."


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22 Nov 2021
North American and Japanese attractions dominate 2021 Thea Awards
North America and Japan-based visitor attractions and businesses picked up 14 of the 19 Thea Awards this year.
18 Nov 2021
ISPA reveals Dan Heath as opening keynote for 2022 conference
Bestselling author and entrepreneur Dan Heath has been announced as the opening Power Session keynote speaker for The International Spa Association’s (ISPA) 2022 Conference.
17 Nov 2021
IHRSA Smart Summit and FitnessConnected events get underway in Munich
The ​​Inaugural IHRSA SMART Summit has kicked off in Munich, Germany, with a focus on exploring the future of the sector in a changing world.
17 Nov 2021
Dates announced for 2022 Spa Life UK and Ireland conventions
Industry events Spa Life UK and Spa Life Ireland will go ahead in 2022, with organisers promising more practical, hands-on activities to enhance the event experience.
10 Nov 2021
Global Wellness Summit releases full agenda for 2021 conference in Boston
The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) has revealed the full agenda for its 15th annual conference taking place both virtually and in person in Boston, Massachusetts, from 30 November to 3 December.
03 Nov 2021
National conference will grapple with the rebuilding of the UK tourism industry
Nigel Huddleston, minister for tourism, will give a keynote speech at this year's Tourism Conference, taking place in London on 15 November.
29 Oct 2021
David Zarb Jenkins partners with We Work Well to launch hosted buyer events for fitness and hospitality. Will compete with Questex
We Work Well has announced the launch of two new hosted buyer events, targeting the fitness and hospitality markets in Europe, Middle East and Asia.
26 Oct 2021
Winners of first-ever Surf Park Awards revealed
Australian surf park operator URBNSurf and wave generating specialist Wavegarden are among the winners of the inaugural Surf Park Awards.
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