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21 Sep 2022
Millions take part in National Fitness Day to celebrate the power of exercise

Operators across the physical activity sector open up to the public today offering free sessions and activities in celebration of National Fitness Day, an initiative organised by industry body, UK Active.

This year’s theme, ‘Fitness Unites Us’, aims to emphasise how sport and physical activity can bring people together, regardless of age, ability or background.

In 2021 National Fitness Day attracted almost 23m participants and UK Active is hoping this year will be just as successful. Gyms, leisure centres, swimming pools and clubs all over the UK are getting involved. By using the Location Finder online, people can find out what is happening in their area.

At the Jubilee Hall Gym in Covent Garden this morning, personal trainer Laura Hoggins joined a workout with Les Mills trainers Jess McDonald and Sarah Durnford. At 10am children at participating schools synchronise to engage in ten minutes of fun for a [email protected] activity. These are just two examples of special events that are being held in every part of the UK today, from St Ives in the south west corner of England to Inverness, Scotland.

“The stories we hear on National Fitness Day show us the inclusive power of physical activity, bringing people from all walks of life together, in every community,” said Huw Edwards, CEO of UK Active. “Over recent weeks and months our nation has been faced with many challenges and it is more important than ever to support each other in prioritising our health and wellbeing.

“We hope that by uniting through fitness today, more people can experience the benefits of physical activity and in particular the mental strength and resilience it can bring to our lives.”

Today will also see the first broadcast of Fitness for Everyone, a programme made through a joint co-production between UK Active and ITN Productions. Created for ITN’s Industry News, it will be hosted by journalist Louise Minchin from ITN’s London studios.

Those participating are encouraged to share on social media with the hashtag #FitnessDay and more information can be found here at

National Fitness Day was first organised in 2011 by Energie Fitness founder, the late Jan Spaticchia, who gifted it to UK Active to run on behalf of the nation. UK Active has subsequently created a Jan Spaticchia award in his honour.

What are you up to today on National Fitness Day? Share your news so we can add details of your special programmes to this story by emailing HCM's head of news, Frances Marcellin here.

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04 Oct 2022
Historic number of winners crowned at 2022 Aufguss World Championships
From 12-17 September, the world’s top aufguss masters gathered in the Netherlands to celebrate the power of sauna and participate in the annual Aufguss World Championship.
30 Sep 2022
VAC 2022 conference programme and 25 speakers announced
VAC 2022 has announced the final line-up of 25 top attractions sector speakers set to appear at the conference on Thursday 13 October.
23 Sep 2022
Anna Bjurstam, Alberto Apostoli and Andrew Gibson headlining Synergy The Retreat Show in Ibiza this October
Like-minded spa, wellness and travel experts are being invited to come together at the inaugural Synergy – The Retreat Show from 25-28 October in Ibiza.
09 Sep 2022
Blue Zones discoverer Dan Buettner to keynote at 2022 Global Wellness Summit
Dan Buettner – who identified the five places in the world where people live the longest, healthiest lives and founded Blue Zone wellness communities – has been announced as the latest keynote for the 2022 Global Wellness Summit (GWS).
07 Sep 2022
IAAPA recognition for Blackpool Pleasure Beach to mark century-old relationship
Blackpool Pleasure Beach will be honoured at the IAAPA Expo Europe, being held in London later this month.
07 Sep 2022
Great Spa Towns of Europe Association gathers for first-ever General Assembly
Members of the Great Spa Towns of Europe (GSTE) have gathered in Františkovy Lázně in the Czech Republic this week to take part in the first-ever General Assembly of the GSTE.
26 Aug 2022
GWS calls on industry's best and brightest to enter innovation contest, sponsored by Meta
The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) has announced the focus of its third annual Call for Innovation competition: Wellness and the Metaverse.
11 Aug 2022
Record-breaking 140 countries to celebrate World Wellness Weekend 2022
This year’s World Wellness Weekend (WWW) will be the largest to date, reaching over 140 countries and involving over 4,000 venues, including spas, gyms and a range of other wellness, tourism and hospitality destinations.
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