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Female-driven ‘class culture’ transforming local leisure centres

Female-driven ‘class culture’ transforming local leisure centres

24 August 2017

Women are driving a major transformation of community leisure centres, with growing numbers swapping traditional activities like swimming for spin bikes and other group workouts, a landmark report has revealed.

The number of people visiting leisure centres for group exercise classes such as cardio and indoor cycling has risen by almost 30 per cent in the past two years, with almost two thirds of class participants female.

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Dance Legend Darcey Bussell to lead National Fitness Day mass workout

Dance Legend Darcey Bussell to lead National Fitness Day mass workout

23 August 2017

Strictly Come Dancing star Darcey Bussell will lead a mass-workout in Central London to kick-start National Fitness Day on 27th September.

The legendary ballerina will be joined at Paddington Recreation Ground by hundreds of participants for a 7:30am dance fitness session called ‘Wake up and Work out’, based on her DDMIX training concept.

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NHS Healthy Towns proposals puts ukactive in spotlight

NHS Healthy Towns proposals puts ukactive in spotlight

22 August 2017

ukactive has spoken out in favour of sweeping NHS proposals to create 10 “Healthy New Towns” that would pilot new ways to place physical activity at the heart of communities.

Under the proposals, those who meet weekly activity targets could be offered discount gym memberships, savings on weekly supermarket shopping and sports gear, or free cinema tickets. Plans would also see housing developers offering free bikes with new homes, while streets would feature public gyms, adventure areas and sprint tracks.

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Pioneering health scheme gets Essex seniors fighting fit

Pioneering health scheme gets Essex seniors fighting fit

16 August 2017

Over 1,700 Essex residents have had their lives transformed by a pioneering health programme that sees patients prescribed exercise as medicine.

The Let’s Get Moving programme - run by not-for-profit health body ukactive in conjunction with Active Essex - targets patients in need of activity interventions, giving them the tools and confidence to develop positive lifestyle habits and make new social connections.

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ukactive urges government shake-up of sedentary office culture

09 August 2017

ukactive Chair Tanni Grey-Thompson appeared on international news network CNBC this morning (9th August) to urge the Government to tackle the ‘toxic’ toll of sedentary working cultures by incentivising employees to be active.

The legendary Paralympian and cross-bench peer noted that ‘physical inactivity costs the UK £20bn each year and is the cause of 37,000 premature deaths’ with desk-bound office culture fuelling the mounting inactivity crisis.

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