National Fitness Day is all set to take place this year on Wednesday 21st September. The day is set up as a celebration of all things fitness here in the UK. And what fitness means to people. If previous days are anything to go by – this should be a fantastic day, whether you are new to fitness or already fit.
On this page, there’s everything you need to know about the day.
To start, the aims of the day are explained, before moving on to explain how to get involved yourself and how you can help to spread the word.
Fitness to one person can have an entirely different to one meaning that it can another. One individual will see fitness as running an endurance race like a marathon. For another, it will mean lifting a particular weight. For another, it might mean walking around the block several times a week.
National Fitness Day focuses on exactly what the word ‘Fitness’ means to you as an individual. It is a celebration of that diversity when it comes to personal fitness, while it also aims to get more people moving, with the following aim:
‘We want to make #FitnessDay the biggest movement in breaking down the barriers that stop people being active, showing that fitness is for everyone!’
It’s clear that physical fitness can have a positive impact on physical, mental, and social wellbeing. Bringing people together on one day will ensure a range of activities that can be enjoyed by people of all ages up and down the country. It’s also an opportunity for those who practise a fitness activity to try something new with a bunch of new people.
There are several ways to get involved in the event.
The first is as an event host. National Fitness Day is looking for both individuals and organisations to host events on the 21st of September. If you run a fitness organisation, you could run a free class (whether in person or online), offer a free trial or even organise a mass participation event.
Events that have taken place in the past include squat offs, plank offs (yes, they are as painful as they sound!), rowing challenges, ride and raves and more. Other ideas that could be useful would include:
On National Fitness Day schools are asked to register and the organisation will provide the school with digital toolkits with digital workouts, activities, and games to support schools in doing this. There is also a call for all schools to do 10 minutes of physical activity at 10am on the day itself.
If you are an individual looking for great fitness to take part in during the day itself, you should hit the ‘subscribe’ button at https://www.nationalfitnessday.com/get-involved/.
This will keep you up to date with everything that is going on. In the month leading up to the day, you can also do a search around your local area on the page. This will tell you exactly what is going on in and around your town.
As with all good events and movements, National Fitness Day has a hashtag. Use the #FITNESSDAY hashtag on any social media you put out about the day and others will pick it up. It’s also a fantastic way for you to search out other events. You can also follow, share and subscribe to their pages on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
If you’re one of those who are heading along to National Fitness Day to try something new, it could be the perfect kickstart to a regular fitness activity. The day is an inspiring one and it could lead to you making that step to signing up for a class or a sports club or joining that gym.
By continuing with a fitness programme, you might meet new friends, feel physically and mentally better, or even look at having a whole new lifestyle.
For example, if you decide to take part in a running activity at a local park, you might decide to join a running club on the back of National Fitness Day. Equally, it could lead you to sign up at a local soccer club, have that regular weekly class at the gym, or meeting a bunch of hikers and exploring the great scenery across the UK. More and more individuals across the UK take part in organised events and clubs around fitness, why not join them?
See the events (or organise one yourself) over at www.nationalfitnessday.com
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