TO MARK National Fitness Day on Wednesday 25 September Cambridge City Council is teaming up with The Grafton shopping centre to offer people to take part in healthy activities for free.
One of the shopping units at The Grafton will be transformed into a pop-up fitness studio, offering free fitness classes for over-16s from 10am-7.45pm. Visitors will be able to join in with sessions including:
- Yoga (10am)
- HIIT - high intensity interval training (11am)
- ((Bounce)) – exercise on mini-trampolines (12 noon)
- Body Balance (1pm)
- Pilates (4pm)
- Boxercise (5pm)
- STRONG30 – total body workout synced to music (6pm)
- Glow Dance – workout to music in the dark with fluorescent accessories (7pm)
In addition there will be a ‘Functional Fitness’ class, which involves exercises that can be done either seated or standing. People who may have difficulties balancing can book a ‘Stronger For Longer MOT’ with an exercise referral professional, who will provide advice on exercises to improve strength and balance. Places for all the classes and the ‘Stronger For Longer MOT’ are limited, so advance booking is recommended at www.bookwhen.com/nfdcambridge
There will also be informal opportunities to get active around The Grafton on National Fitness Day, including taking part in the ‘Steptacular Grafton Challenge’ – a treasure hunt which will see participants clocking up their steps around the shopping centre in search of clues. The Grafton’s popular Ping Pong Parlour will be open later than usual, with free table tennis from 9am to 8pm.
Many local physical activity providers will also be joining in with special activities on National Fitness Day, with some offering deals, savings or free sessions. To find out what is available locally people can visit [link removed].
National Fitness Day is an initiative by UKActive, which aims to highlight the role that physical activity plays across the UK and help raise the awareness of the importance of physical activity for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Cllr Anna Smith, Executive Councillor for Communities, said: “National Fitness Day is an exciting initiative that we’re pleased to be involved with. The aim is simply to get more people being more active in a whole range of different ways – you don’t have to be into traditional sports or regularly go to fitness classes to add a little bit more activity to your lifestyle, and to feel the benefits. These activities at The Grafton might be a great way to start!”