The Active Pregnancy Foundation announces plans for National Fitness Day 2022 as campaign calls for UK to prioritise physical health to support mental strength.
National Fitness Day, which takes place on Wednesday 21 September, will see a huge range of free events and taster sessions take place across the whole of the UK under the theme of “Fitness Unites Us”.
We will be hosting a free live workout with physiotherapist and personal trainer, Sarah Thorne, on Instagram at 13:30. This workout is suitable for pregnant and postnatal women and will focus on total body strength to tie in with out themed month #StrongInSeptember
National Fitness Day is the UK’s most active day of the year – in 2021 more than 22 million people were inspired to be active on the day.
This year the campaign will continue to encourage people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to come together to recognise the importance of prioritising being active for our mental wellbeing as well as physical health.
The challenges posed by the cost of living crisis and the pandemic mean many people in the UK are facing tough choices every day, but by uniting through fitness, we can find the mental strength to help us cope.
Using the theme Fitness Unites Us, campaign organisers ukactive are encouraging fitness, sport and leisure providers across the UK to demonstrate the inclusive power of physical activity in bringing people from all walks of life together, in every community.
Free events and activities will take place in gyms, leisure centres, studios, parks, sports clubs, as well as online via digital platforms and apps, with millions of people set to to try a new activity and take the first step, no matter how small, to living a more active life.
You can also get involved by posting photos or messages on social media in the build-up to National Fitness Day, using #FitnessDay and sharing a message or picture showing how you stay active and why.
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Sally Kettle, CEO of The Active Pregnancy, said: “We’re excited to play a part in National Fitness Day this year, especially as times seem tougher than ever. We need initiatives like this to inspire more people, including pregnant and postnatal women, to participant in activity. We can all enjoy the benefits of moving our bodies more. For those planning a pregnancy, are pregnant already, or have had had their baby, we are here with evidence-based tools and tips to support their activity choices."
Huw Edwards , CEO of ukactive, which coordinates the campaign, said: “Today, we are all faced with our own personal challenges, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by events at home and abroad – from the cost of living crisis and rising energy bills, to global conflict and war, or environmental concerns. That’s why this year, National Fitness Day is the perfect reminder for all of us to prioritise our health and wellbeing, whatever the challenges we face.
Your local gym, pool, leisure centre, sports facility or online provider can help you to take the first step towards improving your physical and mental health, as well as to connect with other people in your community because fitness has a wonderful ability to unite us. There are a huge range of options for everyone to try, with staff on-hand to inspire and support you, whatever stage you are at.”
For more information, visit www.nationalfitnessday.com and for the latest updates follow @FitnessDayUK on Twitter and Instagram.