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Try A New Activity For Free On National Fitness Day

The best day of the year is Christmas Day. Ignore the Scrooges – that’s just a fact. The second best day is probably your birthday. The third best day is, without any doubt, National Fitness Day. Of course if your birthday falls on Christmas Day both are ruined (half the presents, half the attention) but if your birthday coincides with National Fitness Day, well, you might just be the luckiest person alive.

National Fitness Day 2018 falls on Wednesday 26th September, and it offers the chance to enjoy free fitness classes and taster sessions for various sports across the country. The day couldn’t be better timed, with many people perhaps tempted to ease off on the activity as the weather turns chillier.

Last year there were more than 18,000 events held across 6,000 venues, so wherever you are in the UK, there’s bound to be something close by. When we entered our postcode in the activity finder on the National Fitness Day website, we were offered free day passes to several very posh gyms and leisure centres, so if nothing else you get the chance to go and sit in a really nice sauna for the afternoon. If we were prepared to go further afield than five miles then the range of activities grew and grew. There was even the opportunity to take a bleep test at one leisure centre, though never mind free – we reckon most people would need to be paid quite handsomely to take a bleep test.

If you’re based in London you can attend the free National Fitness Day kick-off event in Guildhall, which starts with a dance workout led by none other than former ballerina and Strictly judge Darcey Bussell. Following that, there are yoga sessions and Les Mills fitness classes to get involved with. Londoners also have the chance to try spinning for free as Boom Cycle throws open its doors to one and all to celebrate the day. All newcomers can ride for free at any of the Holborn, Hammersmith, Battersea and Monument sites.

So instead of bedding down for a sedentary few months in the build-up to Christmas (before trying to turn it around with a short-lived health kick in January), why not try a couple of new sports for free on National Fitness Day? You may even find your perfect active hobby. Or maybe you’ll finally beat that bleep test PB you banked back in Year 11?

Alongside the real-world activities, you can take your involvement in National Fitness Day to social media by getting involved in the #Fitness2Me campaign. Grab a piece of paper and write down what fitness means to you. Then snap a pic of you and your fitness credo and broadcast it to the world with the hashtags #Fitness2Me and #FitnessDay, tagging in @FitnessDayUK.

You don’t have to wait until Wednesday to get your pic up – check out these early examples for some inspiration.

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