People in Chichester who want to improve their health are being given the chance to get fit for free.
Everyone Active, which manages a number of leisure centres on behalf of Chichester District Council, is offering free fitness support to help get local people more active.
The First Steps To Fitness scheme is being delivered in partnership with Chichester Wellbeing. It is a free 12-week activity programme aimed at getting currently inactive people to improve their health and wellbeing through exercise, and offers a mix of one-to-one support and free access to facilities in order to introduce customers to a range of physical activities.
Participants start the programme by attending a consultation session with one of Everyone Active’s specially-trained fitness motivators, who helps them to introduce regular, gentle exercise into their day-to-day routines.
Helen Rothwell, fitness motivator at Everyone Active, said: “First Steps To Fitness is a fantastic way for anyone, regardless of their age or ability, to improve their health and wellbeing by participating in physical activity.
“There are lots of people who want to get active, but the idea of walking into a gym or going for a run can be quite intimidating. We can help people get over that initial hurdle and make them feel more confident to start their journey towards a healthier, more active future.”
First Steps To Fitness has been designed to suit each customers’ individual needs. The participant takes the lead on deciding how much one-to-one support they receive, as well as which activities they want to try.
Everyone Active manages Westgate Leisure Centre, the Grange Community and Leisure Centre and Bourne Leisure Centre. As part of the programme, participants are offered a month’s free membership to one of the centres as well as discounted access to an eight-week group exercise course. This aims to give beginners the confidence to exercise in a gym or group environment while helping to build their fitness.
Nina T, who participated in the program, said: “At the age of nearly 50, and having been inactive for almost two years, I didn’t know where to start when it came to getting back into exercise.
“I met with Helen, a fitness motivator, to discuss the different activity options available to me and achievable goals we could work towards. This gave the incentive I needed to make a change – something I probably would never have done without First Steps To Fitness.”
Customers can be referred to the service by their GP, or simply contact Everyone Active themselves to get involved.
To find out more about First Steps To Fitness, contact Helen Rothwell on email@example.com or call 01243 836 793.