This Wednesday 22nd September 2021 is National Fitness Day. #FitnessDay was created by UKactive and is a chance to highlight the role physical activity plays across the UK, helping raise awareness of its importance in helping people lead healthier lifestyles.
‘National Fitness Day sees a huge range of activity options enjoyed by participants of all ages, such as ‘plank offs’, yoga and pilates classes, treadmill challenges, high-street HIIT classes, dance-offs, mass walks, virtual workouts and many more.’’
https://www.ukactive.com/ exists to improve the health of the nation by getting more people, more active, more often. MolyFit will be getting involved this year and will be running three live classes on Wednesday at 10am, 11am and 12am.
The NHS recommend that older adults should do some type of physical activity every day. Their own guidelines are as follows:
Adults aged 65 and over should:
- aim to be physically active every day. Any activity is better than none. The more you do the better, even if it’s just light activity
- do activities that improve strength, balance and flexibility on at least 2 days a week
- do at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity a week or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity if you are already active, or a combination of both
- reduce time spent sitting or lying down and break up long periods of not moving with some activity
I want to show you that exercise does not have to be daunting chore and that you are never too old to start. During the three live sessions, I will show you how to achieve the NHS recommend guidelines by showing you how to make a start, and what exercises to do. I will show you how to achieve exercise goals by listening to your body, taking one exercise at a time.
To help with this, I have roped in my dad! I have asked (demanded he participate 😊) my beloved father because he is not an exerciser. I could have asked one of my clients to join in, but most of them have been training with me for years, so know their way around a squat or press-up. I felt this would defeat the object as I want the sessions to realistically reflect the experience for an exercise beginner.
Who knows what will actually happen? One thing is certain, it will definitely be a laugh, maybe we’ll get some fitness in too.