Next Wednesday 7 September is National Fitness Day. This isn’t going to be huge news to you, but participating in fitness activities has heaps of mental and physical benefits. One of these myriad benefits is a better sex life. Today we take a look at why this is and bring you some of the best National Fitness Day free activities in the areas our service is available.
These days ‘fitspo’ and fitness culture seems to be everywhere. With super-buff types like Kayla Itsines and the Body Coach embodying a very shiny before and after version of an active lifestyle, some people can feel left out of that movement. That’s why days like National Fitness Day are great. There are heaps of routes to fitness, whether you’re into walking, like being out on the water or even doing some vigorous gardening. You don’t have to look a certain way or have any level of ability to start. Just starting is likely to have immediate benefits.
So, how does exercise and movement affect your sex life? First of all, you’ll have increased cardiovascular capacity - more energy, less breathlessness. Next, you may notice improved strength and flexibility helps you with some of the trickier but satisfying positions. Exercise can also play a role in reducing sexual dysfunction. Doctors at the New England Research Institute found that regular, vigorous exercise can be effective at lowering impotence risk. The researchers studied more than 600 middle-aged men who hadn't reported any problems with impotence. After eight years, the men who exercised regularly were less likely to have problems. Studies have also shown that women who exercise regularly become aroused more quickly and are able to orgasm faster and more intensely. Pass. Us. The. Dumbells.
With all of that firmly in mind, here are the best FREE Fitness Day activities in our service areas (if yours isn’t on here, just head over to the National Fitness Day website to find an event). Or why not organise your own? Start a meet-up and connect with likeminded people. Fitness is a journey that’s far more fun with friends.
Southwark and Lambeth
Sparta Circuit - Colombo Centre, Jubilee Hall Trust - To register and book your free place, call 020 7261 1658
The Great Outdoor Gym - free, outdoor, gym equipment in parks across Southwark and Lambeth - bonus you can use it all year round
Telford & Wrekin and Shropshire
The Shrewsbury Club - Fitness Day events at some of Shrewbury’s better looking locations - meaning you don’t even have to step foot in a gym. They include: 10am Aerobics in the grounds of Shrewsbury Castle on Castle Street; 11am Yoga by the Darwin Statue at The Library; 12:30pm Zumba class (mystery location) Phone or email for more details:
Phone: 01743 467755 Email: email@example.com
Shrewsbury Sports Village - free drop-in climbing taster sessions
(disclaimer: Essex is a whopper of a county so we've picked a few, there are loads more events so check the Fitness Day website for more)
SDF Colchester FITMembers: Beat The Boss Non Members Alfresco Bootcamp - outdoor bootcamps for non-members to try. Phone or email for times:
Phone: 0343 777 1111 Email: Manager.ColchesterFIT@sportsdirectfitness.com
The Great Outdoor Gym Company - across Essex
Braintree - free martial arts and personal training tasters Phone: 0845 260 1535 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brentwood: Coached Wheelchair Basketball session for all levels and abilities - Some sports-chairs are available on a first come basis. 8pm-9.45pm
Phone: 01277 215151 Email: email@example.com
Argos Hereford - hard to believe, but Argos are offering free events and challenges in-store and discounts on fitness products on Fitness Day. They’re National Fitness Day’s official partner and are getting active, on and offline
Halo Leisure - get a 7 day free fitness pass from Halo, who have centres across Herefordshire, with activities including indoor bowls, tennis, and swimming as well as gym equipment you can try something new or stick with one of your old favourites.
And if you haven't found something for you here, have a look at your local council's website, they may have a recommendation that suits your lifestyle better. Have fun!