On National Fitness Day, what will you do?

We asked Duradiamond Healthcare employees what #fitness2me means to them...

September 25th is National Fitness Day. What will you do?

It’s a chance to highlight the role physical activity plays across the UK, helping to raise awareness of its importance in helping everyone lead healthier and active lifestyles. Held annually during the European Week of Sport, last year National Fitness Day got more than four million people active on the day, from school classes to workplaces, across every region of the UK.

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 and many more. In 2019, thousands of clubs, parks, leisure centres and gyms will open their doors to welcome everyone to get active. Across the UK, schools and communities will also get involved by running their own events and activities to get the nation moving.

Thousands of events will be held across the UK, offering people the opportunity to try new activities. National Fitness Day brings the nation together to remind us why it’s so good to move, highlighting the role that physical activity plays in helping us lead healthier, happier lives.

Why is this important?

  • Physical inactivity has been listed as a leading cause of preventable diseases and conditions such as type-2 diabetes, some cancers and osteoporosis.
  • We are facing a physical inactivity crisis in the UK, with evidence showing that the average adult spends more time on the toilet every week than exercising and eight times longer watching on-demand TV than exercising.
    A study by the World Health Organisation last year revealed that the UK is ranked 123rd out of 168 nations for physical inactivity.

That’s why National Fitness Day is so important – to spark a national conversation about all of the benefits of physical activity, both to the individual and to society as a whole. Because being more active is not only proven to improve our physical health, it also has an incredible effect on our mental health, our confidence and development, our social connections and our communities.

Of course, National Fitness Day isn’t really just about one day, it’s about committing to change your routine for a lifetime of benefits.

See what Duradiamond Healthcare employees had to say about #fitness2me means (below):