First steps to fitness with outdoor gym programme

Published: 21st December 2016

A new initiative to help adults build up physical activity in a gradual and healthy way will take place at a number of outdoor gyms across the Fermanagh and Omagh district from January 2017.

The ‘Outdoor Fitness Challenge’ – a free 12-week programme starting on Sunday 8 January 2017 – has been organised by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council with funding from the Public Health Agency’s (PHA) Healthy Towns Programme.

People aged 18 years old and over who find taking exercise difficult are encouraged to sign up to the free programme which will take place at outdoor gym facilities in Derrylin, Lisbellaw, Lisnaskea and Omagh.

The programme will be led by fully qualified Fermanagh and Omagh District Council fitness coaches who will provide professional training, support and advice to help participants get more active more often.

Launching details of the Outdoor Fitness Challenge, Chairperson of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Mary Garrity, highlighted the importance of physical activity and increased exercise, saying:

“The Council is committed to improving the health and well-being of our residents and has installed outdoor gym facilities across the district so that people can get active and keep fit at a time and location convenient to them.

Being active and keeping fit is essential for health and well-being. The Outdoor Fitness Challenge is a great way for people to take the first steps to improved fitness and to establishing a habit of exercise. I encourage people to take part in this opportunity and to make good use of outdoor gym facilities in their area.”

Colette Brolly, the PHA’s lead for physical activity, said:

“Many of us do spend too much time sitting and don’t get enough physical activity. This programme is all about taking the first steps to get up and get active and making a positive change which can make a big difference to your health and well-being.

“The PHA is also currently running a campaign in partnership with the Council to encourage people to get more active by taking more steps every day and more info on this can be found on where there are lots of tips on moving more and counting your steps.
“Being physically active is very important in maintaining a healthy weight and can reduce the risk of many diseases including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, and colon cancer. Being active is also good for your mental health and can lift mood, reduce anxiety and help to protect against depression.”

The 12-week programme will start on Sunday 8 January 2017 at Lisbellaw, 9.30 am; The Grange, Omagh, 9.30 am; CKS, Omagh, 11 am; Lisnaskea, 11 am, and Derrylin at 1 pm.

For further information or to register for the ‘Outdoor Fitness Challenge’ please contact Chris Elliott, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, by telephoning 0300 303 1777 or visit Participants will be admitted to the programme only after completing a health screening assessment.

For helpful tips and advice on getting active please visit

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