Outdoor Fitness Challenge launched

5th April 2019

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has organised an ‘Outdoor Fitness Challenge’ – a free 12 week programme, aimed at encouraging adults to build up physical activity in a gradual and healthy way.

The initiative is funded by the Public Health Agency (PHA) through its Healthy Towns programme and is aimed at people aged 18 years old and over who find taking exercise difficult.

The free gym programme will commence at the Round ‘O’, Enniskillen on Wednesday 17 April 2019 at 7.15pm with each session lasting 45 minutes.

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

Speaking about the ‘Outdoor Fitness Challenge’, the Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Howard Thornton, said:

“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 improving health and well-being. The ‘Outdoor Fitness Challenge’ is a great way for people to take the first steps to improved fitness and to establish 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:

“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 wellbeing. If you’re starting from scratch, you can work with the coaches to progress gradually, achieve your goal and feel the health benefits.

“Being active is good for your mental health and can lift mood, reduce anxiety and help to protect against depression. 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.”

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, text phone 028 8225 6216 or visit www.fermanaghomagh.com.

Participants will be admitted to the programme only after completing a health screening assessment.