Fitness sessions at Outdoor Gym facilities

Fitness sessions take place at a nmuber of outdoor gyms across the district

Published: 24th September 2015

A programme of weekly fitness sessions, designed to help participants build up physical activity in a gradual and healthy way, is taking place at three outdoor gyms across County Fermanagh.

The fitness sessions, which are part of the Outdoor Fitness Challenge programme, are organised and delivered by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and funded by the Public Health Agency’s (PHA) Healthy Towns Programme.

Sessions, delivered by fully qualified Fermanagh and Omagh District Council fitness instructors, take place every Sunday at Outdoor Gyms at the Round ‘O’, Enniskillen, at 11am, Derrygonnelly at 1pm and Belcoo at 3pm until 8 November 2015. Each session lasts 90-minutes.

Speaking about the current Outdoor Challenge Fitness programme, Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly, said:

“The outdoor gym facilities across the district are a great way for people to get active in their local community by using the latest outdoor fitness equipment at no cost and at a time convenient to them.  The Outdoor Fitness Challenge programme is an excellent initiative, introducing participants to the equipment and helping them to establish a habit of exercise through support and guidance from qualified staff.”

Denise McCallion, Senior Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement Officer at the PHA, 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 wellbeing.

“Being more physically active and reaching the Chief Medical Officer’s recommended target of a minimum 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week can help you manage your weight, reduce your risk of developing many chronic conditions, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, and colon cancer, and reduce anxiety and stress. Being active can help us lead healthier and even happier lives.”

The Outdoor Fitness Challenge programme is suitable for people aged 14 years and over. Participants will be admitted to the programme only after the completion of a health screening assessment. Participation in the programme is free of charge.

For further information about the Outdoor Fitness Challenge programme, contact Chris Elliott, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, by telephoning 0300 303 1777.

For helpful tips on getting active, healthier eating choices, measuring up and setting goals visit www.choosetolivebetter.com

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