Loughborough MP Jane Hunt today (Thursday, 5 August) visited a gym to find out how it is leading people back to fitness post-lockdown with Covid-secure sessions.
Nick Wardle had to run online work-outs from an empty fitness hall when Covid-19 restrictions forced closure for his members earlier this year.
Today, Jane was shown how his business, Body Transformation Centre in Loughborough, which opened fully when restrictions were lifted in May, has designed safe sessions designed for those who have lost fitness or put on weight during lockdown.
Boris Johnson last week announced a government-backed rewards programme for families switching to healthier food and exercising under radical plans to tackle obesity in the UK.
Jane said: “We can get fit in various ways but many of us need fitness coaches like Nick to get us there. You can see the effort Nick and his team have put into creating a safe environment for people to work out in. I have a long way to go to improve my personal health, particularly to Loughborough standards, but the session was so enjoyable that I have signed up and that’s the first step to fitness.”
“The government has announced plans for a pilot to reward families for leading healthier lifestyles and I think Loughborough’s gyms and leisure centres will play a vital role in supporting this programme. I applaud Nick for the work he and his team have done to help people get active again.”
Body Transformation Centre, in Charnwood Trade Park, Clarence Street, has developed supervised semi-private personal training sessions to help people get back into the swing of gym exercise.
Mr Wardle said: “So many of us have missed going to the gym and have just been unable to find that motivation to keep fit at home. So we want people to know that they can feel very safe back in our gym, and that we’re sensitive to the stage they’re at with their fitness.
“No-one should rush back to fitness. Let’s take it easy, one step at a time, and enjoy getting fit again.”
The pilot, set to launch in January, is a health and incentive programme for a period of 6 months. The pilot will help the government understand the role that advice and incentives could play in helping people to lead healthier lives. The app will also include activities such as walking and taking exercise.”
Experts have warned that the NHS would struggle to cope in future if there were not radical moves to tackle obesity.