Try A New Activity For Free On National Fitness Day

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The best day of the year is Christmas Day. Ignore the Scrooges – that’s just a fact. The second best day is probably your birthday. The third best day is, without any doubt, National Fitness Day. Of course if your birthday falls on Christmas Day both are ruined (half the presents, half the attention) but if your birthday coincides with National Fitness Day, well, you might just be the luckiest person alive.

This year National Fitness Day falls on Wednesday 22nd September, so it’s well timed to provide some motivation to get moving just as the weather starts to turn wetter and chillier. It’s also a great opportunity to try a new activity free of charge, because gyms, studios and other organisers of exercise will be putting on events all over the country.

We also expect many home workout apps to offer some kind of deal or free access to celebrate the occasion, and one that’s already confirmed is the TRX Training Club app, which will be free for 24 hours. The TRX Training Club offers live classes over a video call, so the trainer can interact with you. You don’t even need a suspension trainer to take part, since many of the workouts will use bodyweight moves only, and there are yoga and cardio classes available alongside strength sessions.

If you’d rather participate in some live exercise then you can use the activity finder on the National Fitness Day website to see what’s happening near you. At the very least you’ll be able to get a free day pass to your local gym.

As well as throwing open its doors to all comers, nationwide gym chain Anytime Fitness has also organised a challenge for the day. The overall aim is to travel the entire distance of the coastline of Great Britain, which is 31,368km. Every kilometre run, walked, rowed or cycled at any of the chain’s 175-plus clubs will count towards the goal, and clubs will also be competing against each other to see which can cover the most ground. To take part and get your free pass, sign up on the Anytime Fitness website.

Nick Harris-Fry
Senior writer

Nick Harris-Fry is a journalist who has been covering health and fitness since 2015. Nick is an avid runner, covering 70-110km a week, which gives him ample opportunity to test a wide range of running shoes and running gear. He is also the chief tester for fitness trackers and running watches, treadmills and exercise bikes, and workout headphones.