Baroness Tanni Grey – Thompson urges the nation on National Fitness Day

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This year National Fitness Day is taking place on Wednesday 7th September, coinciding with the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympics. So who is better placed than one of Britain’s most successful Paralympians and Chair of ukactive to inspire the nation to get fit?

It’s been a magnificent summer of sport and the excitement is not over yet with the Paralympics about to get underway in Rio.

Team GB Paralympic legend Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, who won 16 Paralympic medals including 11 golds in her illustrious career, will be on hand in Rio with this year’s current crop of stars.

The official start of the 2016 Paralympics also coincides with National Fitness Day, which Tanni is backing not only as a former athlete, but also as the Chair of ukactive.

Research by ukactive and Argos, the headline partner for National Fitness Day, has shown that whilst over two-thirds of Brits say that fitness is a big part of their lives, nearly a quarter struggle to find the motivation, and one in seven wish that they had more inspiration to keep them going.

Watch our video where Tanni talks about her excitement ahead of the Paralympics as well as how everyone, not just our elite athletes, can take inspiration from the games. She also explains how you can take part in National Fitness Day and use it to kick start your quest to get fitter and healthier.


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About National Fitness Day

National Fitness Day, 7th September 2016, will once again be the biggest and most visible annual celebration of physical activity of the year. It is the day to celebrate the role that physical activity plays across the UK, facilitated by ukactive and previously, the énergie Group, who are the largest and fastest growing fitness franchise company in the UK, and who founded National Fitness Day back in 2011. Realising that this is an event that would benefit with participation from the whole sector, énergie graciously ‘gifted’ National Fitness Day to UK Active in 2014. We would like to publicly thank énergie for this and are proud to now be growing the event year on year.

Just as last year, our aim to establish National Fitness Day as the most active day of the year hasn’t changed. We welcome thousands of clubs, parks, leisure centres, gyms and ukactive members who will be opening their doors to welcome you for a free half hour session in your area.

We know the benefit regular exercise delivers including a healthier heart, increased wellbeing and a better quality of life. However, many of us find getting fit troubling, it becomes a challenge and it shouldn’t be – that is why we started National Fitness Day.

Research shows if you exercise in company (with friends) you are more likely to stick at it; the social atmosphere creates a positive environment which importantly helps us to have fun.