Leisure centres in the Harborough district are to relaunch group exercise classes in 'a huge boost' for people’s mental health

They will reopen on May 17 in line with the Government's regulations

Thursday, 13th May 2021, 10:06 am
Updated Thursday, 13th May 2021, 10:08 am
Leisure centres in Harborough district are to relaunch group exercise classes in “a huge boost” for people’s mental health.

Leisure centres in Harborough district are to relaunch group exercise classes in “a huge boost” for people’s mental health.

Harborough Leisure Centre on Northampton Road, Market Harborough, and Lutterworth Sports Centre on Coventry Road are run by Everyone Active alongside Harborough District Council.

They both reopened on Monday April 12 after being shut for three months amid the current Covid lockdown.

And now group exercise has been given the go-ahead from Monday May 17 in the penultimate stage of the Government’s four-step roadmap.

As restrictions have eased, many people have been keen to return to group exercise in centres.

Everyone Active’s strict operational measures mean they can do so in a Covid-safe environment.

Research commissioned by ukactive showed that 58 per cent of people had managed their mental health and wellbeing during lockdown through being active.

And 63 per cent said taking part in sport and physical activity with others could help overcome feelings of loneliness.

Matthew Hopkin, contract manager at Everyone Active, said: “We are delighted to be able to safely resume group exercise classes in our centres.

“Aside from the obvious physical benefits, this will be a huge boost for mental health and wellbeing in the area and comes at an apt time following the start of Mental Health Awareness Week.”

He added: “Many of our customers thrive on the social element of exercise.

“Not just for motivational reasons but also because they enjoy seeing friendly faces in a familiar environment.

“With social contact having been limited over the past year, the ability to mix safely with other members of the community will be appreciated by many,” said Matthew.

“The importance of mental wellbeing is proving increasingly resonant with the public.

“Customers can reintroduce group exercise to their fitness regime in the knowledge they are addressing the needs of body and mind.”

Cllr Simon Whelband, Harborough council’s Cabinet lead for Wellbeing, said: "It's great news that group exercise can resume at our leisure centres.

“Prior to the latest lockdown, I went to a number of group exercise sessions at Harborough Leisure Centre and found them a great way to keep active and remain healthy.

“For anyone thinking of attending their first session, I would recommend it.

“Exercise is so important for our physical and mental health – so being able to exercise with others in a class is welcome news."

Customers wishing to attend group exercise classes are required to book in advance via the Everyone Active website or mobile app.