Keeping you healthy 

08/12/09

Make yourself an early New Year’s resolution to get fit and healthy.

More active lifestyles can help people avoid health problems, so with Christmas fast approaching, now is a good time to plan ahead and make sure you don’t pile on the pounds or widen the waistline.

There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in healthy and sporting activities throughout the year.

Twelve community leisure centres across the borough offer swimming, gym facilities and a vast range of other sports and activities for all abilities. The centres are run by Bolton Community Leisure Trust a partnership between the council and Serco. They aim to improve everyone’s health so they can live longer, healthier and happier lives and provide low cost high quality leisure facilities to the people of Bolton.

The partnership has introduced the ‘FreeBie’ scheme offering:

  • free swimming for young people aged 16 and under and the over-60s
  • free leisure activities for the over-65s
  • free swimming lessons for children under-11.

Swimming is a great way of staying fit and the trust is also offering lessons to adults who can’t swim for just £1 per week.

There has also been considerable investment in local facilities in the past year:

  • a new state-of-the-art gym at Horwich Leisure Centre, which includes equipment for disabled people
  • refurbishment of Horwich and Farnworth pool, which are due to re-open in January

All the leisure centres offer 15 months membership for the price of 12, including membership of the Isospa fitness gyms and a range of workouts.

The council’s Sports Health Inclusion team also provide opportunities for people to get active and healthy with a wide range of sport and recreational activities. They run free information sessions, called First Step, which will help residents to find out where to go to get fitter, introduce them to new activities, and give them the confidence they need to do it .

They also organise health walks for people of all abilities and you can find out more about these by calling 01204 334195.

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