Take the first step to fitness 


Bolton Council is running a series of free information sessions aimed at helping people become more active.

The First Step sessions 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.

Each session covers: the importance and the benefits of being physically active; analysis of current fitness levels and what exercise have done in the past; breaking down the barriers to activity, and information on what is available in a specific area of the town. Everyone who signs up will also receive a free pedometer.

First step will take place in seven locations across the borough: Leverhulme Community Club; Crompton Health Centre; Pikes Lane Medical Centre; Halliwell UCAN Centre; John Holt Centre, Westhoughton; Great Lever Health Centre; and Newbury Learning Centre.

Councillor Linda Thomas, Executive Member for Corporate Resources and Health at Bolton Council, said: “The First Step sessions are an excellent idea and should ease people into exercising gently.

“I think a lot of people would love to exercise more but are wary about taking that first step because either they haven’t done any physical exercise for years, don’t think they can fit it in around their families or simply because they’re not sure which form of exercise would be best for them. These are all valid obstacles but the First Step sessions are a friendly, informative way of overcoming them.”

The times and dates for First Step sessions are as follows:

  • Leverhulme Community Club, third Monday of the month, 10am until 11:30am
  • Crompton Health Centre, first Tuesday of the month, either 10:30am until noon or 3:30pm until 5:00pm
  • Pikes Lane Medical Centre, second Tuesday of the month, either 10am until noon or 6pm until 8pm
  • Halliwell UCAN Centre, third Tuesday of the month, 10am until 11:30am
  • John Holt Centre, first Wednesday of the month, 10am until noon
  • Great Lever Health Centre, last Thursday of the month, noon until 1:30pm
  • Newbury Learning Centre, third Friday of the month, 1:00pm until 3:00pm.

Anyone wishing to attend should contact the council’s Sports, Health and Inclusion team on 01204 333075, and say which session they want to attend.

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