New health activities in Alresford

Press Release: 15/09/2010

New health activities in Alresford

From the end of September, a new health walk and a new exercise class will launch in Alresford.

The Alresford Health Walk will be the newest addition to the Winchester Health Walks scheme which currently has five weekly walks across the District, attracting over 100 walkers each week.

The weekly walking group in Alresford will meet outside the Evolution Health and Fitness Gym at Perins School and will be led by trained volunteer walk leaders. Each walk will last an hour, covering approximately 2½ - 3 miles. The walks are suitable for everyone, including those who currently do little or no activity.

Dale Greenwood, one of the volunteer walk leaders, said: “The Health Walks offer a good opportunity for people to become more active whilst having a chat with fellow walkers and enjoying the beautiful scenery we have here in Winchester. Participants who have been walking for a while have experienced health benefits such as improved fitness, improved mobility, and more energy”.

A new exercise class will also be launching in Alresford. Funded by Winchester City Council through the LEADER programme, the new ‘Fit Ball’ class will take place at Evolution Health and Fitness Gym at Perins School. Fit Ball sessions provide a fun, challenging and safe workout, and will help to improve balance, posture, body awareness & co-ordination by using a stability ball to strengthen abdominal muscles and core stability.

Starting on 20th September, the class will take place every Monday evening from 6 to 7pm. It will cost just £2.50 a session and no booking is required.

Cllr Lucille Thomson, Portfolio holder for Active Communities, said: “These sessions offer people in and around Alresford the opportunity to participate in sessions as part of a group. This is ideal for people who wish to become more active and also make new friends at the same time.”

For further information about the City Council’s Active Lifestyles Scheme and the activities mentioned above, please contact Lydia Lockhart on 01962 848 725 or llockhart@winchester.gov.uk