Feb 21 2014

Limber up for a fitness-fuelled weekend in Harrow

harrow_council_logoHarrow Council is calling on residents to limber up and get in shape ahead of a dedicated fitness weekend in March.

The Council’s Active Harrow weekend will see a range of activities on offer designed to get the borough’s residents fit and healthy, ranging from karate and dance demonstrations to a swimathon, and a one, three and six mile run.

Residents can get themselves ready for the challenges by taking up the Couch 2 5K Challenge – a project designed to turn even the most committed couch potato into a fully-fledged runner. The nine-week beginners’ running plan involves three runs per week, with a day of rest in between, and starts with a gradual build up of running and walking, leading to the full 5k run.

It is being supported by the NHS as an ideal way for beginners to get fit and healthy.

Harrow Council Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing Cllr Simon Williams said: “Taking part in Couch 2 5K is a perfect way for residents to get ready for our Active Harrow Weekend next month. You don’t need to be running the full 5k by then but at least being some of the way there will mean you are able to take part and enjoy even more of our action-packed weekend.”

Information and advice will be available throughout the Active Harrow weekend, as well as outdoor gym sessions, health walks and the chance to book a session with a motivational health trainer.

The weekend is designed to show residents the health benefits of exercise, which include:

  • helping to control your weight
  • improving your mental health and mood
  • strengthening your bones
  • reducing your risk of developing certain diseases, including diabetes, heart disease and stroke, and some types of cancer
  • improving your co-ordination and preventing your chance of falling if you’re an older person

For more information about the Active Harrow Weekend visit http://www.harrow.gov.uk/activeharrow

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