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Now is the time to understand the importance of physical activity on National Fitness Day, says Bear Grylls


LET’S make health and fitness our No1 priority this autumn, starting tomorrow on National Fitness Day.

There has never been a better time to understand the importance of physical activity as normal life near enough resumes.

National Fitness Day aims to ensure equal opportunity and access to exercise

It has been a difficult and stressful year for so many with the global pandemic, but we have seen physical activity helping millions to find a connection and stay strong, both physically and mentally.

According to a recent report from the World Obesity Federation, hundreds of thousands of coronavirus deaths could have been avoided if obesity rates were lower.

Studies showed that the death rate from Covid-19 was ten times higher in countries where 50 per cent or more of the population is overweight.

The UK has had one of the highest coronavirus death rates – and also has the fourth-highest rate of obesity in the world.

That is obviously no coincidence, so this is a wake-up call to the world that needs to be heeded.

The main driver of tomorrow’s National Fitness Day – which is now in its tenth year –  is to ensure everyone has the opportunity and access to be more active, whether that’s in the great outdoors, through local fitness and leisure facilities, at school, in the workplace or with an online workout at home.


We hope to empower everyone to try something new and make a positive change to their life.

For my part, I’m working with the company I co-own, Be Military Fit. We’re a military veteran-owned and run firm that organises outdoor, military-style workouts.

We will be offering free fitness sessions at venues across the country from tomorrow and throughout the week for people of all ages and abilities.

Last year on National Fitness Day, we had 19.1million people working out and getting active across the UK. It was great to see so many people training with their friends, within their communities, at free events.

Let’s ensure National Fitness Day 2021 is a trigger to make exercise part of your lifestyle every single day. And let’s make this year’s event bigger than ever, smashing the record books once again.

Free events to try tomorrow

TOMORROW is the chance to shape up with hundreds of free events. Here are just a few to tempt you:

Lockdown legend Joe Wicks has a one-week trial of virtual workouts at thebodycoach.com.

Get fit from your front room by logging on to TRX Training Club for live workouts for 24 hours. Visit club.trxtraining.com.

Beginners can try out exercising at home via the Better UK app for free for one day tomorrow. For more information, visit better.org.uk/national- fitness-day.

Work out with legendary telly fitness star Mr Motivator. He holds a free live workout class every Wednesday. Information at mrmotivatorsclub.com.

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