Get into shape during 2012

Members of South Elmsall Walking Group at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Members of South Elmsall Walking Group at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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Walking is the perfect keep fit activity. It can be slotted into every lifestyle, even if it is just getting off the bus a stop early or using the stairs instead of lifts.

There are also a number of organised walks taking place across the area:

l Every Monday from 10am in Hemsworth. For more information, call 01924 315775.

l Every other Wednesday from January 11, at 10.30am, meeting at the Havercroft and Ryhill Community Learning Centre, Mulberry Place, Ryhill.

l Every Thursday from 10am from the Kinsley and Fitzwilliam Community Resource Centre, Wakefield Road, Kinsley.

Visit www.wakefield.gov.uk for more information about walks that are suitable for parents with small children and pushchairs.

If walking isn’t your thing, why not give swimming a go? A session at Minsthorpe Swimming Pool, Ash Grove, South Elmsall, costs just £3.90 for adults.

The centre also runs a number of pool-based classes, including aquafit, muscle and joint mobility for the over 50s and aquanatal for mums-to-be.

The pool is closed until January 10 for improvement works. For more information, call 01977 723200.

For something a bit more energetic, pop down to the outdoor adiZone gym, based at the Hemsworth Sports and Fitness Centre at Hemsworth Community College.

The free gym boasts a climbing wall, gym-style equipment, a basketball court, a stage and an exercise area. It offers the ideal opportunity to enjoy some fresh air while taking part in a variety of different activity types.

For more information, call 01977 624242.

Community centres across the area hold a number of fun, keep fit classes.

The Hemsworth Town Council Community Centre, Bullenshaw Road, offers zumba, technogym, kettlebells, boccia bowls, hip hop dance, fat burn and shape and an over 50s fitness class and the All Saints Community Centre runs keep fit, yoga and martial arts sessions.

There is also line dancing, exercise for the mature person, street dancing and karate at the Kinsley and Fitzwilliam Community Resource Centre, Wakefield Road, Fitzwilliam.

There will be a small charge for most of the classes run at community centres.

If none of this takes your fancy and you just have to join a gym, then visit one run by the local authority.

Wakefield Council offers a monthly membership scheme called Aspire.

Members can take advantage of unlimited access to swimming, fitness classes, sauna and steam room facilities and fitness suites at council sports and leisure centres, including Minsthorpe Pool, Featherstone Sports Complex and Thornes Park Stadium, Wakefield.

Prices start from £19 per month for an off-peak membership and £24 per month for peak membership.

The council also runs the Activate scheme, which is open to the disabled, students over 17 and to people on certain benefits. Card holders are entitled to a 20 per cent discount on a number of activities.

Visit www.wakefield.gov.uk for more information on, or to apply for, either scheme.