Make 2013 the year to get into shape and get fit

Brand new dance classes at the Hemsworth Community Centre, taught by Mark Simpson, who danced on round-the-world cruises. (H513C235)
Brand new dance classes at the Hemsworth Community Centre, taught by Mark Simpson, who danced on round-the-world cruises. (H513C235)

IF your New Year’s resolution is to get fit or lose a few pounds, then there are plenty of opportunities to help you achieve your goal.

Hemsworth Community Centre, on Bullenshaw Road, offers technogym classes, zumba, slimming world, weight watchers and karate.

There is also karate, line dancing, ballet and street dance and a keep fit class at Kinsley and Fitzwilliam Community Resource Centre, Wakefield Road.

Personal trainer Colin Dobson, who runs sessions at Hemsworth Community Centre, said that it can be a struggle to fit exercise into the daily routine but there are mental as well as physical benefits.

He said: “Just 30 minutes exercise each day can make a huge improvement to your weight, health and wellbeing.”

If football is your sport then club together with your friends and enter a team into one of the leagues at Hemsworth Sports and Fitness Centre, at Hemsworth Arts and Community College.

The centre also offers zumba classes, boxercise, bootcamp and ladies keep fit classes.

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

If you feel that a monthly subscription at the gym is the way forward, 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 £23 per month for an off-peak membership and £29.99 per month for peak membership.

The council also runs the Activate card 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 either scheme.