Get fighting fit

Exercise class run by Minsthorpe Community College for a feature about getting fit for summer
Exercise class run by Minsthorpe Community College for a feature about getting fit for summer

WITH the sun shining and the birds singing, it can mean only one thing - that summer is well and truly on its way.

But if that leaves you dreading baring the flesh in shorts and vests – especially after the Bank Holiday weekend of overindulgence – then what a better way to kick start your summer fitness regime to get you in shape.

And looking better is not the only benefit as figures show that less than a third of adults in the Wakefield District have a healthy body mass index (BMI) – which is calculated based on height and weight.

Minsthorpe Community High School have a fully fitted gym suite with a number of classes to really burn those calories.

There is a great choice too, which makes getting fit much more fun. Choose from spinning, aerobics, or to get rid of some extra tension, try the fast-punching boxercise class.

Membership starts from £15 and classes cost £5.

They are also holding a family day on Saturday, July 9 to get kids active with their families.

For more information, contact the fitness centre, on 01977 644668.

But if the great outdoors are more your thing, then maybe the area’s variety of walks are the way to get you on the road to being healthy.

There is a free weekly walk held on Mondays in Hemsworth that lasts around an hour. It starts at 10am from the Highfield Centre, off Highfield Road.

Another is held on Thursdays in Kinsley, which starts at 10am from the Kinsley & Fitzwilliam Community Centre, Wakefield Road.

The walks are co-ordinated by NHS Wakefield. For more information, contact the Walking & Cycling for Health Project on 01924 315774/5.

There is also a free Wellpoint based at Kinsley Resource Centre where locals can check their BMI, check blood pressure, and tips on eating healthily.

Dr Andrew Furber, NHS Wakefield District’s director of public health, said: “This time of year is a fantastic time to make small changes to your lives that will make a huge difference to how you feel.

“Go for a walk, replace that biscuit with a piece of fruit or decide to have one meat-free day a week. These are changes anyone can make. Over time you’ll notice the difference as you feel more energetic.

“Understanding what makes up a healthy diet is key too, this will help you make informed decisions about what you and your family eat.”