10:35AM, Monday 19 January 2015
Active residents from across the Royal Borough have been pulling on their sports gear this week as they get Fit For Life.
From Zumba to spinning to fencing, more than 100 sporting sessions up have been opened up to borough residents to try out for free.
Among them was Nordic walking - a full-body exercise involving walking poles - led by Michelle Leder at Braywick Nature Centre in Maidenhead on Saturday.
Michelle said: "I think everybody enjoyed it and I got some good feedback. I have got a couple of people that are enrolling for the beginner's class."
The aim of the Fit For Life initiative is to highlight the benefits of exercising on a regular basis.
Michelle added: "One of the ladies that came to me this morning, she was going to try an afternoon session of fencing. It is great because it gives people the opportunity to try different sports without a commitment."
Fitness coach Luke McCarthy has been running cycle technique sessions across Windsor and Maidenhead.
He said: "The feedback I had from a cycling technique session I ran yesterday was very positive, with one participant saying she had picked up some useful tips which would help her to cycle to work more regularly."
In addition to the free activities which have been run at private studios and leisure centres across the borough, free NHS health checks are also available for people aged 40-74 without a pre-existing condition.
The borough was one of 36 local authorities, charities and other organisations to receive a share of £5.9m from Sport England's Community Sport Activation Fund to support grassroots sports activity across England.
The total cost of the project in the borough is £233,000, including £146,888 from Sport England, to encourage more physical activity over a three-year period.
Visit getactiverbwm.org for details.
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