Charity aims to help people get fit

Andrew Watts of Groundwork South Tyneside.
Andrew Watts of Groundwork South Tyneside.

A communities’ charity is aiming to help people in South Tynesiders get fit as it get set to support two days of global action.

Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle (STAN) will mark World Heart Day, on September 29, and UN International Day of Older Persons, on October 1, by promoting the work of its Green Gym – an initiative for better health through moderate outdoor exercise.

Sessions help people work out in their local green spaces through free activities such as tree planting, sowing meadows and establishing wildlife ponds

Andrew Watts, executive director of Groundwork STAN, said: “People don’t have to sign up to a gym to get healthy, and people of any age can take steps to improve their wellbeing.

“Groundwork’s Green Gym provides the perfect introduction to light physical activity for those who feel they should be doing that little bit extra to improve their health.”

Groundwork also runs a Community Gym, to help people of all ages and abilities to improve their heart health, at Marsden Road Health and Wellbeing Centre, which has free induction and costs £10 a month to use.

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