Gone are the days when the local leisure centre consisted of a swimming pool, the odd aerobics session and a vending machine!
Continuing to provide outlets for local residents to enjoy a variety of leisure pursuits to improve health and fitness and quality of life, facilities are now springing up across the length and breadth of the country offering an abundance of other services from the traditional exercise class to the less traditional.
Leisure centres are now regularly providing services such as cardiac rehabilitation programmes, GP referrals, antenatal classes, physiotherapy and alternative therapy treatments. Fitness staff can also design an individual programme according to your fitness level and the equipment or activities that you enjoy the most.
Most local authority facilities can be used on a casual basis for those who prefer the pay as you go option and many offer corporate membership deals for businesses looking to offer healthy perks for its workforce.
Some also have crèches where children can be supervised by fully qualified adults while parents and guardians make full use of the facilities and services on offer.
And for those not wanting to be confined to the inner sanctums of a leisure centre, the building itself can provide a useful meeting point for walking or jogging groups.
With a burgeoning list of physical activity opportunities at your fingertips, leisure centres are quickly becoming the one-stop-shop for those striving to attain that all-round healthier lifestyle.
Some activities which may be available include:
- Over 50's class;
- Swimming and Aqua Aerobics;
- Tennis / Short tennis;
- T'ai Chi and other martial arts;
- Dancing (belly/salsa/ballroom/hip hop);
- Circuit Training;