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Get active this summer!

Published on Friday, July 15, 2016

STAFF from the city council’s sports services team will be getting out and about this summer to encourage people in Leicester to get more active.

From Thursday (21 July), the team will be taking their Boditrax machines to the Highcross shopping centre and encouraging shoppers to find out what they’re made of.

The hi-tech machines make more than 20 calculations in a simple 20-second scan, giving people a detailed assessment of their body composition – and providing them with the information they need before embarking on a more active lifestyle.

Sports staff will also be encouraging people to spring into action this summer by offering them six-weeks’ membership at council leisure centres for the price of four.

“Summer is a great time of year to make small changes to your lifestyle that will make a big difference to your health and wellbeing,” said deputy city mayor Cllr Rory Palmer, who’s responsible for health integration.

“Having your body composition analysed is a good place to start, as it will show you exactly where you are now – helping you to set yourself realistic targets and achieve your goals.

“By taking our Boditrax machines to Highcross, we hope to show people how easy it is to take that first step towards a more active lifestyle.”

The city council’s Boditrax machines will be in the lower mall at Highcross from 11am to 3pm on Thursday and Friday (21-22 July) and from 10am to 4pm on Saturday (23 July) as part of Leicestershire and Rutland Sport’s ‘Get Out, Get Activeevent, which runs from 20-26 July.

The ‘Shape up for Summer’ offer – which offers six weeks’ membership for the price of four and a free downloadable training programme – continues until 31 July. Gym-only packages start at just £15.

Shape up for Summer will be complemented by a programme of free activities taking place on Cossington and Spinney Hill parks from 16 July to 28 August.

The ‘Active Parks’ programme will offer free sports and leisure activities on the two parks, seven days a week, throughout the school holidays.  People need to register online at before enjoying activities including Bollywood dance, green gyms, yoga, cricket, table tennis and football.

Cllr Piara Singh Clair, assistant city mayor for culture, leisure and sport, said: “Leicester City Council’s leisure centres and parks provide all you need to get more active this summer.

“With free activities in our parks, and cut-price membership in our leisure centres, there’s never been a better time to try something new.”