Cornwall’s twelve leisure centres will be marking National Fitness Day on Wednesday 26 September by offering free sessions. Depending on the location, activities will include free fitness classes, gym sessions and swimming.

Founded in 2011, the annual National Fitness Day event aims to promote a healthy lifestyle by encouraging all those who don’t exercise regularly to have a go at doing something active for themselves.

As the country’s largest charitable leisure social enterprise, GLL, which runs the leisure centres on behalf of Cornwall Council, is an enthusiastic supporter of the initiative.

“Physical activity is good for the mind as well as the body,” said GLL’s Cornwall Partnership Fitness Manager Chris Perry. “It doesn’t matter what level you’re at or what you choose to do – it’s taking part and having fun that counts.

“Anyone can join in the free classes so it’s a golden opportunity to give getting fit a try. There’s a lot to be said for it, not least from a social point of view. Many of us lead lives that revolve around work and family so going to a leisure centre is a chance to get out of the office or home and meet new people.”

The leisure centres taking part are Launceston, Bude Splash Leisure Pool, Saltash, Liskeard, Bodmin, St Austell, Wadebridge, Newquay Sports Centre, Waterworld in Newquay, St Ives, Ships & Castles in Falmouth and Helston.