Kesgrave gym launches campaign to boost youth fitnessOctober 24th, 2011
GRANGE FITNESS gym in Kesgrave has just launched its first student discount card and has handed out the first batch to grateful pupils at nearby Kesgrave High School.
The card entitles all those in full time education who are above the age of 16 to a 30% discount at the gym in the Grange Business Centre, Tommy Flowers Drive.
The idea to encourage young people to regularly take exercise came from gym owner, Matt Brennan, who is passionate about the benefits of physical exercise and healthy eating.
Matt said: “When I was young I had a bit of a weight problem which was totally related to my diet and lifestyle at the time. Since I became fit and started eating sensibly my life has been transformed. I have more energy and feel so much better.”
As a part-time sports masseur working with the first team at Ipswich Town Football Club, Matt knows all about keeping elite athletes at the top of their game, but he thinks everyone can benefit from adopting a healthier lifestyle.
He launched a series of Bootcamps several months ago for people of all ages who wanted to kick-start a fitness and weight loss campaign and has seen some impressive results. Now he hopes the student discount card will help produce the same results for young people living in and around Kesgrave.
His idea has certainly been welcomed by staff at Kesgrave High School. Cath Piddington, Head of the schools Sixth Form is delighted the cards were launched to her students.
She said: “Kesgrave High School is pleased to welcome Grange Fitness to the Sixth Form to give our students the opportunity to access the facilities and programmes available to promote health, fitness and well-being.
“We hope our students will derive great benefit from this event and the distribution of the discount cards for each student and, in doing so, help them to make informed choices as to how best to look after their own well-being.”
The new cards have also got the backing of Live Well Suffolk, the new healthy lifestyles service for everyone living in Suffolk, which was commissioned by NHS Suffolk to help people get active, lose weight and stop smoking.
Ali Clements, who is a weight management specialist for Live Well Suffolk said: “Exercise is an excellent way to reduce your stress levels. As soon as you start to challenge yourself your body releases endorphins which are the body’s natural way of boosting your mood.
“By taking time out for a workout, young people and adults will be better placed to face the challenges in front of them with a positive feel about themselves.”