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HealtH & fitness


Half of Brits unhappy with work life balance


Nearly half of adults aged 16 and over are currently unhappy with their work life bal- ance, according to the latest findings from the Office for National Statistics’ Measuring National Wellbeing programme. Tose that use leisure time to engage in


physical activities appear to be happier than those who prefer sedentary pursuits – such as watching TV or playing video games. Te latest figures show that in 2010-11,


54.1 per cent of adults in England had par- ticipated in some type of physical activity. Details: http://lei.sr?a=p9h7s


Higher earners ‘exercise more’


Research by Nuffield Health has found that, on average, higher earners work out at gyms three times more than those on lower incomes. Te group surveyed 1,600


people as part of its study, which shows those earning less than £20,000 work out for around one hour. Tose who earn £101,000 or more exercise for three hours. According to the findings


of the report, earners between £21,000-30,000 workout for 1.5 hours; £31,000-50,000 workout for 2.1 hours; and £71,000-100,000 exercise for 2.6 hours. However, the figures show a dip in the


Nuffield’s study found those earning £101,000+ exercise for three hours


number of hours of exercise in a gym for indi- viduals earning between £51,000-70,000 to 1.8 hours on average, bucking the overall trend. Nuffield Health head of physiology Chris Jones said: “Evidence tells us that keeping fit


S&P Architects worked on the new venue’s design


Work starts on new £31m Redcar leisure complex


Olympic swimmer Chris Cook has helped mark the official start of construction work on a new £31m leisure, business support and community facility in Redcar. Willmott Dixon has been appointed to


build the complex, which has been designed by leisure specialists S&P Architects in col- laboration with Plus Tree Architecture. A fitness suite and a junior gym will be


among the facilities at the venue, along with a 25m, six-lane swimming pool, a training pool, a learning pool and a sports hall. Details: http://lei.sr?a=R0l8J


£5m youth centre officially launches in Nottingham


A new youth centre has been unveiled in Nottingham following a £5m investment in the renovation and transformation of a Grade II-listed building in the city centre. Base 51 is behind the NGY myplace proj-


ect in conjunction with a number of other partners, which include Nottingham City Council and NHS Nottingham. Facilities at the centre include a fitness


suite; dance and recording studios; and a café. Services include health and wellbeing support and fitness sessions. Details: http://lei.sr?a=P5q7w


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and healthy can benefit your performance at work, which may in turn impress the boss. “By doing regular exercise you help man-


age work-related pressures and help put in a better performance by better preparing your body for times of stress.” Details: http://lei.sr?a=B0w0N


TruGym opens fourth location in Bromley


Independently-owned budget chain truGym has launched its fourth health and fitness club in Bromley, Kent. The 1,300sq m (14,000sq


ft) club, which opened last month (March), joins sites in Maidstone, Peterborough and Plymouth in the portfolio. Te equipment at each of


the chain’s facilities has been supplied by Evolution Fitness. All truGyms are open from 6am-10pm and are manned during opening hours. Monthly memberships


Te new Bromley club becomes the fourth facility in truGym’s portfolio


start at £9.99, which includes a range of classes such as Body Pump. Yoga and Zumba are available at an extra cost. According to Parm Singh, director and


owner of truGym, the company is looking to expand aggressively and will also look to add


franchising services. “So far all clubs have been company-owned, but we are looking to open our first franchised club later this year,” Singh told Health Club Management. Details: http://lei.sr?a=A6L4H


£400k renovation for Cardiff leisure centre


Plans for a £400,000 refurbishment of Cardiff’s Fairwater Leisure Centre have been approved by the local authority, with work scheduled to begin on 20 April. Te project will see the existing lounge bar and activity area transformed into a large


Read Leisure Opportunities online: www.leisureopportunities.co.uk/digital


fitness suite with around 50 Life Fitness sta- tions and a dance studio. Cardiff Council said the project will provide


the centre with facilities comparable to those on offer at Western Leisure Centre. Details: http://lei.sr?a=t7X6b


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