With staff sickness absences costing the economy around £15bn annually, the 8 September saw the official launch of the Fit For Work scheme. The government-led programme is designed to provide employers with support when it comes to employee illness and sick pay.Fitness is a huge industry at present, which was demonstrated with wearable activity firm Fitbit boasting a 253 per cent sales growth in August, while private equity firm Livingbridge sold its stake in sports apparel firm inov-8 that same month after the business grew twofold. With these developments and more, the 9 September marks National Fitness Day – “the most active day of the year” – which was created by health body ukactive. The organisation has found that 51 per cent of British adults believe its more important to live a healthy lifestyle than they did a year ago, suggesting the industry is only set to continue growing further still. The day of activity itself has seen more than 2,000 health clubs across the country deliver more than 10,000 classes, including boot camps, spinning and more, for members and non-members alike. Additionally, some 780 primary schools have also taken part with special events to combat childhood obesity.
Meanwhile, the likes of Fitness First and LA Fitness opened their doors to provide free sessions, with ex-footballer Stan Collymore getting involved with the promotions. By Zen Terrelonge
Marathoning counts, right? #NationalFitnessDay— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) September 9, 2015
Hey @MayorofLondon how about you stop your PR stunt horseshit and do something for housing in London? Helping your posh friends must stop.— Pierre K. (@PeKirry) September 9, 2015
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