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Teenager at Fitness First
School holidays and teenagers seem to sag. They hit a bean bag and hit it hard. There are sleepovers where they stay up all night and eat pizza and play mind and body numbing games.
By day, well at least after midday, they frequent shopping centres, eat more junk food and generally slob around.
Then the vicious cycle starts again. More junk food, more slobbing.
You wonder what has happened to that dynamo you frantically drive around all term -- Saturday sport, weeknight training, and match after endless match of basketball, football or whatever.
Sure the holidays are here, and it is okay to slack off sometimes, but one wonders whether these holiday meltdowns don't teach our teenagers some bad habits. What happens when they grow out of team sports, when study takes over their lives and they have no time for organised sport?
Which is why regular exercise is still a great idea even during the holidays as it is a well known fact that teens that exercise regularly tend to stay active throughout the rest of their lives.
Regular exercise even outside team sport is a great idea during the holidays
Which is why Fitness First'sfree gym program for teens aged 14-18, during each and every school holidays is a great initiative.
The program has the apt acronym FFIT (Fitness First Initiative for Teens). First step is that teenagers need to book in for an induction session to learn how to safely use the equipment and to find out about the group exercises classes. After that they get a free Membership Card.
The induction session is a one time only event and after that they can rock up during any of their school holidays.
All they need is is to wear comfortable shoes and gym appropriate clothes, and who doesn't like getting dressed up for the gym. Looking good and you are half way there
And of course its a pretty cool place to be. Teenagers don't even miss out on their screens because these are in front of the bikes, they get to listen to their own music while they exercise, and then they can sit and natter with some of their friends in the sauna or perhaps do some laps of the pool.
Or they might join in some of the fitness classes such as yoga, pilates, body pump or cycling. It's all pretty cool.
All this while they are still in reach of their music and hopefully getting to hang out with some of their like-minded friends. Teenage perfect.
To become a FFIT Holidays participant you need to bring in a pre-exercise form that is signed by your parent or guardian. You can collect a form from your local club reception or you can download it.
FFIT Opening Times are usually during the day between 10:30am-3pm but check with your local Fitness First gym.
For your closest Fitness First gym put in your postcode here.