Did You Know?
Full-body workouts don’t have to be a chore
Burn fat and calories, and improve your co-ordination with Zumba: it’s a fun, social dance party – with exercise being the biggest perk!
Cardio doesn’t always mean going to the gym
Swimming benefits your body by giving you a great cardiovascular workout. If you’re not the gym type get your daily dose of cardiovascular activity in the pool and lower the risks of heart problems, type 2 diabetes and strokes.
Swimming soothes aches and pains
When you swim, around 90% of your body weight is supported by the water. The relative weightless helps to overcome painful movements in joints that are affected by arthritis.
Swimming can make you look younger
In a beauty-obsessed world, swimming can be one natural way to stay looking younger. Swimming has been found to help increase body muscle mass, lower blood pressure and improve blood flow to the brain. All this helps slow down the aging process!
You still burn calories AFTER your workout
Exercising in the morning increases your metabolism throughout the day? In fact, you can burn an extra 190 calories in the 14 hours after exercise compared to those who don’t exercise at all!
Swimming can make your baby more intelligent
Spending time in the pool helps babies become more self-confident and intelligent (yes, really!). Being in the water engages your baby’s body in a unique way, creating billions of new neurons as your sweetie kicks, glides, and smacks at the water.
Swimming burns more calories than walking or running
A gentle swim can burn over 200 calories in just half an hour, more than double that of walking. And a faster swim would see that chocolate bar gone quicker than if you went running or cycling!
We love the Bulgarian Bag
You can run with it, squat with it, lift it, swing it or throw it! It’s an all-round body workout that can be used at any age or ability due to the varied weight options. It can be used to target specific areas and improve your grip, strength and mobility.
Sitting still is as dangerous as smoking
Physical inactivity is the fourth largest cause of disease and disability in the UK and directly contributes to one in six deaths - the same as smoking. Joining an Active Luton gym, class or exercise group could save your life!
Physical inactivity costs over £76 a year
Physical inactivity is estimated to cost the UK £7.4 billion / year. In Luton alone the direct cost of people not exercising is estimated at around £2.4million.
Just 2 ½ hours a week can keep you healthy
Over a week, we should try to do at least 2 ½ hours of moderate exercise. This could be in bouts of 10 minutes, or 30 minutes on five days a week. If you work harder, the same benefits are gained from 75 minutes of more intense activity or a combination of both.
Active Luton can help with your wedding
Our Stockwood Park Golf Centre has both the Stockwood Suite and a fabulous outdoor marquee which are perfect for weddings. The marquee can cater for 200 and is licensed until 2am.
Active Luton is about education too
Our Active Education team helps schools and the wider community improve young people’s lives through physical education, outdoor learning, volunteering and apprenticeship programmes.
Active Luton gets young people in jobs
Our apprenticeship programmes are helping young people in Luton build careers. Ninety per cent gain full-time employment or go on to advanced apprenticeships. Our programmes range from leisure operations, activity leadership, hospitality and fitness instructors to teaching assistants and facility services.
You can ‘Pay As You Go’ to get active
Active Luton’s flexible payment options include Pay As You Go. There’s no need to commit to a monthly membership if you don’t want to. You can ‘Pay As You Go’ for all of our activities and get discount with our Go4Less card.
Our First Aid courses save lives
Our Active Training and Development team run First Aid and resuscitation course for employers across Luton and for people working with or caring for children. Our qualifications are nationally recognised and really do save lives.
Toddlers need exercise too
Physical activity should be encouraged from birth – in the first instance through floor-based and water-based activities in safe environments. All under 5s should minimise the amount of time they spend sitting still for long periods of time – except when they’re asleep!
Starting young creates an exercise habit for life
Children and young people should be active for at least an hour a day. At least three times a week, they should be encouraged to undertake fun physical activities. Whether it’s riding a bike or playing in a playground, any sport which gets their blood pumping!