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Malvern residents urged to kickstart their new year fitness and wellbeing plans with council courses

Tristan Harris 9th Jan, 2022 Updated: 9th Jan, 2022

RESIDENTS in Malvern Hills district can kickstart their new year with fitness and wellbeing programmes.

Run Further and Couch to 5k courses start on Tuesday, January 11, with Healthy Habits beginning on Wednesday, January 12.

The courses are being run by Malvern Hills Distict Council.

Couch to 5k helps complete beginners work their way up to be able to run for 40 minutes. Classes take place at Malvern Vale Community Centre, and from Malvern Hills District Council Offices from January 13. It costs £30 for the 12-week programme.

Run Further is a virtual 10-week programme aimed at people who can already run for 40 minutes and wants to build up to run 10km. The course costs £20 and will take place via Zoom.

Healthy Habits costs £20 for 10 weeks or £2 on a ‘pay as you go’ basis. The new 10-week programme takes place at The Octagon Malvern, and consists of weekly talks including: sleep, stress, how to relax, hormones, healthy eating, mindset and a range of exercise classes to try such as resistance bands, weights, yoga and Pilates.

All programmes will be fully supported by MHDC’s Physical Activity and Wellbeing Officer, Rachel Nicholls, who will provide support and advice throughout the sessions.

Coun Tom Wells, Portfolio Holder for Community Services at Malvern Hills District Council, said: “It’s really important to look after our mental and physical wellbeing, and January is always a good time to make a start.

“These programmes cover all aspects of wellbeing from talks on how to relax to exercise classes which can be tailored to individual fitness levels.

“We hope residents enjoy what’s on offer in the New Year.”

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