Hit the reset button

Try something new

Hit the reset button and try something new!

For many, September is the time to hit the reset button – back to work, back to school and back to daily routines after the summer holidays. As we all move forward into the autumn and winter ahead, why not refresh your fitness routine and try something new? You’ll be having fun and boosting your immunity as well as your mental wellbeing all winter long.

Dr. Laurie Santos, Professor of Psychology at Yale University, turns to the subject of ‘fun’ in the new season of her enormously popular podcast The Happiness Lab. In a recent interview she notes, “What we know from fun, is that fun can be so important for our wellbeing. Fun and playfulness can boost your immune function – playfulness can boost your mood; it can protect your mental health. And, it can lead to less burnout over time. It’s one of the easiest interventions we have for building up our mental health – we just don’t realize how powerful fun really is.”

So, let’s have some fun! Doctor’s orders! Here’s a list of some of the most popular activities we have to offer across our Places Leisure sites. Activities vary per location, so be sure to check your local centre’s website for a full list and opening times. Find your local centre.

Who didn’t enjoy watching Emma Raducanu win at the US Open? Do you know how to play? Why don’t you pick up a racket and give it a go! Don’t like tennis? Many of our centres offer squash courts and/or badminton.

Do you know how to swim? Whether you’re an adult, a child, or simply young at heart – learning to swim isn’t just a life skill, it’s a rite of passage to a new lease on life. Learning to swim brings freedom, fun and endless opportunities to create lifelong memories in and around water. We have options for all ages.

Have you tried a studio class? They're social, super fun and, a great workout! Options range from low impact yoga classes to the more intense BODYPUMP™, BODYCOMBAT™ and Group Cycling. You’ll be guided through every step with our highly motivating, fantastic instructors. Book a class with a friend or make new friends at our classes each week.

How about the gym? Our gyms contain a range of equipment versatile enough to accommodate all abilities and ambitions. Using the gym will put you on the right path to building muscle and toning up, strengthening your core, increasing stamina, and improving your cardiovascular fitness and wellbeing. Whatever your goals, our instructors and personal trainers are ready to help.

So, what are you waiting for? Hit the reset button learn something new this autumn. You’ll be having fun, while giving your body as well as your brain a boost that will reap benefits all winter long.


Mother and child wearing swimming caps in a pool
Man taking part in a Les Mills class