CHESTER leisure centre Northgate Arena is pioneering a national scheme to help people with health problems gain easier access to gyms.
Currently anyone with a medical condition, disability or concerns about their health may be turned away or asked to supply a doctor’s note before being allowed a gym membership.
Backed by the Fitness Industry Association, the arena is introducing a new initiative that cuts down on red tape.
Steve Edwards, the arena’s health and fitness officer, said: “When people have concerns about their health but are trying to do something about it by joining a gym it seems silly to put obstacles in their way.
“Instead of having to gain medical certificates, and the costs associated with them, people can now make a Health Commitment Statement.
“It allows people to take responsibility for their own health and brings gyms in line with virtually all other sports and active leisure pursuits.”
Part of the Government’s bid to improve the nation’s health, the scheme will be rolled out to sister sites at the Epic Leisure Centre in Ellesmere Port and sports centres in Christleton and Malpas.