We've taken the decision to close all of our leisure centres, swimming pools, community centres, Turkish Baths, our two museums, the Mercer art gallery and tourist information centres.
This is with effect from end of business tonight (Friday 20 March) and these buildings will remain closed until further notice. The decision is in line with updated government guidance and reflects the need for us to do what we can to encourage greater social isolation in light of the spread of the coronavirus. If you are affected by these closures, there is no need for you to get in touch. If you are a member of our venues, having swimming or diving lessons or other regular activities, your membership will be suspended and you will not be charged for April or May. If you have existing bookings, you'll be contacted over the coming days.
Fit4Life is a 12 week weight management programme which aims to promote healthy eating and physical activity to achieve healthy weight loss. We will support and motivate participants to change their lifestyle to improve their health.
The programmes are run by qualified health and exercise experts to ensure the course can be tailored to you.
We use a variety of techniques to teach you about food choices change your current behaviour and develop a healthy relationship with food whilst introducing you to exercises to help in the weight loss journey.
Where does it take place?
Fit4Life is run throughout the Harrogate district with a variety of classes in Harrogate, Ripon, Knaresborough, Boroughbridge and Nidderdale available both during the day and on an evening to ensure they best fit your needs held within community based venues. We also offer access to our gyms and pools as part of our programme, because we know that flexibility is essential for some participants and can really help you stay on track.
Monday 1pm until 2.30pm at Fairfax Community Centre
Monday 7.30pm until 9pm at Ripon Cathedral Hall
Tuesday 9.45am until 11am at Harrogate Road Methodist Church, Ripon
Tuesday 1pm until 2.30pm at Boroughbridge Methodist Church Hall
Wednesday 1.30pm until 3pm at St Andrews Church Hall
Thursday 10.30am until 12 noon at Nidderdale Pool and Leisure Centre
Thursday 12.30pm until 2pm at Stockwell Road Surgery, Knaresborough
Friday 10.30am until 12 noon at Gracious Street Methodist Church (Knaresborough)
Who is the programme for?
To join the programme you must fit the following criteria:
- aged 18+
- Body Mass Index (BMI) over 25kg/m2
- commitment for the 12 week programme
- willing to commit to losing 5% of body weight
- no uncontrolled comorbidities
Please consult your GP for a medical referral if applicable
How much does it cost?
The course is free of charge thanks to funding from North Yorkshire County Council for the 12 week period for those who meet the eligibility criteria with a maintenance programme offered free of charge for a further 12 weeks for those who successfully lose 5% of their body weight. We do offer an exercise programme called 'Fitter4Life' for those who fail to achieve 5% weight loss after the programme for £4 per week.
What is the structure of the course?
- to start the programme you need to book an initial induction via the booking line 01942 404799. You will then have an initial 1-to-1 induction in private with your instructor, which will be held either at your preferred class venue or at our main health hub, Fairfax Community Centre. During the induction you will set some goals, have measurements taken and be entered onto the system. You will also be required to fill out a health and lifestyle form with any current medication
- you will attend the same class each week for 12 consecutive weeks where you will be weighed, partake in physical activity which has been tailored to you and engage in a weight management specific nutrition talk to help with behaviour change. By enrolling onto the programme you are committing to attending the full programme
- the programme runs on a rolling 12 week process with a different nutritional topic addressed each week, this means you may not start on 'week one' but will still receive the full 12 weeks but maybe in a slightly different order. Use this time to learn the facts behind the food you eat to learn how to make better choices
- to get the best experience from the programme ask as many questions to your instructor as needed, wear comfortable clothes and sensible shoes (trainers if possible), bring a bottle of water and come with an open mind to try new exercise
- the classes are formatted in a 'circuits' based exercise style as these are easily adaptable to each individual. There may be some things you think you can't do, but your instructor will help you find a way of making the exercise more suitable
Further information and book onto course:
To book onto the programme please call our central booking line on 01942 404799 or ask your GP to refer you via the referral point.
For questions about the programme please contact the team via [email protected] or on 01423 500600 x58206.
Here are what other people have said about the programme:
"I was referred to the Fit 4 Life programme by my GP and although it was explained to me that it would not be, I took it to mind that it would be another calorie counting weight loss club, which I never had success with before. Week 3 I overheard other people's weight loss amounts which made me feel bad as I had not tried to lose any and decided to be a bit healthier in my choice of meals for the coming week. Week 4 was a real eye opener and this got me motivated. Week 4 I lost 4 lbs and going through the Fat section of the programme I got to see physically how much that 4 lbs looked like and could feel its physical weight. My interest was peaked and I have been healthy eating since.
The Fit 4 Life team have been very supportive and constantly stress how healthy eating and making healthy choices for yourself is the best way forward for life long health and fitness. They arm you with all the knowledge you need to continue after the course finishes and for me it has been life changing. I exercise more and make informed choices when it comes to meals for myself and my family which can be used in all situations, whether its weekly food shopping, to eating out, to ordering a takeaway, to meeting friends for a coffee. It comes naturally and is totally stress free.
Thank you Fit 4 Life." - Total Weight Loss = 1 stone 7 lbs, 5 inches from waist and 7.5 inches from hips!
"Over the last 12 weeks I have really enjoyed the fit for life sessions, the exercises have been varied and this helps to keep me more engaged as we're not doing the same things over and over as I would be in a gym. This has helped to keep me focused and I've enjoyed doing the exercises. The weekly challenges from drinking more water, to doing calf raises whilst the kettle boils, have really helped to keep me focused through the week. My eating habits have changed and I love that Holly has not preached about calorie counting and has actively encouraged me to have a little bit of what I fancy every now and again, this in itself has helped me to make an actual change to the way I eat, rather than starving myself for 12 weeks and then going back to old habits. I have made a positive change to my food, I am conscious of things such as low fat often been full of sugar, I have tried (and like) alternative snacks such as Nakd bars and soya yoghurt, things I never thought I would do! Although my weight loss was not massive, I believe that I have made the change for good, and the weight will continue to go down at a slow and steady pace, which is perfect and something I feel I can sustain. I was most surprised by the loss of 4cm around my waist, I didn't actually believe the weight I had lost had made that much difference but it has made a huge difference and this has made me even more determined to continue on my journey and succeed. Thank you for helping me make this change." - Lost 1.5 inches around waist!
"I was referred on to the Fit4Life course by my GP due to being overweight (18 stone 4 lbs, BMI 33.2, waist 45 inches, hips 46 inches), having a high liver function result and suffering from anxiety and depression. Due to my mental health issues, it was initially daunting starting on the course but the instructors were great as were the other participants who helped me settle straight in to it. The exercises were at a good pace and you generally got out of it what you put in as there was a mix of abilities in the class. Some of the core exercises I learned on the class I begin to carry on at home which helped me progress quickly. The nutrition information was very informative and really helped me restructure my eating habits. With the holistic approach of increased exercise and improved nutrition the weight (or more precisely the fat) began to fall off and I finished the 12 week course at a weight of 16 stone 6lbs (BMI 28.5, waist 41inches, hips 42inches), a total loss of 1 stone and 12lbs in 12 weeks. The physical impact is noticeable but the impact on my mental health has also been significant and I'm now much more active and getting out to gym classes, swimming, running and even yoga, something which I didn't think possible a year ago. I'm now down to 16 stone and am about to begin 2 months training for a charity boxing match in aid of Cancer Research at Christmas and am also investigating the potential of working in the health and fitness industry. I would highly recommend the course to anyone, it's well thought out, very inclusive and from my perspective set me on a journey I hope to continue."
Page last updated 23/03/2020