Fitness gets promotion push

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The benefits of keeping fit are being promoted by NHS Borders, Scottish Borders Council, Borders Sport and Leisure Trust and FitBorders this week.

Allyson McCollam, NHS Borders and Scottish Borders Council joint head of health improvement, said: “We know that regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health.

“It can reduce the risks of developing a number of health conditions including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and it can also improve your mental health and mood.

“This week is a great opportunity for people to find out about the health benefits of physical activity, and the opportunities that are available across the Borders for people to become more active.

“Whether it’s walking or exercise classes in your local community centre or gym you can find out more at the Borders General Hospital this week”.

A ballot held in Coldstream during the summer showed strong support for a community gym in the town and the community centre trust is currently looking into starting it up as a not-for-profit project.

They are negotiating with SBC about securing premises for the gym at a rent that would make the venture possible and two buildings have been looked at - the Rodger Hall and Unit 9 Coldstream Workshops, Home Place, in Coldstream. However, rental costs are proving difficult and at their last meeting the trust agreed that the help of local councillors and the community council would be requested, to lobby Scottish Borders Council and try and get premises at a rent that will make a community gym viable.