A personal trainer is bringing a military fitness scheme to Hertfordshire which offers gym and outdoor training for all levels.

Be Military Fit (BMF) is an initiative launched by Bear Grylls and consists of park and gym training to get people in peak condition.

To mark National Fitness Day today (September 22), the British adventurer is urging the UK to put their health first and take steps to getting in the best shape of their life.

Be Military Fit has opened its doors offering free fitness sessions for everyone, to mark National Fitness Day. The classes are designed for all ages and levels of ability.

BMF has a gym in St Albans and Stuart Clark is the man behind bringing it to Hertfordshire.

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Mr Clark said: “Our health really is our wealth, and it's important to include regular exercise into your weekly routines. Truly, the hardest part is picking yourself up off of the sofa. We will do the rest.”

According to a recent report from the World Obesity Federation, hundreds of thousands of coronavirus deaths could have been avoided if obesity rates had not been so high.

Studies showed that the death rate from Covid was 10 times higher in countries where 50% or more of the population was overweight.

Throughout the pandemic, the UK has had one of the highest coronavirus death rates - and also the fourth-highest rate of obesity.

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Mr Grylls said: “That is obviously no coincidence so this is a wake-up call to the world that needs to be heeded.

“As another British summer draws to an end and our children head back to school after a challenging 18 months, let us come together and make health and fitness our number one priority this autumn.

“I don’t think there has ever been a better time to understand the importance of physical activity as “normal life” near enough resumes.”

Last year’s National Fitness Day saw a total of 19.1 million people working out and getting active across the UK.

Organisers hope to beat that figure this year with a range of activities planned across the country and Be Military Fit’s support.

Bear added: “Me and the whole fitness community at Be Military Fit are ready to welcome you to our open air venues across the country on Wednesday September 22nd - National Fitness Day itself - and throughout that whole week for completely free fitness sessions with a fantastic team of exercise professionals.”

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Find the nearest venue at www.bemilitaryfit.com