On your bike to getting fit

MEN are being urged to fight the festive flab by taking up spinning.

Spinning involves using static exercise bikes for an aerobic work-out.

Originally developed by racing cyclists for their out of season training, spinning is now growing in popularity across the country.

Hartlepool Borough Council’s sport and physical activity team is running a number of six-week introductory courses as part of the authority’s Men’s Begin 2 initiative, which aims to encourage more men to get involved in sport and fitness.

The spinning courses, which are aimed at over 16-year-olds, cost a total of £15 and the first one starts on Tuesday, January 24.

Rachael Pringle, the council’s sport and physical activity officer, said: “Spinning gives you a really good work-out and in particular tones the legs and core muscles including the stomach.

“The resistance on the bikes can be set to different levels, so each person can work at their own pace.

“It’s an excellent way to become fitter.”

For more information or to book a place, call (01429) 284414 or email sport.recreation@hartlepool.gov.uk