Spin your way to fitness

MEN who have overindulged this Christmas have the chance to explore the benefits of “spinning” at new training programmes.

Spinning involves using special static exercise bikes for an aerobic workout.

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

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

The spinning courses - which are aimed at those aged 16 and over - 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: “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