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NECS support for HowFit exercise programme launch

Thursday 9th September 2021

NECS support for HowFit exercise programme launch

NECS is supporting people in the North East and North Cumbria to improve their level of exercise by funding the rollout of a fitness programme across the area.

The NHS HowFit (Home Wellbeing and Fitness) programme encourages users of any ability, from chair based to fairly fit, to undertake a plan of simple exercises that can be carried out at home without the need for any special equipment.

The programme has been created by Dr Steve Parry, a consultant physician from the North East.

From early September, every household across the North East and North Cumbria will receive a HowFit instructional leaflet through their letterbox inviting them to get involved in a free home fitness plan which is suitable for all ages and levels of fitness.

Personal trainers and physiotherapists helped design the HowFit programme and it includes workouts with a range of exercises including:

  • Mobility
  • Strength
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Stability, balance and co-ordination.

Videos and animations on the HowFit website will guide people through the exercises with some simple demonstrations.

The programme will also be publicised via digital channels across the healthcare system and on Smooth Radio in the North East and CFM in Cumbria.

More information can be found on the HowFit website at

Stephen Childs, Managing Director at NECS said: “It’s really exciting that NECS is supporting the HowFit programme to the wider North East and North Cumbria region following its successful launch in Newcastle/Gateshead and North Tyneside last year.

“Lockdown made it very hard for people to leave the house and do some exercise and the great thing about HowFit is that it caters for everyone with some really simple activities you can do around the home.

“I’m proud that NECS is playing its part in giving everyone in the North East and North Cumbria the chance to exercise and improve their fitness.”

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