Get fit for free in Merriwa and Aberdeen

eCoFit was a hit when it ran over winter in Scone and Murrurundi – and now it’s coming to Merriwa and Aberdeen
eCoFit was a hit when it ran over winter in Scone and Murrurundi – and now it’s coming to Merriwa and Aberdeen

THE free eCoFit program is coming to Merriwa and Aberdeen for anyone aged 55 or older, who owns a smart phone and wants to be more physically active.

eCoFit is a group-based outdoor gym program with personal trainers run over 10 weeks, with support from the App to continue training outside of these sessions. 

No prior level of fitness is required.

Upper Hunter Shire Council is offering this fantastic opportunity and you do not have to live in these towns to participate. 

This free program was developed by the University of Newcastle and is made possible thanks to funding from NSW Department of Family and Community Services.

It has already been a great success in Murrurundi and Merriwa and one participant described it as a “relaxed, friendly atmosphere in the great outdoors”.

The eCoFit program will run in Aberdeen at Jefferson Park on Wednesday afternoons at 5.30pm, and at Merriwa Showground on Fridays at 10am.  

Participants need to agree to baseline testing (heart rate, waist, weight, walk test, arm curl test) at the start of the program and again at week 10 and week 20 (to find out if participants have continued exercising with no group sessions). 

Data contributes to research by the Newcastle University and is kept confidential.

Baseline testing will take place the week beginning September 4 with the training beginning on Wednesday, September 13, in Aberdeen, and Friday, September 15, in Merriwa. 

Places are limited so register by Tuesday, September 5, with council’s sports participation officer Nicky Western on 0414 806 074 or email nwestern@upperhunter.nsw.gov.au

You can also register online at www.upperhunter.nsw.gov.au under Our Services and Sport and Recreation http://upperhunter.nsw.gov.au/our-services/sport-recreation.aspx