Today (Friday 28 September) from 12 midday, thousands of people across the UK took part in National Fitness Day.

Free events at sports clubs, gyms, schools and council-run events were put on to encourage the national to get serious about fitness.

Supported by the Fitness Industry Association (FIA) and only in its second year, National Fitness Day has already attracted thousands of individuals and organisers to set up free events.

In London, a Fit4less by énergie gym in Tower Hill took teams of instructors to the streets to stage ‘hot spot’ fitness classes where members of the public were invited to join in and take part in mini exercise classes. Instructor Dimitra Moscha said "Whether you walk at a faster pace, take the stairs instead of escalators or take part in a running event, we all have a responsibility to ourselves and others to engage in fitness. National Fitness Day is a great time to kick-start your fitness routine."

National Fitness Day worked in partnership with the Teenage Cancer Trust, a charity devoted to improving the lives of young people with cancer, where people were encouraged to donate amounts at the free events on offer.