COUNCIL staff are starting the new year on a high note after signing up for a new fitness class.
They are being encouraged to step out of their roles with Arun District Council and step up to the challenge of working out with instructor Sarah Sampson.
The new HIIT Rush course (HIIT stands for high intensity interval training) starts straight after the working day and is held at the Arun Civic Centre in Littlehampton, making it convenient for people to take exercise without having to make a special journey later. Bursts of activity are accompanied by music at 150 beats a minute.
The course is a partnership between Sarah’s business, Sampson Fitness, and the council’s wellbeing service, which aims to boost health among all people in the district.
It’s the second workout to be led by her for Arun staff, the other being a lunchtime pilates-style session, ‘Skinny Lattes’.
She said: “There are lots of benefits for the staff and the council. People are happier in their work, they have more energy and get to know each other better.
“A lot of businesses these days have workplace gyms because they realise that helping their staff to keep fit means they will have less time off sick and they go back to work feeling invigorated after their exercise. ”