‘Rise and Shine’ for health

Some of the 'Rise and Shine' group taking part in an early morning work out.
Some of the 'Rise and Shine' group taking part in an early morning work out.

While her three children sleep, Dawn Butler, rises at 6am and makes her way to the gym at the top of the old Rosemount Shirt Factory.

Dawn, from Osborne Street, is only a few weeks into the Ballymagroarty and Hazelbank Community Partnership (BHCP), ‘Rise and Shine’ Morning Bootcamp initiative.

“It’s brilliant. We train from 6.30am to 7.20am so when I get back to the house I am able to get the kids ready for school and then head out the door to work as well,” said the local creche worker.

The ‘Rise and Shine’ initiative is designed for parents who want to get fit but struggle to find the time.

“We have participants of all sexes, ages and abilities and the coaches are extremely supportive and encouraging,” said BHCP Health Development Worker, Roxanne Nixon.

“Everyone is welcome and works to their own ability. The comments from the coaches on the difference seen from week one to week six in participants’ level of fitness and confidence is amazing.

“The amount of weight lost by some of the participants has been amazing. I think the fact it only costs £20 every four weeks attracts a lot of people.”

The Rise and Shine Morning Bootcamp runs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6.30am and at 9.45am.

Upwards of 70 people are currently taking part with some people travelling as far away as Claudy to shed the pounds.

Roxanne went on to explain the health benefits of the initiative.

“If there’s one thing we are passionate about at BHCP it is helping people to become more fit and healthy.

“Whether it’s Cook It classes or something like the Rise and Shine Morning Bootcamps we want people to enjoy getting fit and healthy as much as possible.

“The Rise and Shine Morning Bootcamps are open to everyone so if anyone would like to take part all they have to do is get in contact with us on 028 7127 1977.