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New Year’s resolve for women’s forest fitness

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More than three quarters of women made New Year’s resolutions in 2010 and the top three were to enjoy life more, lose weight and to get fit and start exercising according to a nationwide survey.† In helping to fulfil these resolutions, the Forestry Commission is offering a range of women’s fitness classes at Alice Holt Forest.

At this newly designated area of the South Downs National Park, women of all ages and abilities can join classes for Nordic Walking, Buggycise postnatal exercise designed for mums and Bodyfit Bootcamp fitness sessions with a personal trainer.

Led by fully qualified instructors, there is a range of Nordic Walking sessions for all ages, abilities and fitness levels.† The first of four beginner and improver sessions will take place on Thursday mornings from 10am to 11.15am starting on 21 January and costs £6 per session, plus £1 pole hire.†

A second series starts at the end of February and runs throughout March, then early evening Nordic Walking sessions will be available from April.† Special courses can also be organised for staff, friends, club members or fund raising events.

Buggycise was first introduced at Alice Holt Forest last year and was a huge success.† Led by a specialist pre- and post-natal fitness trainer, it is great way for mums with a baby or toddler up to three years old to get back in shape without having to worry about childcare.† Sessions cost £6.50, run on Thursdays between 9.45 and 10.45am and start on 21 January.

Sessions of Bodyfit Bootcamp will be available from March.† They will take place on weekday and Saturday mornings and are ideal for mums who have just dropped their kids off at school.† It’s a fun, enjoyable group exercise session and individuals will also receive a personal exercise and nutrition plan.† For more information visit or call Mark on 07970 521848.

Charlotte Magowan, marketing manager for the Forestry Commission at Alice Holt Forest, said: “If your tired of being indoors during the winter months, a good burst of fresh air could be just what you need to refresh body and mind.† Our outdoor fitness options are a great way to keep those well-intentioned resolutions.† A great alternative to going to the gym, it’s about the whole adventure out in the forest, being surrounded by nature and feeling fabulous for the rest of the day.”

For further information please call the Forestry Commission at Alice Holt Forest on 01420 23666 or visit Advance booking is essential for all activities.† Alice Holt Forest is south of Farnham, Surrey, GU10 4LS, at Bucks Horn Oak, off the A325 near Birdworld.


The Forestry Commission
The Forestry Commission manages over 250,000 hectares (600,000 acres) of woodlands in England.† Most of this land is open for public access and the Commission is the largest provider of countryside recreation in the country. For further information visit

The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands.

2010 New Year's Resolution Survey
According to a nationwide study of 4,000 people by CitySocialising, more than three quarters of women made New Year’s resolutions in 2010 and the top three were to enjoy life more, lose weight and to get fit and start exercising.

Charlotte Magowan
Alice Holt Forest†
Marketing and Education Manager††
Forestry Commission††
01420 23666