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Keeping active - #Livewell - Case Study - Boot Camps

Published on Tuesday, 19th June 2018

Keeping active is vital for our physical and mental wellbeing. You can see all the Livewell activities and events available in the Maldon District at

If you take a walk through one of the many District parks during early mornings, late afternoons or perhaps on a weekend you’ll often spot a group of people of all ages and sizes attempting press-ups, sprints and squats at an outdoor boot camp class. In recent years boot camps have seen a large increase in participation around the UK and the Maldon District is very much following this trend. Getting fit in the great outdoors is a sociable and fun way to exercise and for some people an hour in the fresh air easily beats pounding a treadmill in a gym.

Army-style outdoor training is bound to sound intimidating at first but persevere and soon you’ll be dipping and lunging like a pro. Your instructor will assess your current level of fitness and help you progress on a weekly basis, the motivation and support from the instructor and the other class attendees is a great show of camaraderie.

It is not unusual to see some great results and body transformations within a few weeks from attending boot camp training 3 – 4 times per week. The health, fitness and wellbeing benefits are fantastic and include a decrease in body fat, increase cardiovascular efficiency, increase strength. There are many other benefits which include improved mental health. It has long been known that regular aerobic exercise can help to reduce high blood pressure, hypertension and combat stress.

Ben Page, Maldon District Council’s Health Improvement Officer said “Group activity in the form of boot camp can elicit significant positive physiological changes. Exercising as part of a group not only contributes to physical changes but can impact upon mental health as well. It is rewarding to see one another progress whilst the group can provide encouragement, commitment and valued companionship.”

Within the District there are some wonderful opportunities to increase your activity levels by attending some of the classes below:

Essex Boot Camp - Promenade Park

Monday, 7.30pm – 8.30pm, Prom Park, Maldon

Wednesday, 7.30pm – 8.30pm, Prom Park, Maldon

Saturday, 9.00am – 10.00am, Prom Park, Maldon

Burnham Boot Camp – Riverside Park

Monday, 7.00pm – 8.00pm, Riverside Park, Burnham

Saturday, 7.30am – 8.30am, Riverside Park, Burnham

Super Mama Fitness - Buggy Boot Camp

Tuesday, 10.00am – 11.00am, Prom Park, Maldon

Friday, 10.00am – 11.00am, Prom Park, Maldon

For details of Leisure, sport, clubs and groups for Maldon District residents you can visit the local events page on