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Loud music helps teenage fitness
Gym users
Teenagers can use roaming backpacks to stay tuned in
Teenagers in Guernsey have been encouraged to keep fit by watching television and listen to loud music.

The "teen top-up" allows young people to use the gym at the Beau Sejour Leisure Centre where television and music is used to keep them motivated.

The initiative followed a national newspaper report last year which said teenagers prefer to spend holidays at home rather than outside exercising.

The teenagers clocked up 285 workouts over the summer holidays.

TV and music helps stops the boredom of just watching the walls or somebody's backside on the treadmill in front
Gail Merrien, Beau Sejour Leisure Centre
Gail Merrien from Beau Sejour said it was the second year the centre had run the scheme.

She is delighted with the results and said it has been such a definite success it will run again next summer.

Ms Merrien told BBC News: "TV and music helps stops the boredom of just watching the walls or somebody's backside on the treadmill in front.

"We've got roaming backpacks which allows the teenagers to use all the equipment in the gym, including weights, without having to miss out on a film they've been watching or music they're listening to."




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