Next month a very special health and wellbeing event is being held at the Bourne Corn Exchange and Smart Fitt is going to be there to share how exercise and a healthy lifestyle can help our wellbeing.
Everyone is welcome to come along and find out about the many local businesses and organisations that are on hand to help you with your health and wellbeing. From exercise classes such as Move It Or Lose It, Tai Chi and dance to singing and mindfulness - you’ll be able to take part in taster sessions and maybe discover a new favourite class to add to your calendar!
Lots of Classes to Try!
● We are Undefeatable - Move To Your Mood - Feeling Energised
● Bourne Tuneless Choir
● Tai Chi
● Move it or Lose it (12:45pm-1:00pm)
● Over 60's Dance
● Balance and Coordination - Leisure SK
● Mindfulness Meditation - LeisureSK
The whole day is packed out with inspiring wellness classes run by local organisations and is a great opportunity to ask any questions you might have about health and wellbeing.
The event is completely free and refreshments are provided.
Spaces are limited for each session so make sure you arrive early to secure your spot. If you are planning to take part in any of the activities it is recommended that you wear comfortable clothing that you can move around in and suitable footwear.
Date: 26th September 2023
Time: 10am - 3pm
Location: Bourne Corn Exchange, PE10 9EF
If you would like any more information about this event or any of our classes at Smart Fitt, then please contact Amanda.
The 15th to the 21st May is Mental Health Awareness Week 2023 and this year, The Mental Health Foundation has decided to focus on anxiety - a feeling many of us will be familiar with.
With this in mind, now is a good time to look at the positive impact exercise can have on our overall well being, including our mental health.
How does exercise help mental well being?
We are all aware of the positive effects that exercise can have on our physical health - from improved heart health to stronger bones and joints - but exercise is also great at improving our mental health in a variety of ways:
Not getting enough good quality sleep can be detrimental to our well being but regular exercise has been shown to help improve sleep problems and increase sleep quality by reducing the time it takes for us to fall asleep.
Feel Good Hormones
When we exercise we produce endorphins and hormones such as dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin, that help us feel good and regulate our mood.
Clear your head
Many of us feel better if we can get outside for some fresh air (and sun if we’re lucky). Getting out into nature for a walk, run or cycle can help clear away the cobwebs and reduce feelings of anxiety.
Relax your mind and body
Exercise doesn't have to be high intensity cardio - gentle and restorative exercise, such as yoga or pilates, is a great way to destress and clear your mind.
Divert your attention
When you’re focussed on exercising it helps to divert your attention away from the thoughts that are making you feel anxious.
To get the full benefits of exercise it’s important to choose an activity you enjoy, that way you are more likely to stick with it. Any exercise that raises your heart rate counts, including household tasks such as gardening and cleaning.
Exercising with friends will help keep you accountable as well as giving you access to emotional support. Group classes are a great way to meet like minded people and get fit, or you could arrange to meet up with friends for a weekly walk where you can get things off your chest while you workout.
If you are feeling anxious or struggling with your mental health it is important not to put pressure on yourself. A bit of exercise is better than none at all, you could start by just walking to the shops and then build it up over time.
If you find some days harder to exercise than others, don't feel guilty about taking a break until you feel ready to exercise again.
Try to eat a healthy, balanced diet and try to reduce your caffeine and alcohol intake.
Speak to a medical professional if you are starting exercising for the first time or if you are struggling with mental health issues.
Mind has helpful advice on improving your mental well being here.
From daily dusting and vacuuming to an annual Spring clean, there’s no getting away from the chore of housework. It can feel like a bit of a burden but with a bit of creative thinking you can turn each task into an exercise to help improve strength, stability and fitness.
Adding some wearable weights, such as wrist or ankle weights, will help increase stamina, stability and strength.
So choose some of your favourite music to workout to, crank up the volume and get fit while cleaning up!
When dusting surfaces try to use circular motion (in both directions). This will give your triceps and shoulders a gentle workout. Dusting the house requires us to squat and crouch to reach low areas such as skirting boards, and stretch or stand on our toes to clean higher up areas. These are all fantastic to promote joint health but do take care not to overstretch or risk injury.
Using the vacuum can give you a great all round workout, making use of your legs, core and upper body. Get extra benefits by doing walking lunges while vacuuming, taking care to engage your core. Avoid twisting your body and be careful to maintain good posture. To add extra resistance, use the brush tools to clean your upholstery/stairs.
Sweeping and Mopping
Like vacuuming, sweeping and mopping is all rounder. Engaging your core and making use of your arms and upper body as well as your legs for a full body workout. Try to swap arms so you work on both shoulders and and avoid twisting or overstretching.
Use circular motions to work your shoulders and triceps. Stand on your toes for a calf stretch as you do the higher parts. If you have glass doors or full length windows/mirrors you can add in squats to do the lower parts of the glass. Always swap arms to make sure you work on both sides.and ensure you engage your core.
Now is a great time to tidy the garden and start planting. Weeding, sweeping and watering plants gives you a great workout all with the added benefits you get from being outside.
Try to combine a few tasks to get the most benefit, maybe dusting and vacuuming one day, mopping and cleaning the windows another day. Combining everyday tasks like housework with your usual exercise classes or routine will help strengthen your body, improve your balance and fitness. Taking a tea break between tasks? While you wait for the tea to brew you could try these standing exercises from Move It Or Lose It!
Please contact Amanda if you would like more advice on exercising safely.
📷 Credit: Sunflowers grown by a Move it Or Lose It Fitness class member, working out in the garden during Lockdown 2020.