As we take our first steps into 2022 many of us will be setting ourselves targets and goals for the year. From fitness goals to events, it’s a great idea to have something to aim for so you keep focused and accountable.
If you overindulged during Christmas and New Year it’s important not to feel guilty, now is the perfect time to reassess your diet and exercise regime and you'll soon be feeling more energised and positive. Remember, fad diets rarely work in the long term so focus more on eating well and making sensible choices rather than starving yourself or denying yourself treats.
Here are our top tips to help you get your fitness back on track for 2022:
Aim to get some fresh air everyday by going for a walk, jog or bike ride. You’ll get some much-needed vitamin D, clear your head and get a dose of those uplifting endorphins. Exercising when it’s cold might not seem very enticing but the benefits are more than worth it so put on your warm clothes and head outside!
Join a Fitness Class
If you’re struggling to get motivated and need a bit of a push then why not join a fun exercise class or bootcamp? Make new friends and get fit at the same time. Being part of a class will help keep you accountable and you’re less likely to quit.
Try Something New
If you find exercising boring, then why not try something you’ve never done before? Running or walking can be a lonely experience if you go alone but if you join a walking group or a running club it might give you the boost you need to keep at it.
Sign up to an event
You don’t have to be a super fit athlete to take part in one of the many events available. From Sponsored walks, park runs, charity cycle rides or a Swimathon, you’re sure to find something to tickle your fancy. Signing up for an event will help motivate you to continue with your training and give you an immense feeling of pride when you complete the challenge.
The start to 2022 has been a bit bumpy and it looks like it could be a bit rocky for the next few months which makes it even more important to focus on our well-being. Exercise is vital for a healthy lifestyle and really helps lift your mood.
If you are training for a particular event and need a little support reaching your goal, Smart Fitt offers personalised fitness coaching, contact Amanda for more information.
We are excited to share that Amanda was featured in the Instructors Spotlight at Move It Or Lose It this month. You can read her interview here:
Instructors Spotlight - Move It Or Lose It
This month we had a catch up with one of our instructors, Amanda Abbott, who runs her classes at various locations in Lincolnshire. We asked Amanda a few questions and here's what she had to say.
How did you find out about the FABS course?
I saw an ad on Facebook.
What did you do before becoming a Move it or Lose it instructor?
I'm a level three personal trainer and hold Level 3 Designing Exercise Programmes for the Senior Population too, so I did personal training and a couple of "chairobics" classes.
What made you want to do the FABS course?
It seemed like the natural progression from the courses I'd already done.
What do you love most about being an instructor?
Seeing people improve. Seeing their faces when something 'goes right'.
Have you had any funny moments in your classes?
So many! Once doing the pass the baton around the circle game, I had left my bag of spare batons behind a gentleman (the group joker!). Every time I called 'stop' to get the group to do a move in between the passing there seemed to be an extra baton! Then there were two extra batons.
Every time there were more and more batons in the circle. The gentleman in question kept dipping into the bag of spares and adding them into the circle. It took me quite a while to work out what was happening. Meanwhile a few in the circle had worked it out or had seen the extra batons being added.
I couldn't believe I was so slow to pick up on what was happening. We had a great laugh that day!
What's your favourite music track to use in a class?
I don't really have a favourite. I plan my routines to last for around 6 weeks. Every routine has a bit of a theme, so at the moment I'm doing Autumn/Halloween.
Amongst the tracks being used at the moment we've got Time Warp and Thriller for the aerobic section; Ghost Town by The Specials for the strength section and Autumn Leaves for the cool down. I like a good box step to the right music as you can really get into the beat - my groups like it too!
What would you say to anyone thinking about doing the FABS course and becoming an instructor?
Be prepared for a lot of hard work, working out playlists and routines are very time consuming. But the sense of achievement when you deliver a good routine; when the group all works together in unison; the smiles on the clients faces and the laughter make this a very rewarding occupation.
What are your hobbies?
Open water swimming, cycling (road and off-road), taekwondo. gardening, baking and sewing.
What is your favourite food?
Any recipe with lamb!
What is your favourite TV programme?
Tricky this - I always forget when dramas are on so I'll watch one episdoe then forget it's on. I'm not good with catch-up tv.
The Great British Sewing Bee and Great British Bake Off are my 'must see' programmes though.
What is your guilty pleasure?
I love going for long walks with my dog (Cocker Spaniel called Bailey) and will organise my weekly schedule so that I have one afternoon a week to go for a lovely long walk in the local countryside.
We are really looking forward to welcoming you all back to our fitness sessions, we have missed you all so much, not to mention the giggles and laughter! See below our planned roadmap to getting classes up and running again with some ideas about our future plans, this information is provisional and provided as a guide to help you ease back in to in-person regular fitness sessions once again.
Booking your fitness session is essential. All dates and times are provisional, please don't just turn up. YOU MUST pre-book your fitness session. Please contact Amanda on: 07535788756 or email@example.com to secure your place.
Bootcamp re-starts on Tuesday 30th March at 7pm in ‘the cage’ Lawrence Park.
Restarts: Tuesday 30th March - 7pm
Location: ‘The Cage’ Lawrence Park
Since lockdown are you not confident with exercise and would like to try a personal training session? Are you trying to reach a personal goal and not had much success achiveing this by yourself? A personal training session might be the perfect opportunity for you. The good news is these can now resume from 29th March. Places are limited, we advise you to book as soon as possible.
Personal training - studio based
From 12th April studio based personal training sessions can resume. I am happy to continue outside sessions either in the garden or Lawrence Park depending on each clients preference.
Restarts: Tuesday 29th March
Location: Smart Fitt Studio or Garden / Lawrence Park
Fighting Fit - NEW CLASS
This Fighting Fit class is for people who have a ‘good’ fitness level already (not for beginners). It will be a mix of cardio, strength, stamina, flexibility. The moves will be based around Tae Kwon Do and gym-based boxing moves and drills, punches and kicks either on your own or with a partner (when guidance allows).
All attendees will require their own boxing gloves. All other equipment will be supplied.
Starts: Thursday 6th May
Time: 7.00pm - 8:00pm
Location: The Cage, Lawrence Park
Cost : £5 per session (First Session is FREE)
Total Body Blast
Total Body Blast is planned to re-start on Thursday 20th May at Rippingale Village Hall. This will be the new permanent time and venue for this class.
Restarts: Thursday 20th May
Location: Rippingale Village Hall
Move It Or Lose IT
The following Move It Or Lose It classes are scheduled to return from Monday 17th May.
Please note: Due to current Covid restrictions MIOLI at the following locations cannot restart: Tallington, Empingham, Baston and Corby Glen.
You are free to join our other venues; Bourne, Deeping St James, Essendine.
All current Move It Or Lose It attendees will be contacted via letter with confirmation of dates and arrangements for class re-starts.
Lots of people are looking forward to getting back to regular exercise classes so places going fast. All dates and times are provisional, please don't just turn up. YOU MUST pre-book your fitness session and await confirmation of your place. Please contact Amanda on: 07535788756 or firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your fitness session.
Looking forward to making fitness fun once again!