Summer is here which inevitably means we’ll be bombarded with ads for slimming tips and tricks and ‘helpful’ guides to get the perfect beach body. Many of us make the mistake of thinking of getting in shape solely for summer, after all it’s when we generally show more of our body to the world. But this can be a damaging cycle to get into where we just diet and exercise for a specific goal only then allowing our fitness and healthy habits to fall by the wayside once summer is over.
So this month we are going to be looking at how and why we need to focus on getting fit for life.
There are always trends and fads when it comes to dieting and losing weight but the best approach is to aim to eat a healthy, nutritious, balanced diet and be sure to fuel your body so you have enough energy.
Last year the government launched a health campaign called Better Health to help people make better choices with diet and exercise. This campaign is great for helping you make changes to your lifestyle that you can stick to for life.
Don’t skip meals
You might be tempted to cut out all snacks and even skip meals but this is not generally advised, remember it’s not just about quantity of food it’s also about quality- sweet, sugary snacks that lack fibre and nutrients should be replaced with fruit and healthy snacks that provide energy along with vitamins and minerals.
Exercise all year round
Change your mindset and embrace exercise as a part of your everyday routine. Even simple changes such as making sure you go for a brisk walk every day will set you on the path to lifelong fitness. It’s important to make exercise part of daily life as we age- adding in strength training up to 3 times a week will help strengthen your bones, muscles and improve your posture and balance.
Join a class
Make a commitment to exercise by joining a regular class such as Move It or Lose It or Bootcamp. Taking part in a regular class means you’re more likely to stick to it, you’ll make new friends and it’s a great way to get professional support and advice on nutrition and exercise.
Make sure it’s fun!
In order to make sure you stick to a healthy lifestyle you need to make sure it’s fun. So pick activities you enjoy and try to do them regularly. Set yourself challenges to complete to ensure boredom doesn’t set in- you could sign up to complete a swimathon or maybe a sponsored walk or run. Whatever you choose make sure you enjoy it!
Get out in the garden and raise your heart rate while you do a bit of weeding, digging and planting. As well as some much needed vitamin D if you work a bit harder you’ll be getting a healthy dose of cardio and strength training too.
*Please speak to your healthcare professional before you embark on any new exercise or diet regime.
Please get in touch if you would like to find out more about the classes or one-one fitness sessions with Amanda. Personal plans to help you start making changes now, have accountability with some added motivation to help you succeed!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com to secure your fitness session.
Looking forward to making fitness fun once again!
As we get older exercising and keeping fit can become more difficult- aches and pains, reduced mobility, illness etc all impact on our ability to stay active. But there are lots of things we can do to stay healthy and active and joining a Move It Or Lose It class is a great way to improve mobility and overall health.
Staying active as we age is also vital for maintaining independence and the social aspect of exercising at a class helps keep the mind healthy too! Making friends and sharing a joke over a cup of tea is just as important as performing the exercises themselves.
Exercise has all kinds of benefits, not just physically but also mentally. The endorphins and positive feelings we get during and after exercise can have an amazing effect on our emotional well being, unleashing our creativity and inspiration.
One of Amanda’s regular attendees has been so inspired by her Move It Or Lose It class that she wrote a fantastic poem about it!
“What has she got up her sleeve today?
Whatever it is - she’ll have her way
She smiles and is keen
But you know when you’ve been
To Essendine class on a Tuesday!
Is it tea time yet? No! Keep going
That bean bag keeps toing and froing
Muscles take a hit
Our joints ache a bit
But at least the blood is flowing!
We’ve mastered another move
Amanda’s not stuck in a groove
Coz, she’ll change it next week
More music she’ll seek
In the hope that we might improve!
Amanda, we think you’re great
No criticism if we’re a bit late
We do our best for you
The actions- we get through
Then it’s tea and back home through the gate”
By Francis Wing
Francis clearly enjoys her weekly class with Amanda and this has ignited her creativity as well as improving her fitness and mobility. Making new friends and being able to exercise while having fun is fantastic for keeping us motivated and Francis obviously looks forward to her weekly Move It Or Lose It class!
Amanda we think you’re great
The class at Essendine Village Hall near Stamford, Rutland is held on a Tuesday and consists of 45 minutes of gentle exercise followed by drinks and a chat.