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.
February is often referred to as the month of love, where we show how much we care for our significant others. But this Valentines why not show yourself some love by investing in your long term health and fitness?
We’ve put together some of our top 5 reasons you should concentrate on building a life-long relationship with looking after your body and appreciate the importance of exercise and a healthy lifestyle.
It’s never too late to make positive changes to your exercise routine- your body will thank you for it!
Protect your Future Mobility
As we age hormonal changes and the loss of muscle mass can lead to reduced mobility but one of the biggest reasons for mobility issues as we age is simply down to not staying active. Recent research found improvements in mobility and muscle mass in older adults who took part in an exercise programme and followed a personalised diet over 3 years.
It really is true that if you don’t use it you will lose it- just a daily walk and some simple strength exercises will make a huge difference. Or you could try a Move It Or Lose It class- great for everyone of all ages and ability with the emphasis and active ageing at its heart.
Have More Energy
If you struggle to do everyday tasks like shopping or a bit of housework then you might argue that you haven’t got the energy to do any exercise. But exercise actually increases your energy by building up muscle strength and improving your heart and lung health so you’re able to complete those everyday tasks much more easily.
Look After Your Mental Health
When we are experiencing feelings of sadness or low mood, getting outside for some fresh air and exercise can really help lift our spirits. Regular exercise such as walking, fitness classes or swimming all help. The NHS also recommends exercise for those who suffer from mild to moderate depression as it helps to clear your mind as well as giving you more energy. Do contact your doctor for more help and advice if you think you may be depressed.
Exercise can help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease which in turn will help reduce your risk of dementia, plus older adults who do not exercise are much more likely to have memory problems (cognitive ability).
Get a good Night's Sleep
A good night's sleep is fundamental to our well being and exercise has been shown to help lessen sleep problems and ensure a full night's rest. Regular exercise will have the biggest positive impact on your sleep and while 30 minutes of moderate exercise is recommended for the best results, it doesn’t matter what you do as long as you enjoy it (as you’re more likely to stick at it).
Increase Your Social Circle
Whether you prefer exercising in a group like a fitness class or you prefer going for walks in the countryside with a friend, exercising is a great way to meet like minded people and form strong friendships. Exercising with friends helps ensure you stick with it and it’s a great way to build up a support network.
No matter what type of exercise you prefer to do, the most important thing is that you do it regularly and with a smile on your face. So grab your trainers, walking boots or swim suit and get out there and make some positive changes in your life.
Please contact Amanda for more information on the range of fitness classes available.