At last things are beginning to look a bit brighter and we can tentatively start meeting up with our friends and family. This also means we can start to welcome everyone back to our wonderful Move It Or Lose It classes! What better way to enjoy exercise than with friendly faces followed by a chat and a cuppa? *
Not Just an Exercise Class
We all know how much Amanda loves exercise but it’s not just the physical aspect of the class, it’s also about the social side and the positive impact that has on our wellbeing. The past year has been tough, especially for those who live alone or who have had to shield and that’s what makes classes like our MIOLI class so important. Having a reason to come out, meet with friends and have a bit of a giggle has huge benefits. Couple that with a bit of light exercise and you’ve got the perfect remedy.
At MIOLI a combination of seated exercises, group exercises, lots of props and of course fun and laughter will help improve mobility and flexibility. There is growing evidence that regular exercise can also help protect us from developing dementia. To really lift the spirits we all enjoy a good sing along at MIOLI, it’s lots of fun and it can even help with stress and anxiety.
Get Back Into the Groove!
Starting up exercise again can seem daunting, especially after such a long time away. There’s no need to worry, Amanda will ensure that the MIOLI class will ease you back in slowly and as always all the exercises can be adapted to suit your particular needs. Most importantly, MIOLI classes are all about joining in and having fun.
Come along to your local class, meet up with friends old and new and get moving!
The following Move It Or Lose It classes are currently running:
*Please note: Due to Covid Move It Or Lose It classes are not resuming at Tallington, Empingham, Baston and Corby Glen. You are free to join one of our other classes but it is important to book your place.
After the longest winter spring is finally here and hopefully the changing season is bringing some positive news for our Move It Or Lose It classes! With the Government announcing a Road Map to the lifting of restrictions comes the long awaited news for the possible reopening of our exercise classes on 17th May.
Amanda can’t wait to welcome you all back to class and to help keep you all busy and active in the meantime she has sent out some special sunflower seeds for you to plant and nurture over the next two months. This special variety of sunflower are called ‘Sunspot’ and after planting they take 60 days to flower, just in time for classes to restart! So as a little MIOLO challenge, Amanda would like everyone to plant their seeds and share pictures of their progress and as the flowers grow the number of days left to class goes down!
Health Benefits of Gardening
Being out in the fresh air has many positive health benefits, especially for our emotional well-being. The past year has had many negative effects on our health but a recent report found that gardening had helped many of us through the tough times. Even small window boxes or balconies can have a positive impact on health and well-being by helping to reduce stress and anxiety.
Gardening is a great physical activity too, providing an excellent strength and cardiovascular workout. If you have limited mobility you could try a little light hand-weeding or pruning and make sure you’re using the right tools for the job. Try to enjoy the time outside and don’t be tempted to do too much at once, just stick to one job at a time to help reduce the risk of injury.
Happy gardening and be sure to send pictures of your sunflowers as they grow to firstname.lastname@example.org or share them on social media, don't forget to tag us in the post (Facebook or Instagram). Amanda can't wait to welcome you all back to Move It Or Lose It soon!
The Government recently announced that gyms, leisure centres and exercise classes can now begin operating again (subject to local restrictions). This is fantastic news, the lockdown has had huge ramifications across the globe- not least for everyone’s mental health and fitness, so being able to get out to our regular exercise classes and gyms is like a ray of light! It’s well known that physical activity boosts our mental well-being by releasing feel-good chemicals and endorphins.
During lockdown many of us tried to make the most of local walks if we were able and online groups were great to keep up with familiar exercise routines but now that restrictions are being relaxed we can start to return to physical classes and gyms. Here at Smart Fitt, Amanda has worked hard to make sure the return to class will be as safe as possible.
Measures such as strict maximum number of participants in each class and no equipment sharing mean that social distancing can be maintained throughout and that attendees can feel safe. We will continue to monitor new regulations set out by the Government and update you accordingly via our website and social media channels. Please check back regularly to ensure you have up-to-date information.
Class Information for Smart-Fitt
A new home and a new time for the Bootcamp class!
Bootcamp - as from thisTuesday 15th September we will be at The Centre at Elsea Park from 8pm to 8:45pm. This will give the class a good amount of indoor space plus some outside options too.
Total Body Blast
The Total Body Blast class will be moving to a Thursday morning and starts back on 17th September at 9:15am in Rippingale Village Hall.
Move It Or Lose It classes
Your first class is FREE!
What you need to know:
Great for a personalised workout, you can choose either 1-1 or 2-1 training sessions with Amanda. If you don’t yet feel ready to face the gym or you lack confidence, a personal 1-1 training session is a brilliant way to get fit, get great nutritional advice and all at a time convenient to you in a spacious, open plan studio gym. 2-1 sessions are ideal for couples and friends who wish to train together in a structured way.
The sessions are all designed to suit your specific goals and needs while making sure to match your fitness level and ability.
Contact Amanda to find out what sessions are available (some daytime places currently available)
If you are still shielding or not quite ready to start up the classes again then the virtual classes are a great way to keep active and motivated. With full, detailed instructions and clear videos to follow you can ensure you’re getting a good workout without even leaving your home.