Covid-19 has meant a complete change for how Smart-Fitt can bring fitness classes to the local community but thankfully we can all still stay active with me through my virtual classes!
Virtual classes allow anyone to join in from the comfort of their own home by following along to one of Amanda’s classes online. It’s easy to lose motivation, especially in the current situation but exercise, as we know, boosts our physical and mental health. We all need a boost right now and virtual classes are a great way to stay fit and healthy.
Smart-Fitt classes that are available online are the Move It Or Lose It classes and the Total Body Blast classes.
Total Body Blast - Youtube Playlist
Move it or lose it - Youtube Playlist
Move It or Lose It classes are ideal for older people and those who have limited mobility. Exercises can be performed seated or standing and can be adapted to suit everyone no matter their ability. Many of the moves are ‘functional fitness’, meaning they represent activities we commonly carry out in our daily lives eg; knee raises which can help with our ability to get up and down the stairs. The classes are fun and relaxed, as you can see in our videos:
Exercises are wonderfully designed to help us older people to keep mobile, great music too, to which we often sing along!
(Sue, attends Move It Or Lose It at Elsea Park)
Thank you so much for the weekly keep fit videos you put online... It puts a big smile on my face! I am so happy knowing I am doing something to stay fit.
(Ann, online weekly videos)
Total Body Blast classes are High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) classes which are ideal if you want to burn calories and get fit! HIIT workouts consist of short, intense bursts of exercise followed by short periods of rest. Amanda has been doing a weekly Total Body Blast class online, checkout the workouts available so far:
Total Body Blast is great for getting in shape and improving fitness and the online classes are great for keeping you motivated:
Since lockdown I’ve been following her videos on YouTube and they’ve been so effective and good and they still manage to motivate me which is something I struggle to do on my own. I can’t wait to start the sessions again to see how much further I can push myself.
(Cassie Strickland, attends 1-1 sessions)
Watch this space for more virtual classes and shout up on social media if there is something you particularly enjoy or would like me to cover.
The health and safety of our class members is of our highest priority and given the latest guidelines set out by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the UK Government it is with regret we have had to close all our classes until further notice.
Exercise Support at Home
We will monitor update daily and make changes inline with new information published. It will be a good idea to maintain regular exercise at home where possible. We have a selection on Youtube videos and video we posted to Facebook that you can used as reference for exercising at home, especially if you have had to self isolate. Exercise toys can be replaced with any similar items you have in the home too.
Move It Or Lose It Classes
The Move It Or Lose It team have promised to publish some FREE online videos that you can use in the comfort of your own home, please check here for updates:
FREE Online Videos they also have a Youtube channel that publishes regular videos.
They also have a selection of DVD’s that can be purchased online here: Move It Or Lose It DVD's they also plan to do online rentals to keep costs down for those with reduced income.
Signs and Symptoms of Coronavirus
Please consider the latest guidance regarding signs and symptoms of Coronavirus.
If you have recently returned from any of the counties most affected by Conoravirus or if you, or a member of your immediate household are unwell and are experiencing a new and persistent cough and have a high temperature you must follow the latest guidance on isolation at home.
Are you in the high risk category?
Please consider if you or those close to you fall in to the high risk category, please look out for family, friends or those you know who are already isolated and may need additional support like help with food or picking up prescriptions.
FREE Support Pack for Older People
We know this outbreak will impact so many peoples’ lives so please follow the link below to download the Move It Or Lose it FREE support pack for older people to help you through these difficult times.
Last updated 19th march 2020
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.