Welcome to this week’s newsletter & updates:
Classes were busier last week after the school holiday week the previous week and it was lovely to welcome ‘new people’ again to our class. I hope that you’ll continue to join us and work out with us.
Let’s talk about physical exercise – again!
I know I’m always promoting the benefits of exercise, ie benefits to the body as well as the mind. I’ve mentioned before that the guidelines for 19-65+ age group is that physical activity should add up to at least 150 minutes (2½ hours) of moderate intensity activity. Data from the British Health Foundation shows that a large proportion of the population don’t achieve the physical activity guidelines.
We know that there are many benefits associated with physical exercise ie
- Healthy bones, muscles and joints
- Strengthening of the heart and lungs
- Refines coordination and movement control
- Many social aspects to exercise whether in a class or outdoors
- Confidence, social interaction & integration (as in group exercise).
We also know that a sedentary lifestyle is associated with an increased risk of developing many illnesses incl heart disease, diabesity, stroke and obesity.
So aim to get at least 150 mins of moderate activity a week and this can be achieved by attending 1, 2 or more classes a week and/or walking, running, golf, playing tennis, skiing etc.
Talking about our classes to up our activity levels: if you can attend or continue to attend say one class a week as well as running after the kids/grandkids, gardening, walking etc, fab, woo hoo, keep doing that.
If you can join us for 2 classes, maybe opt for a strength training class (ie Wednesday morning which is all about improving general fitness levels, strength, stamina through some resistance training which btw is recommended) and also attend one of the other classes (Tue or Thurs evening or Fri am) to improve strength and flexibility.
I know a lot of you can’t make it to morning classes (Wed & Fri) because of work or other commitments and evening classes are best for you. If that’s the case for you, continue to join us on a Tuesday and/or Thursday evening where our aim is still to improve our fitness, overall strength as well as flexibility, co-ordination, balance (I’m still practicing that one! ha) and posture.
The social interaction and integration part is so important too. It’s good for our confidence and I can see class participants’ confidence grow week by week. I know that when someone joins our class for the first time, it’s daunting, but over time, we get used to the exercises and stretches. We get to know what a ‘shoulder bridge’, a ‘curtsey squat’ ‘single or double step touch’ is and it gets easier. We get stronger, have less ‘after-class-leg-soreness’ but also we feel that we’re valued (which you are) and part of a tribe or team.
Classes wouldn’t be the same without you so keep up the great work, stay committed to your fitness, lifestyle and health.
I’m with you all the way and supporting you.
There’s a new article about Nutrition for injury recovery (which is on FitPro site by Dr Linia Patel PhD) and it’s about good nutrition and the right supplements that may help speed up injury recovery.
Have a look and a read, it’s on the Articles tab of my website, here’s the link
Tomorrow sees us into March and it’s staying lighter for longer in the evenings, yayyy.
A reminder that it’s Pancake Day tomorrow, 1 March.
Just to let you know that you don’t have to pre-book your place in a class however, if you’d still like to email me, that’d be great. It’ll give me a rough indication of how many are coming to each class, thanks.
Please still wear a face covering when entering & leaving the church halls and please think about doing lateral flow tests before classes, thanks.
I hope that you enjoyed reading this week’s newsletter & I look forward to seeing you in class this week.
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