I had always been pretty active, albeit on the large side, with swimming a particular forte but that all came to a halt with the arrival of my second child 17 years ago after which the weight just piled on and on…
On Sunday 22 May, Totton Health and Leisure held their forth Big Spin event. Three months and a draw full of sponsorship forms later we can finally reveal that the final total stands at an incredible £18,224.16!
At some point in our lives we’ve all heard, “try yoga, it’s so good for you” or “try pilates, it’s great for your core and back”. But what does yoga and pilates actually do for us? Isn’t it all just noisy breathing and trying to contort your body into weird and wonderful poses? Not quite. Read on to discover why getting your ‘Zen’ on could be the best thing you’ve ever done.
On the first of July, Fitness Instructor, Sam Millard was invited to Totton and Ealing community centre for a session of fitness fun and advice to those in The Minstead Training Trust – a support centre for adults with learning disabilities.
The session began with a meet and greet and then a chat about a healthy lifestyle, including what exercise they liked to do and why it is important. Sam then spoke about eating healthily and defining the basic macronutrient groups protein, fats and carbohydrates and what they are good for.
After a question and answer session Sam began to lead a gentle HIIT session, starting with a warm up and a cool down. Everyone worked incredibly hard and had a lot of fun.
Sam said, “I had a great time, the whole group showed a real interest in the nutrition aspect of our chat and asked some really great questions. When it came to the HIIT session they were one of the most fun & enthusiastic groups I have ever had the pleasure of instructing. The whole group did as much as they could which is all I ever ask for and just enjoyed themselves. I particularly enjoyed seeing some of the shyer members of the group slowly get involved.”
Great job guys!
Have you been inspired by the London Marathon?
Well good news, almost anyone can complete a marathon with the right preparation, so here’s some advice aimed at those looking to get round and hopefully enjoy the experience.
Train like your fitness idol in a high intensity interval training (HIIT) class with the chance to burn around 500 calories in just half an hour! As daunting as it may sound HIIT is the perfect blend of fitness and science making it one of the most effective training methods for fat burning.
It’s coming towards that time of year when you turn the TV on and see the inspirational sight of 38000 people running in the London Marathon and say to yourself “I’m going to do that next year”! Sound familiar and you do in fact wish to run an iconic event but can’t wait a whole year? Listen up!
New Forest Health & Leisure have teamed up with The New Forest Marathon to help inspire people in the New Forest to get active this summer. Famous for being “more than just a marathon” the popular local event that has been running for the last 32 years offers distances from as little as a walk and a 1.5k junior run, 5k and 10k as well as a half and full marathon all in one day on Sunday September 11th 2016.
It may not feel like it but Spring is finally here! This means the beginning of taking exercise outside without contracting frost bite. Did you know that the New Forest has a network of over 100 miles of approved cycle trails which are well signposted and take in quiet lanes, old railway lines and forest trails? Better still, they are largely traffic free (and often flat).
You are cordially invited to one of the healthiest pool parties you’ll ever attend.
Where: Applemore Health and Leisure / Totton Health and Leisure
When: Wednesdays at 7.20pm-8.05pm / Thursdays at 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Aqua Zumba is a low impact, high energy aquatic exercise class suitable for any fitness level, the group age ranges from 12-80+ years. Instructor Debbie uses a selection of global music such as Asian fusions of Bangra, Belly Dancing with Raggeaton and hip hop, traditional Latin rhythms of Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Merengue and always the latest chart toppers. Continue reading