What do you do?

Sometimes, long slow runs can be really boring and it’s more about the mental game than the physical one. Some people advocate counting or trying to remember a list of things; ANYTHING to take your mind off running!

This article was published 18 months ago and, with many runners getting ready for longer-distance races at the moment, the idea of reappraisal is definitely appealing.

When the running gets tough, rather than take your mind off it, actively think about what’s happening to your body; be scientific about what your body’s telling you and why.

Chances are, you’ll learn something and be able to adapt your training in time for your big event.

Still stuck? Get in touch.

Fitness Fling

Have a fling with exercise!

On Saturday 14th March, Katie is teaming up with Joanna to raise money for Sport Relief.

We will be hosting a range of short fitness classes between 9am and 1pm, at Caversham Heath Golf Club, Mapledurham, RG4 7UT.

Stay for as long as you like for a minimum donation of £10 per person. Just turn up on the day!

Parking, toilets and refreshments are provided. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and bring whatever you normally do for exercising. Contact Katie if you need more information. 

If you can’t make it and would like to support us, you can donate via www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fitness-fling.

9amTabata HIIT (high-intensity interval training) ​Katie
9.30amOld-school aerobicsJoanna
10amGrid set (whole body and balance)Katie
10.30amLIIT (low-intensity interval training)Joanna
11amGiant 30 (for strength and CV fitness)Katie
11.30amDance mixJoanna
12pmTone up (for strength)Katie
12.30pmFusion (Yoga/Pilates) and cool downJoanna

Is it really that simple?

Someone once told me, “Just go out and run.”

If your main aim is to enjoy running, that’s a perfectly sensible strategy to take. If your main aim is to stay fit for life, you may want to include some other types of training.

Stretching, strength and mobility all play a part in our overall health and, “muscle and bone strengthening and balance activities [can] delay the natural decline in muscle mass and bone density that occurs from around 50 years of age, maintaining function in later life.”

It’s not just about the physical advantages, though. Many people who participate in regular exercise find that other areas of their lives improve, too.

The wider physical wellbeing, mental wellbeing and individual development benefits of physical activity

Find out more about the long-game.

Struggling to get started?

This guidance from Public Health England was published today (23rd January 2020), but it’s nothing new.

Many people know that they should move more, but it can be hard to get started.

This magical ‘moving more doesn’t mean you have to go to Zumba three times a week or train for a marathon. Start with the simple things, if you’re able: take the stairs for the first or last part of your journey up to the office; walk to the break-out-area on the other side of your floor; leave your desk at lunchtime.

Some moving is better than no moving. If you’re really stuck, get in touch.

Physically active people have lower health risks

Take a look at yourself and make a change…

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution? How’s it going?

Changing behaviour, especially if it’s become habitual, can be hard. There’s loads of research about how people change their habits and the stages we go through to make changes.

I really like the behaviour change model which has been used here, by the Royal College of Nursing. Although they’re talking about change for health, it could be referring to anything: getting the boiler serviced, finding a new job, achieving an athletic goal.

If you’re feeling a bit stuck, especially if you’re contemplating change or are in danger of a relapse, get in touch; we can work together to unstick you!

stages of change model
From https://www.rcn.org.uk/clinical-topics/supporting-behaviour-change/understanding-behaviour-change