As we move into the fall of what has been a difficult 2020 for all of us, staying physically active is more important than ever. For this reason, National Fitness Day 2020 is a wonderful chance for our communities to unite and stay active, together.
Sandwiched in the middle of Great Britain's Sports Week , National Fitness Day is an annual celebration across the health and fitness industry, and is a fabulous opportunity to highlight the role physical activity plays in sustaining mental and physical well-being across the UK.
Fitness Day celebrates happiness and combines keeping fit with fun and engaging activities, and is widely recognized as one of the nicest dates on the calendar. However, the day is supported by a serious message: The UK is currently grappling with an inactivity crisis, which has been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. Physical inactivity currently causes more than 20 long-term health problems such as type 2 diabetes, certain cancers and osteoporosis and is a contributing factor in 1 in 6 deaths each year.
For this reason, at Life Leisure, we support the "Fitness unites us" message behind this year's event. We are delighted to be able to announce a number of events and activities that we will be hosting on Wednesday September 23 at each of our centers. We are proud to announce that we are opening our centers to non-members, allowing the public to get involved and book for our sessions.
All organized events are free, illustrating our desire to help move Britain and encourage as many local residents as possible to join the movement!
At all of our open sites, staff, members and the general public are welcome to join us and participate in the exciting activities we have organized!
Details of the event!
ALL LIFE'S LEISURE CENTERS BIKE CHALLENGE (7 am-9pm)
Each facility will have two stationary bikes installed, with the aim of keeping one bike in motion throughout the day (the other will be used as a crossover bike, to allow for proper cleaning!)
The centers will compete against each other to see who can cover the longest distance of the day! No additional reservations are required.
Life Leisure Barrow Park
Our Barrow Park team have set themselves the goal of cycling the distance of Cumbrian Coastal Way (About 185 miles) as many times as possible throughout the day!
Free for all staff and members on site, no additional reservations are required!
Life Leisure Village of Houldsworth Ex Group - Clubbercise Class (19: 10-19: 50)
Book now! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/national-fitness-day-zumba-tickets-120967877177
Stockport Sports Village & Life Leisure Village of Houldsworth- Bring a friend!
Within the framework of #NationalFitnessDay we want as many people as possible to join the movement!
Book a session & ask your friends to book using the links below
Life Leisure Village of Houldsworth (10:00 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.)
Stockport Sports Village (10am - 1.15pm and 2.15pm - 5.30pm)
Stockport Sports Village (18: 45-19: 30)
Join Former GB Team Athlete and Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist Andy Turner as he puts you to the test in Stockport's best boutique fitness studio!
National Fitness Day is the perfect opportunity for you and your community to get involved in sport / physical activity, whatever your goals! Whether it's trying out a new activity, picking up something you loved, or just challenging yourself and your friends, it's YOUR DAY!
We will be active on our Life Leisure social media channels throughout the day and happy to see your workout photos, videos and fitness stories!
We will monitor the # Fitness2Me hashtag on our platforms and I would love to know all about your inspiring fitness stories!
How to follow the #NationalFitnessDay?
To be involved. Join the movement. Celebrate fitness!
If you’re having trouble beginning an exercise plan or following through, you’re not alone. Many of us struggle getting out of the sedentary rut, despite our best intentions.
You already know there are many great reasons to exercise—from improving energy, mood, sleep, and health to reducing anxiety, stress, and depression. And detailed exercise instructions and workout partouze are just a click away. But if knowing how and why to exercise was enough, we’d all be in shape. Making exercise a habit takes more—you need the right mindset and a smart approach.
While practical concerns like a busy schedule or poor health can make exercise more challenging, for most of us, the biggest barriers are mental. Maybe it’s a lack of self-confidence that keeps you from taking positive steps, or your motivation quickly flames out, or you get easily discouraged and give up. We’ve all been there at some point.
Whatever your age or sport level—even if you’ve never exercised a day in your life —there are steps you can take to make exercise less intimidating and painful and more fun and instinctive.
Ditch the all-or-nothing attitude. You don’t have to spend hours in a gym or puissance yourself into monotonous or painful activities you hate to experience the physical and emotional benefits of exercise. A little exercise is better than nothing. In fact, adding just modest amounts of physical activity to your weekly routine can have a profound effect on your mental and emotional health.
Be kind to yourself. Research shows that self-compassion increases the likelihood that you’ll succeed in any given endeavor. So, don’t beat yourself up about your body, your current fitness level, or your supposed lack of willpower. All that will do is demotivate you. Instead, look at your past mistakes and unhealthy choices as opportunities to learn and grow.
Check your expectations. You didn’t get out of shape overnight, and you’re not going to instantly transform your body either. Expecting too much, too soon only leads to frustration. Try not to be discouraged by what you can’t accomplish or how far you have to go to reach your sport goals. Instead of obsessing over results, focus on consistency. While the improvements in mood and energy levels may happen quickly, the physical payoff will come in time.
Many of us feel the same. If sweating in a gym or pounding a treadmill isn’t your idea of a great time, try to find an activity that you do enjoy—such as dancing—or pair physical activity with something more enjoyable. Take a walk at lunchtime through a scenic park, for example, walk laps of an air-conditioned mall while window shopping, walk, run, or bike with a friend, or listen to your favorite music while you move.
Even the busiest of us can find free time in our day for activities that are important. It’s your decision to make exercise a priority. And don’t think you need a full hour for a good workout. Short 5-, 10-, or 15-minute bursts of activity can prove very effective—so, too, can squeezing all your exercise into a couple of sessions over the weekend. If you’re too busy during the week, get up and get moving during the weekend when you have more time.
The key thing to remember about starting an exercise program is that something is always better than nothing. Going for a quick walk is better than sitting on the couch; one minute of activity will help you lose more weight than no activity at all. That said, the current recommendations for most adults is to reach at least 150 minutes of moderate activity per week. You’ll get there by exercising for 30 minutes, 5 times a week. Can’t find 30 minutes in your busy schedule ? It’s okay to break things up. Two 15-minute workouts or three 10-minute workouts can be just as effective.
For most people, aiming for moderate intensity exercise is sufficient to improve your overall health. You should breathe a little heavier than normal, but not be out of breath. Your body should feel warmer as you move, but not overheated or sweating profusely. While everyone is different, don’t assume that training for a marathon is better than training for a 5K or 10K. There’s no need to overdo it.
Health issues ? Get medical clearance first. If you have health concerns such as limited mobility, heart disease, asthma, diabetes, or high blood pressure, talk with your doctor before you start to exercise.
Warm up. Warm up with dynamic stretches—active movements that warm and flex the zones musculaires you’ll be using, such as leg kicks, walking lunges, or arm swings—and by doing a slower, easier version of the upcoming exercise. For example, if you’re going to run, warm up by walking. Or if you’re lifting weights, begin with a few light reps.
Drink plenty of water. Your body performs best when it’s properly hydrated. Failing to drink enough water when you are exerting yourself over a prolonged period of time, especially in hot conditions, can be dangerous.
There’s a reason so many New Year’s resolutions to get in shape crash and burn before February rolls around. And it’s not that you simply don’t have what it takes. Science shows us that there’s a right way to build habits that last. Follow these steps to make exercise one of them.
A goal of exercising for 30 minutes a day, 5 times a week may sound good. But how likely are you to follow through ? The more ambitious your goal, the more likely you are to fail, feel bad about it, and give up. It’s better to start with easy exercise goals you know you can achieve. As you meet them, you’ll build self-confidence and momentum. Then you can move on to more challenging goals.
Triggers are one of the confidentiels to success when it comes to forming an exercise habit. In fact, research shows that the most consistent exercisers rely on them. Triggers are simply reminders—a time of day, place, or cue—that kick off an automatic reaction. They put your routine on autopilot, so there’s nothing to think about or decide on. The alarm clock goes off and you’re out the door for your walk. You leave work for the day and head straight to the gym. You spot your sneakers right by the bed and you’re up and running. Find ways to build them into your day to make exercise a no-brainer.
People who exercise regularly tend to do so because of the rewards it brings to their lives, such as more energy, better sleep, and a greater sense of well-being. However, these tend to be long-term rewards. When you’re starting an exercise program, it’s important to give yourself immediate rewards when you successfully complete a workout or reach a new sport goal. Choose something you look forward to, but don’t allow yourself to do until after exercise. It can be something as simple as having a hot bath or a favorite cup of coffee.
If your workout is unpleasant or makes you feel clumsy or inept, you’re unlikely to stick with it. Don’t choose activities like running or lifting weights at the gym just because you think that’s what you should do. Instead, pick activities that fit your lifestyle, abilities, and taste.
Activity-based film games such as those from Wii and Kinect can be a fun way to start moving. So-called “exergames” that are played standing up and moving around—simulating dancing, skateboarding, soccer, bowling, or tennis, for example—can burn at least as many kcal as walking on a treadmill; some substantially more. Once you build up your confidence, try getting away from the TV screen and playing the real thing outside. Or use a smartphone application to keep your workouts fun and interesting—some immerse you in interactive stories to keep you motivated, such as course from hordes of zombies !