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Learn To Love Your Workout

If we don't love our workout, we will never achieve fitness goals.  You may start with the best intentions, but you will quickly resent going to the gym/class and stop....how depressing!

Finding classes we love, people we want to workout with and support us, as well as activities that work to our personality, body, emotions is key.  Don't worry we are here to help.

Why Is It Important?

  • We are all different (height, weight, body type, emotionally)
  • We all workout for different reasons (stress, weight, tone, strength, sporting goals)

How Do You Know What Is For You?

 

Balance Magazine has published a few questions to help you know what workout is right for you.

 

What are your main fitness goals?

A. To enjoy using my body and boost some feel good hormones.

B. Improve my muscle mass and change the shape of my body.

C. Put myself to the test while getting fit in the most efficient way possible. 

D. To beat stress and improve my mental outlook..

 

How much money could you spend on monthly fitness? 

A. As little as possible.

B. The cost of 3-5 weekly coffees.

C. The cost of 10 weekly coffees.

D. The cost of 20 weekly coffees.

 

How much time could you devote to exercise each week?

A. No more than 2-3 hours.

B. 3-4 hours.

C. 4-5 hours.

D. I can't tell how much free time I have from one week to the next.

 

What do you think is the biggest factor stopping you exercising?

A. Boredom and lack of motivation.

B. The lack of a definitive end goal.

C. An injury from over-exuberant training.

D. Work or family life not allowing enough 'me-time'. 

 

How well do you accept and want instruction?

A. I prefer to chart my own course.

B. I like to be shown once then go my own way.

C. I prefer to be coached if possible.

D. I want to be given expert instruction detail. 

 

How social are you, on a scale of one to 10 (where 10 is life and soul of the party)?

A. 1-3

B. 4-5

C. 8-10

D. 6-7

 

How important is your sports performance relative to your training? 

A. Not that important.

B. It's a big factor.

C. Occasionally I factor it in.

D. I don't play sports.

 

How competitive are you?

A. I'm not into competition at all.

B. I prefer competing against myself.

C. I need to win at all costs.

D. I try to avoid it because it's bad for my mental wellbeing. 

 

WHICH EXERCISE IS RIGHT FOR YOU? 

MOSTLY As: Structured exercise is vital to you but enjoyment needs to be the key factor. Balance magazine recommend exercising outdoors, whether that's running, cycling or power walking in your local park. The magazine recommends writing a list of workouts you'd love to try, sticking it to your fridge and trialling a new one each month.

Try also our online workouts and even our online PT option

MOSTLY Bs: Anyone who answered mostly Bs prefers working out alone, rather than in a group class. Because you relish alone time, follow a personalised, structured routine. The most important factor? Exercise in short sessions, which can burn more calories.

Try our personal training options

MOSTLY Cs: People who answer mostly Cs are fans of seeing results - and fast. The magazine cites Crossfit as the perfect workout for these types of people because the combination of gymnastics and intense cardio tones your entire body in record time. The magazine recommends trying different versions of exercises and encourages you to revamp the structure of your routine every six weeks.

Try either mixing classes in the studio - or if time short grab a Method class

MOSTLY Ds: People who answered mostly Ds are highly emotional but cannot separate their emotion from their workout, leading to burnout. Balance magazine suggest a yoga class as the perfect form of exercise to improve your mood whilst toning your body.  

We offer a variety of yoga classes every day - try a few to find your perfect class.

RECLAIM YOUR ‘ME-TIME’ ON YOUR COMMUTE

TIPS ON HOW TO ACHIEVE YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION

 

Each year a third of us will pick New Year’s resolutions to exercise more, stress less, spend more time with family and friends, eat more healthily and improve your health. But did you know you can achieve a lot of these whilst commuting to work? To help you achieve your New Year’s resolution National Rail have teamed up with fitness and mindfulness guru, Alison Hatcher from Studio One.

Exercise more

Ditch the car and walk or cycle to work or your nearest train station instead. In 2017 there was £9.6m invested in improving cycle parking and cycle facilities at stations. There are now over 76,000 cycle spaces across England. A lot of these contain Cycle Hubs, CCTV security, repair facilities, changing rooms etc. Cycling helps to improve your cardiovascular fitness and has also been proven to lower fatigue, so it’s a great way to start your day, burn some extra calories and improve your fitness levels at the same time. 

Stress less

Reclaim some ‘me-time’ on your journey by preparing yourself mentally for the day ahead. On your train spend 5-10 minutes doing a guided meditation. Using mindfulness has been scientifically proven to help you improve your mental wellbeing and reduce stress levels. Try and fit it in to your journey home too, so you can really switch off and spend quality time with your family and friends.

Spend more time with Family & Friends

Did you know you can take advantage of 2FOR1 on lots of great attractions when you travel by train? If the answer is no then in 2018 make sure you join the 1m+ people that do so each year. Some of the most visited Days Out Guide attractions in 2017 were London Eye, ZSL London Zoo and Madame Tussauds.

You can also save 1/3 on most rail fares in Britain when you travel using a Railcard. A Family & Friends Railcard will save you an average of £131 a year on travel for just £30. And the more you travel, the more you save!

Eat more healthily

It’s estimated that there will be over 20m peak journeys by train this week. Use your commute to organise what food you need to buy and what healthy meals you’re going to have for the week ahead. Once you’ve done that you can spend your extra time doing some mindfulness or some subtle stretches.  

Improve your health

The latest ONS stats on sickness absences rates revealed that over 30.8m work days were lost due to musculoskeletal problems. We tend to hold a lot of tension in our neck muscles so whilst you’re on the train sneak in some discreet stretches. Stretching is just as important as lifting weights or getting your heart rate up. Sit up tall, take one long inhale, and then as you exhale draw your right ear down towards your right shoulder. To increase the stretch, you can place your right hand on top of your left ear, so that the weight of your hand will deepen the intensity. After 10 breaths, repeat on the left-hand side. Listen to what your body is telling you and seek medical advice if you have any concerns.

Alison Hatcher from Studio One explains: “It is more than possible to stay fit and healthy in a modern society. All you need to do is make small changes to your existing routine, like your train journey to and from work. A lot of people tend to go wrong by making drastic changes to their lifestyles. By making and building on small changes you’ll feel more in control and will be more likely to achieve your goals.”

For more information about cycling by train, days out and Railcards visit www.nationalrail.co.uk