When you start a new health and fitness programme you do so with the intention of seeing and feeling results. Whether you’re working towards a fitness goal, you want to relax and unwind or you just want to feel healthier – it’s all about outcomes!
If weight loss is your goal it’s said that it can take four weeks for you to see and feel the difference in your body, eight weeks for friends and family to notice and 12 weeks for the rest of the world to appreciate how great you look?
Did you know 1Life centres offer a fantastic new three-month membership? This membership gives you access to the fantastic range of group fitness classes, such as Les Mills programmes, indoor cycling and spinning classes, HIIT, yoga, Zumba and martial arts! You can also dive in and take advantage of the first class swimming facilities, including splash and learner pools. We have a range of great badminton and squash courts as well as outdoor facilities too such as football, basketball, golf and tennis – the list goes on! *
1Life centres also employ the very best fitness teams and personal trainers so if you need some focus and want some one-to-one support our team of PTs, we have a great mix of specialist trainers on hand to help and support you to achieve your goals. But it’s not just our fitness team who can offer support and motivation. Our current 1Life members are pretty epic too! We pride ourselves on having the friendliest members in town and there will always be a friendly face ready to welcome you and say hello.
Let’s face it, moving more is good for your overall health. Government guidelines state that healthy, adults aged 19 to 64 should try to be active daily and should do at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity such as cycling or brisk walking every week and strength exercises on 2 or more days a week that work all the major muscles (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms). Regular exercise can help reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type two diabetes, depression and other mental health issues.
It’s fair to say we are all working longer and harder and trying to get a good work-life balance can be tough. Technology makes employees contactable around the clock and this never-ending workday is damaging to your mental health and wellbeing, relationships and overall health and happiness. Regular exercise not only has a positive impact on your waistline but your mental wellbeing too, helping you feel calmer, more centred and able to focus on the important things in life!
So if you’re reading this and we’ve convinced you that regular exercise and moving more is a good thing here are a few things you might need to get started!
Look to invest in a good pair of supporting training shoes (unless you’re planning to swim everyday). It’s also important that you choose the right shoes for the activity you think you might be doing most of. Running shoes are lighter in weight than cross-training shoes, which are more supportive and better for general gym use. You might also consider using fitness apps for your smart phone or device as well as other activity tracking devices. These can track the distance you run or walk, track calories burned as well as monitoring your heart rate.
We also recommend you consider setting yourself a goal and work towards it. This will help keep your mind focussed and you’ll be less likely to skip a session or swap the gym for the pub!
It’s important that if you are starting a new exercise programme that you keep your body hydrated. Our body is made up of approximately 50% water. Drinking at least two litres of water a day is key to health. Mild dehydration, losing just 1.5 percent of your normal water volume, can alter your mood and one study found that dehydration is linked to fatigue, headaches, anxiety, and trouble concentrating.
One final tip, which is often overlooked but crucial to a healthy lifestyle is sleep! It’s recommended you get 7-9 hours sleep each night. Sleep is vital for health and wellbeing as during sleep growth hormones are produced and regeneration of our bodies occur, which is vital to daily function.
So what are you waiting for? 1Life centres are inclusive, accessible and perfect for the whole family everyone is welcome from new born babies in the water, through to toddlers, teens and everything in between.
For more information and to sign up for your three-month membership today simply contact us for more information.
*Not available at all 1Life centres