It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. And even if you’re currently suffering from the excesses of the festive season or a persistent cold that is preventing you from doing what you really enjoy (running in my case), now is a great time to look forwards and make plans for the New Year.
You don’t have to be training for the Marathon des Sables, simply wanting to cut down on the booze or eat less rubbish can be the trigger to helping you feel better and happier. But how do you stay on track? By finding stuff to keep you motivated of course. So here are four healthy things to in 2015 that will inspire, motivate and keep you on the right side of healthy.
Thanks to small group classes, HIIT-style circuits and a range of their own specially-designed resistance machines, Speedflex is not just a brilliant way to burn off calories in a small amount of time (classes are 45 minutes long).
As part of the package, you are offered an initial health assessment (measuring muscle mass, target weight, BMI, percentage body fat and visceral fat), which helps you focus on becoming fitter, healthier, stronger or whatever you aim to do. Throughout the classes you are also hooked up to a system measuring your heart rate which allows you to see if you are really pushing it hard enough and how many calories you have burned in the 45 minutes. Whether you’re a serious athlete or complete beginner, being able to compare your data over the weeks can be that extra bit of impetus to keep going.
With studios currently in London, Newcastle and Leeds (with more coming soon), it’s worth trying out if you enjoy group sessions that make a difference. Speedflex is also fantastic cross-training for runners as all the exercises are low-impact.
To try out your first class for free, click here.
Calling all foodies, health fans or people who just want tips on how to eat better. The brand new BBC Good Food Eat Well Show is coming to London on 27 February – 1 March. Learn how to balance a healthy lifestyle with your love of good food.
See inspirational guests such as Davina McCall and Jenni Falconer and enjoy live cookery demos from healthy eating experts like Natasha Corrett and Marcus Bean. Get involved with in-depth discussions on food-related issues, and discover a host of healthy food products to try and buy. Intrigued? I know I am. Will is inspire me to finally dust off my many cook books? Hmm, the jury is out. It does however look like a lot of fun.
Well tickets are now on sale! Just quote EW20S when purchasing to receive 20% off tickets until 31 January 2015. Click here to find out more.
Missed out on a Spring marathon? Or want to try a half for the first time? Well, you could always head East to the oh-so-trendy Hackney and have a go at the half marathon on 10 May 2015. As a runner of the inaugural Vitality Hackney Half back in June this year, I have to say it was a pretty well-organised route with plenty of stewards along the course and plenty of support – think race with a party vibe. You can read my thoughts on the Vitality Hackney Half here. I’ll be there in one form or another just a month after the epic Marathon des Sables, so come join me stumbling along the 13.1-mile route.
To sign up for Vitality Run Hackney, click here.
Come meet me at the ‘Barre’ at one of the new exciting fitness classes launched by City Academy in 2015. More specifically, Barre Fit Workout. Based on Pilates and ballet barre work, this hour-long group session conditions your muscles while giving you an all-over body workout. I recently tried a taster class and let’s just say my arms felt it the next day after lifting relatively light weights a gazillion times. You also don’t need to have any dance experience to take part in this class as the instructor takes you through all the exercises thoroughly. If you’re interested in having a go, there is a taster session on 6 January 2015 (£10). A six-week course costs £50 (now that is pretty reasonable in my book).
For more information on Barre Fit Workout, click here.