Wild and Wet but Spring is just around the corner..

Having just returned from a long weekend in wet and slightly wild Wales I am now looking forward to more Spring like weather. Driving through Crickhowell, along roads which had morphed into rivers and fields into lakes really portrayed the power of nature.We love the Brecon Beacons with its wild and unforgiving landscape which is why the army were also out in force training – it looked a bit like the Who Dares Wins SAS programme on Channel 4! So the good news is the mornings and evenings are getting lighter which means more time outdoors to walk the dog, go for a run, walk more and do some gardening or just generally get more Vitamin D! Hooray! Class wise- we have a 6 week block of Pilates and Barre starting next week 24th February. We look forward to seeing you in...

Goodbye Dry, Detox January- Hello Fun, Fit February

So it’s February already and there may still be snow lingering but at least the mornings and evenings are getting lighter and the snowdrops are starting to appear. We at Herts Pilates HQ have survived dry January, detox January (no sugar, dairy or caffeine) and feel fighting fit to face February (with the odd glass of wine in front of the fire). It is amazing though how a few changes including drinking more water everyday, increasing daily exercise, cutting out the snacks and re-tweaking your mindset can have such a positive effect on your well-being. Now I know lots of people join the gym, have new resolutions, start dry January but as an individual effort they may not last long or have a huge impact. Putting them together eg more daily exercise, steps, no snacking, cut back on coffee, 5 minutes a day meditation (look at apps HeadSpace and Calm) can have a massive positive effect. It really doesn’t matter if you have an off day or can’t stick to something rigidly- small changes offer big rewards. So, go on give it a try and remember with fitness and well-being it is not just the outcome that we focus on but the journey along the...

Be Inspired By Strictly…

At Herts Pilates HQ we love Strictly Come Dancing… the razle, dazzle, amazing choreography and dancer’s journey. This year Johnnie Peacock in particular has been a complete inspiration! Having never danced before and being the first Paraolympian on the show, and always wanting to be treated equal – he has been fantastic. He really does show that if you put your mind to it anything is possible. So like us if you have been struggling with the early mornings since the clocks changed, are dreading all the Xmas to do lists, have piles of paperwork that just seems to move around the house , don’t worry! Sit down have a cup of tea and think about what is possible today in the timescales and in your mindset. If you don’t want to tackle the paperwork today don’t do it- tomorrow you may wake up feeling ready for it! If you are feeling rundown then don’t go out on a 5km run today, instead try some relaxation or meditation. So, don’t worry/panic if you can’t tackle everything in one go. Prioritise in relation to how you feel and urgency of the task in hand and ensure you have time to rest as this time of year gets a little crazy! If you you are starting to look at New Years Resolutions think about Johnnie Peacock and aim high and above all...

3 top tips to prevent stress and anxiety… it is time to focus on you!

So the kids are back at school, everything has ramped up, and you are already juggling work, school, home, dog etc! So lets try and stop that feeling of ARGHHH!! before it even comes..   1)Build in some relaxation and respite into your daily routine… With the digital world it become sharder to switch off but you must! Be it kicking off your shoes and walking in the garden (barefoot?), having a cuppa in peace and quiet, listening to your favourite song, doing a crossword. Just stop, breathe, do it and enjoy it!   2) Move.. This is not just from A to B but actually move and get your heart rate up! We all know the benefits of exercise, lowering stress hormones eg cortisol and releasing happy endorphins , so build regular exercise into your routine(has to be something you enjoy!) Remember every little bit counts from switching your chair to a swiss ball(core stability), to taking the stairs and not the lift, to parking further away- it all helps.   3) We Are What We Eat.. Ditch the white bread, crisps and coffee (worsen stress) and pack a healthy lunch and snacks- vege sticks and hummous, nuts to snack on, sweet potato with feta (quick lunch)   Self care is so important as life is often so hectic and challenging. Don’t just think of it as an annual holiday with a few mini breaks thrown in. Take time out every day- even if just 5 minutes. It will pay off big time in the long...

It’s time to Spring Clean You!

Yes the sun is starting to shine, the trees are budding, birds are singing and the lighter days and evenings puts everyone in a better mood. I don’t know about you but I always go into spring cleaning mode at this time of year- cleaning out cupboards, numerous trips to the local dump, bags to local charity shops and generally trying to feel more organised. This is all great for your house and helps to de-fog the brain but let’s focus on you and your body a bit more now before the summer comes: Top Tips for Feeling Energised Keep hydrated- try to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day and if possible ditch/switch caffeine for herbal teas Swap processed meals for cook from scratch scrumptious meals. This takes a little bit of organising initially but you will feel much fuller for longer. Get organised for “me” time- 5-10 minutes a day of quiet time does wonders for your thought process. You may just sit and focus on breathing, read a book, have a cup of tea (herbal:) just try and clear your thoughts rushing around Plan a routine-Get up 10 minutes earlier (no excuse now its lighter) and practise 10 minutes of Pilates to start the day feeling fab! Get out and about- don’t sit at your desk for lunch, walk the longer way to work, park further away from school- whatever it takes to get walking and aim for minimum 10,000 steps a day (ideally 12-15000) So let’s do this and start your journey to feeling fab for summer.....

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