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.....

Banish the negative commitee , have confidence in yourself and go for it!

  “What” and “If” are two small words but  powerful in the English Language What if I can’t do it? What if it doesn’t work? What if people laugh? These all plants that seed of doubt in your head and introduces the “negative committee”. But what if you flip it around.. What if I can do this? What if I succeed? What if everyone loves it? Life is generally crazy and chaotic but it’s also so good to step back at times, out of your bubble and realise we are all human. We may get over whelmed, have lots to juggle, doubt ourselves and can make mistakes and that’s fine. Look at the Oscar’s for a classic example of this and how gracious the La La Land team were. So, don’t worry if you feel over whelmed. Just stop, step back and try and get some clarity in what you are trying to achieve. Stop procrastinating and believe in yourself- whether that be to start running, re-decorating a room/starting a spring clean in your house, planning an amazing holiday or having a career change. Banish the negative committee, have confidence in yourself and go for...

Are You ready to make 2017 the year for YOU? Book Pilates via Our App, FitBit links for Class and introducing new S.H.A.PE Online

I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas break. It is such a special time of the year to spend time with friends and family and remembering loved ones. We had an amazing few days of hosting, eating, drinking, singing, dancing and much laughter at our house. This was followed by a pyjama day on the 27th! Back at Work or in Hibernation? If you are now back at work well done you- hopefully it is a quieter time of year to catch up on any outstanding work and just generally get organised for the New Year. If you are still in hibernation mode having lazy mornings walking around with severe bed hair, watching Christmas classics and trying not to stand on random bits of Lego- well done you too. It’s a great time to re-charge batteries and have some important downtime. Did you get a fitbit tracker for Christmas? Or want to book classes even quicker with our Pilates Mindbody App? You can sync the MINDBODY® app with your Fitbit® activity tracker to quickly access data on your classes, appointments, and enrollments. The app will show active minutes and calories burned during your workout, as well as heart rate data if you have a compatible device. Plus, it will retroactively sync with past workouts-even if you’re new to the MINDBODY app. Download the Pilates Booking App    Don’t forget to book your regular classes , (spaces filling up fast) We are running extra evening Barre and Beginners pilates from the 16th January too. Book Pilates and Barre classes via www.hertspilates.co.uk/timetable or the app Here we come 2017.. Looking forward...

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