Feb 272018
 

Well it does seem like such a long time since we were all last at classes, I’m now getting so excited to be restarting classes on….

Monday 9th April 2018!

Just to begin with I will be running the following classes:

Mondays

11.15am Pilates at Barnack Village Hall

6.15pm Pilates at Great Casterton Village Hall

Wednesdays

9.15am Dancefit at Ketton Congregational Hall

10.25am Pilates at Ketton Congregational Hall

Fridays

9.30am Dancefit at Empingham Audit Hall

I will of course be running my 1-1 Pilates sessions on these days so if you would like to book a session please get in touch with me!

See you all soon!

 Posted by at 4:44 pm
Sep 202017
 

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So I am writing this with great excitement but also with a little sadness as I am saying adieu to my classes until mid January 2018 to have our little one!  This is the last week of our classes, most of which have been running continuously for the last 8 years so I will really miss you all- however I will be back! At the moment my ideas is that I will be back roughly mid January and in the mean time will keep this website and FB updated along with sending regular newsletters to you all.

Ok I’m going to stop now, the emotions are running too high! x

 Posted by at 2:30 pm
Aug 242017
 

For years, mothers-to-be have been told to cut back on exercise and take it easy despite the positive effects on body and mind. So how much is OK – and what workouts are recommended?
According to NHS guidelines, you can keep up your normal daily physical activity or exercise for as long as you feel comfortable.
 According to NHS guidelines, you can keep up your normal daily physical activity or exercise for as long as you feel comfortable. Photograph: KidStock/Getty/Blen

‘Stop running, kill the wild swimming and be careful about cycling.” I like my GP – he is a funny, hardworking man, practising in a diverse community with stretched resources. But when I walked into his office, six weeks pregnant, his advice on exercise during pregnancy felt a little like being wrapped in a vacuum bag. I didn’t want to stop exercising. I can’t really afford to stop cycling (thank you Transport for London) and I would genuinely fear for my mental health if I gave up running overnight.

Exercise during pregnancy is controversial. Serena Williams, winner of 23 tennis grand slams, made headlines worldwide on Monday, simply for declaring her plans “to keep exercising for as long as possible while pregnant”. For much of recent history, write the authors of Exercise During the Childbearing Year, “pregnant women were treated as if they had an illness and were subjected to a state of confinement. They were advised to relax, avoid strenuous exertion, and minimise stretching and bending for fear of strangling or squashing the baby”. Even in the first few months, when your body remains bumpless, some people will knit their brow and take a sceptical breath if you say you intend to remain active. You will be warned off lying on your back, swimming anywhere but a pool, lifting anything heavier than a feather and putting any sort of pressure on your joints. But is this advice based on evidence?

Modern scanning techniques, longitudinal studies, improvements in public health and monitoring all mean that we now better understand women’s bodies and the effects of pregnancy. The NHS, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the National Childbirth Trust and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence all recommend moderate exercise during pregnancy, to alleviate or reduce the risk of gestational diabetes, pregnancy-induced hypertension, high gestational weight gain, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Yet, according to the charity Tommy’s (which funds research into miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth), many women still fear that exercise can lead to miscarriage. Tell someone that you are going for a run in even your first trimester and you will be warned to “take it easy” and “be sensible”.

“We go by the principles of Fit: frequency, intensity and time,” says Joan Murphy, co-founder of pregnancy programme Mumhood at London gym Frame. “Reduce the time, distance, weight and how often, but you can keep going. If someone asks ‘can I do this?’ our response is always: ‘Yes,’ followed quickly by: ‘But how does it feel?’”

Murphy’s advice feels like both a licence to behave in a way your body wants and encouragement for when it doesn’t. When she says: “You wouldn’t run a marathon without doing some exercise in preparation, so why go into a marathon labour without getting your body ready?” I find myself slamming my glass on the table and cheering. “If you have a base level of fitness, your body’s used to that,” says Murphy. According to NHS guidelines, you can keep up your normal daily physical activity or exercise for as long as you feel comfortable. There is even some evidence that active women are less likely to experience problems in later pregnancy and labour.

“But there is a list of things you need to be aware of,” warns Murphy. “Stay hydrated, don’t overheat, stop if you feel dizzy. Also, as you get the release of the hormone relaxin, your pelvis will start to move apart and your joints will loosen, so be careful of any impact exercise that will put strain on your hips, knees and ankles. Don’t do anything that really puts you off balance, like skiing or horse riding. This isn’t the time to go for your personal best. This is a time when you have to let go of those expectations. The more you let go, the better it’ll be postnatally.”

Still, there are scores of myths around exercising while pregnant. You may, for example, have heard that exercising on your back after 16 weeks is a no-no. “That’s really old school,” Murphy says, rolling her eyes. “Depending on where the baby is, they could lie on the vein that pumps fresh blood to the heart and stop the blood flow. But when the baby does that – you know. It will be very uncomfortable and you’ll roll over. You will feel if you should be lying on your back. And there are lots of great ways to work on your core without lying on your back, of course. It’s also really important through the whole pregnancy to work on your glutes, because they’re what will hold the pelvis stable. That will help alleviate back pain.”

How about weights? The official advice is to avoid any heavy lifting when pregnant, including children, if you have any. But, as many pregnant women know, this isn’t always practical or desirable. “The risk is pulling muscles; everything is connected in there,” says Murphy, nodding at my stomach. “But strength is more important than anything else in pregnancy. You have to hold this body together. The risk is bringing heavy weights over the head, introducing tension and straining when you’re not used to it. But if you lift weights already then bring it down by 20% as you go through your pregnancy.” By the third trimester, recommended exercises for pregnant women move more into yoga, stretching and practical muscle work to prepare for what is to come.

From experience, the link between physical and mental health – which can become even more important during pregnancy – seems to be the least considered aspect in the broader conversation. The Royal College of Psychiatrists recommends exercise as a key factor in maintaining mental wellbeing during pregnancy, while recent research from the University of Southampton has shown that moderate intensity exercise is associated with lower rates of antenatal depression (which affects around one in 10 women at some point during pregnancy). “We’re all operating on a mental health spectrum and where you sit on that spectrum will change, of course,” says Murphy.

“Fitness can offer you time out, away from your phone, in an environment where you are comfortable, but number one it is about breathing. If you’re feeling stressed or depressed or anxious, you need to breathe properly. And exercise can help you regulate that.”

 Posted by at 5:31 pm
Aug 242017
 
It is with a really really heavy heart that I have decided to temporarily stop running my Tuesday Dancefit class at Empingham, it was one of my first classes that I ever started so to stop it was a really hard decision.  However this class WILL restart in the New Year when all of my other classes restart.  The lovely people at Empingham Audit Hall are keeping this session open until I come back…….with a vengeance!  So our last Tuesday class will be on Tuesday 29th August.  Please don’t despair as my two other Dancefit classes at Ketton on a Wednesday and at Empingham on a Friday are going on with so much strength!
 Posted by at 5:29 pm
Aug 242017
 

Bank Holiday on Monday 28th August
As ever classes will be running as normal this bank holiday – so that means that we will be meeting at Barnack Village Hall for Pilates at 1115am and at Great Casterton Village Hall at 615pm.  So if bank holiday traffic or the weather is making you stay at home, you will be guaranteed a warm welcome at our classes!
 Posted by at 5:27 pm
Jul 262017
 

Well there are lots of changes this month aren’t there?  Just to let you know that our Pilates class at Barnack Village Hall on Monday 14th August will be at a different time, just for that day only.  On this date we will be meeting at Barnack at 1pminstead of the earlier time of 1115am – this is just because I have a hospital appointment early on in the day where I am not allowed to eat all morning and I really don’t want you to have to suffer a class with me where I haven’t eaten – it will be awful trust me, eurggg low blood sugar!

 Posted by at 3:43 pm
Jul 262017
 

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Well there is some exciting news adrift – Empingham Audit Hall is having a spruce up in the way of a new lick of paint!  This means that the hall will be closed to us for the 2 weeks that the maintenance will take place.  Please do not despair as I would really not like for you to miss out on your Dancefit fix, we are taking our classes on tour to …………Edith Weston Village Hall!
We used to have our Zumba classes there years ago so I know what a lovely hall it is.  The hall can be found at 1 Rectory Lane, Edith Weston, LE15 8HE – there is onroad parking.

So this means we will not be at Empingham Audit Hall on the following days but will be at Edith Weston Village Hall:

Tuesday 1st August
Friday 4th August
Tuesday 8th August
Friday 11th August.

After these dates the classes will resume as per normal at Empingham.  No other classes will be affected.

 Posted by at 3:43 pm