May 232016
 
Hello everyone!
If like me you like your food (always!), I find there is always a dip mid afternoon when I am so hungry and waiting to eat until dinner time is unthinkable!  Well thank you to Jody who has shown me the light and introduced me to Madeline Shaw’s recipe for Protein Balls, totally yummy!  These are perfectly sized energy boosts that are healthy, clean and most importantly easy to make!  In fact they are loaded up with protein and maca powder which is a superfood that boosts vitality.  Please try them they are delicious!
Ok so here is the recipe:
100g oats, 150g almonds, 50g raw cocoa, 1tbsp of maca powder, pinch of salt, 3 tbsp of honey, 100g almond butter and 2 tbsp of coconut oil.  Ok so blend the oats and almonds together in a food processor then add the cocoa, maca and salt.  Blend for 1 minute then add the honey, almond butter and coconut oil.  Roll the mixture into 12-14 balls and put into the fridge to set.  Oh my goodness they are good, Richard added dried blueberries and dates for a different taste.  I, of course, will be very happy to try your concoctions…..especially mid afternoon!
Image result for protein ballsOk so they aren’t going to win any beauty contests but they sure do taste good.
http://madeleineshaw.com/
 Posted by at 3:18 pm
May 232016
 
Classes will be as per normal next Monday 30th May which of course is Bank Holiday, please join me for either Pilates at Barnack at 11.15 or at Great Casterton at 6.15.
I am then on holiday from Monday 6th June and classes will be restarting on Monday 13th June, very exciting! So that means that 13th June will be the beginning of our next 5 week package.  Please enjoy this week off and I’m not going to be taking any more time off for a LONG time!!
 Posted by at 3:12 pm
Apr 252016
 

Last Thursday over 20 of you took part in our walk/tea and cake afternoon to raise money for Rosie who was running the London Marathon in aid of the St John’s Ambulance.  Well I’m so pleased to tell you that we walked over 6.5 miles and indeed ate lots of cake and drank lots of tea….oh and did I mention there was lots of chatting going on too!  Rosie sent me this little message to you all ‘To everybody that came for the walk yesterday around Wellies a huge thank you from me and extra special thanks to Louise who organised it and filled the afternoon with her usual enthusiasm.  I raised £264.37p and was over the moon.

 Posted by at 3:04 pm
Apr 132016
 

Wowee! Have you seen BBC’s How to Stay Young? It confirms what our Dancefit ladies have been saying for years – its good for you and keeps you feeling young!! The programme confirms that dancing stimulates more muscles, tests your flexibility and uses your brain and your balance. It’s more “comprehensive and holistic.”  Ok so you don’t have to become a vegan but why not try our Dancefit classes, they are sure to make you fitter and will make you smile lots!

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2016-04-07/how-to-stay-young-become-a-dancing-dog-loving-vegan

 

How to stay young? Become a dancing, dog-loving vegan

 Posted by at 4:18 pm
Apr 052016
 

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Feeling self-conscious before trying a new class or new-to-you fitness move? These tips can help you to push past self doubt and rock your workout – everytime!

DO YOUR RESEARCH – If you are thinking of starting either a Pilates or Dancefit class but you have never even attended any class or even tried on lycra, don’t worry!  Do your research, look at my website www.stamfordpilates.co.uk and look up articles on either class – this will make you feel automatically at ease when you do start a class. Our classes have a great reputation on making newcomers feel at ease, and on being very welcoming, I’m proud of you all!

DRESS THE PART – This doesn’t mean that you must go out and buy lots of new expensive clothes, this just means putting something on that makes you feel comfortable – perhaps it’s a great headband, those knee-high socks that just won’t quit, or your new trainers. Something that makes you feel perfectly you.  In our classes you don’t need the latest sports brands, in fact lots of my workout clothes are given to me by friends and I only wear what I love and feel comfortable in.

REMEMBER: EVERYONE’S BEEN THERE – In Sam Smith’s words, you’re not the only one!  Everyone —men and women—can feel worried about what they are doing in class at times. Even more reassuring: everyone’s so worried about themselves that they’re hardly paying attention to you—seriously. While you may feel like people are noticing that you don’t have a clue how to box step or what a downdog is, or if know your bicep from your tricep, trust me—no one is watching!

GO EASY ON YOURSELF – Switching things up is intimidating enough, so don’t also worry about nailing every move when you’re trying something different,  go for the modified poses/steps in classes until you feel comfortable with your form—then dial up the intensity when you feel you can!

So I hope that goes some way to alleviate any fears or worries you may have, it would just be great to see you at class!

 Posted by at 5:38 pm
Mar 162016
 

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Classes will be running as normal over the Easter 2016 period – so see you on Good Friday for Dancefit 9.30am at Empingham Audit Hall and on Easter Monday see you at 11.15am at Barnack Village Hall and 6.15pm at Great Casterton Village Hall.  There may be a few Easter treats on offer!

 Posted by at 5:35 pm
Mar 162016
 

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Getting fit, it can seem intimidating, between all the different workout options or simply the question of ‘Am I looking silly?’ Although all the advice on repetitions and different types of exercises might send you headed for the hills, there’s no need to panic, as there are a number of tips that can help.  Just because you haven’t been doing Pilates for five years doesn’t mean you should be intimidated by a down dog, or if you are new to Dancefit and don’t know how to grapevine (please ask!) and having a little bit of helpful fitness advice can make all the difference in motivating you to exercise – and enjoy it!

1. Stay Balanced

It can be tempting to get overzealous with your newfound motivation, but don’t try to run too many miles or do too many sit ups all at once.  Ask if it works with your daily schedule and your exercise preferences?  A good rule to follow: Include at least four cardio exercises and one or two strength/stretch sessions such as Pilates. Use the off days to allow your muscles time to recover and get stronger.

2. Don’t Get Stuck On a Treadmill

When beginning a workout, it’s important to try different exercises to see what works best for you. New exercisers often do the same routine for the same duration and at the same intensity every time they work out, so you’ll either die of boredom or over work yourself. Changing the way you workout can also prevent you from hitting a plateau.

3. Know When To Take A Break

If you don’t give your body time to heal and repair itself, your performance will go down and you’ll get into a vicious cycle where you never fully recover.  Exercising too much can lead to chronic fatigue, so give yourself a day of rest or do a more easygoing and relaxing workout on your off days.

4. Don’t Get Stuck On The Numbers

It can be tempting to constantly check your heart rate or running time, but when used too frequently, these tools can turn a healthy activity into a competitive obsession. Every now and then, go unplugged and focus your attention on what your body is telling you. Move at a pace that feels good, listen to your body, and enjoy the experience. Remember that all exercise is good for your body, and you don’t need to to beat records to reap its health benefits.

 Posted by at 5:32 pm