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E is for Exercise!

Exercise - how much exercise do you manage to fit into a week?

People who do regular activity have a lower risk of many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and some cancers.

Research shows that physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress,depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Too busy to exercise? How about including exercise in your daily routine. Can you walk to work or cycle? Does your work have the Cycle Scheme available, allowing you to get a bike at a reduced cost plus spread the cost? Can you schedule in some activity during your lunch break or before/after work? Maybe you need the motivation of group fitness to get you moving? Or maybe a personal trainer to be accountable to? Or maybe just meeting up with friends and going for a run? Either way it has to be manageable and, ideally, fun!

What is available in Bath/Bristol?

Bath has lots of gyms that offer exercise classes to suit all abilities, ages and efforts - here are a few ideas for starters:

MoveGB - Covering Bath & Bristol

One membership to hundreds of local gyms, studios and classes. Free trial available. So much choice that there must be something near you and that you fancy trying! Zumba? Yoga? Kettlebells? Swimming? Dancing? As an extra benefit there are lots of discounted add on activities for members including discounted massage and reflexology with me for only £30 per session, book as many sessions as you like at this rate! I am also a member and enjoy the flexibility and choice of classes at very reasonable rates. Membership includes use of the Bath Leisure Centre, Fitness First (for a small charge), YMCA, Phase One plus lots of other local gyms - definitely worth a look! Website: MoveGB

Fit Guru Gym & Physiotherapy Clinic - South of Bath

If you prefer smaller independent gyms then Fit Guru is a friendly, local gym that has the latest in cardiovascular and weight-training equipment, providing training rigs, squat racks, Olympic bars, cable machines, punch bags, battling ropes, suspension training kits, tyres, sleds, med balls... and more! Bespoke training programmes and affordable personal training sessions available. No joining fee and no contract either. There is a good social scene and it is a gym that focuses on the members and getting results. The gym enter a team for Tough Mudder every year and there is a summer and Christmas social.

More information here

British Military Fitness

For something a bit different and enjoying the outdoors then why not try a class in Royal Victoria Park?

British Military Fitness (BMF) outdoor fitness classes are a proven and trusted way of getting fit, losing weight and feeling great. The average total calories burned during a session across all three groups (blue, red, and green) is 640. More info here

Running Clubs

Fancy running? Not sure where to start - then see this link of local clubs in Bath. Lots of choice and all levels welcome, from beginner to advanced - see link

Try Active

More information here

Training Tips

A useful guide here

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