Seasonal Self Care

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It can be a little bit crazy in the lead up to Christmas; rushing around ensuring you have got the shopping sorted, whether that be groceries or presents, most likely both! Perhaps you also have a list of social activities to attend, lucky you if this is the case?

At the beginning of each week, or even better on a Sunday evening look in your diary and see where you can schedule time for yourself and actually block this time out.

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What you choose to do in this slot is entirely up to you and can be anything from a 5 minute meditation to a one-hour massage, the choice is yours. At the moment, I am loving buying essential oils or scented candles which give a festive fragrance to the house as well as a calming flame to read a book or magazine by, I have also got back into a regular meditation practice.

I’ve learnt about these fabulous Mindful Doodles and Meditation workshops recently and can’t wait to attend one in 2018.

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If you can get into these good habits now, you will be ahead of the game in the New Year when everyone is busy making and subsequently failing with their resolutions!

Please follow my Facebook page (click on the picture below) where I will be offering some advice in my 12 days of wellness campaign starting Wednesday 13th December.

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Emma Fitness

 

 

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Black Friday? No, a colourful 2018!

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Today is Black Friday when it all goes a bit crazy as people try to get a good deal in time for Christmas; unfortunately it doesn’t always show the human race at it’s best. I still remember a news item from a couple of years ago where people were literally climbing over each other to purchase a television which they probably didn’t even need, they were also being rude and abusive to members of the shop staff.

A good deal for me isn’t about money, although I have to be honest it is nice to get something cheaper, but more important than that is the service that you receive and the overall experience. At the moment I am planning how I want 2018 to look and these are my thoughts so far:

  • Regular Kegels and Cake workshops throughout the year to introduce ladies to core and pelvic floor function
  • Collaborating with a local life/business coach to run workshops and possibly launch an online programme
  • Revisit and tweak my 21 Day Happy Hormone Challenge
  • Introduce programmes for Optimal Health post Hysterectomy and Breast Cancer Recovery
  • Rebrand myself
  • Hold Retreats throughout the year for frazzled women

I will look deeply into each of these to ensure that not only are expectations met but also exceeded, if someone walks out of a session or event with me with their head held high and a smile on their face that my work has been successful and I can walk out in a similar stance.

Have an awesome week.

Emma

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Remember, remember the 5th of November!

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Fail to plan – plan to fail!

I’ve planned my blog topics until the end of the year and today is meant to be with a firework theme, slight problem in that I can’t get any inspiration to write on this topic. Not a problem though, just because you have a plan doesn’t meant you have to stick to it.

The same is true of exercise.

Plan your schedule each week but with the knowledge that this can always be tweaked, refined and adapted. The most important thing is that you have the best intentions and keep moving!

With the clocks going back last weekend and the onset of colder, darker evenings November has the potential to be a depressing time of year, however I am looking forward and planning how I want 2018 to look both privately in my family life and professionally with my business.

The take away message of this blog is don’t leave it until January to make plans for 2018, get ahead of the game and set your goals now. When everyone is making their New Year Resolutions you will already be well on your way to achieving your first targets.

“Everybody has their own Mount Everest they were put on this earth to climb.”

~ Seth Godin

 

Charity begins at home..

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In June 2008 we lost our Mum to cancer and as you would expect it was a massive loss to our family; her final days were spent in a hospice but I have no doubt that this difficult period in my life has shaped my decisions and life choices in the years that have followed.

Mum’s final days were spent at Pilgrims Hospice in Ashford and over the years we have raised thousands of pounds for them and am sure will continue to do so, but as Emma Fitness I am proud to be supporting Heart of Kent Hospice by joining their 100 Club. Over the next 12 months I have committed to raising £1000 for them alongside other local businesses.

During November I will be donating 5% of my earnings, so if you are signing up for Buggy Fitness or booking in a course of Personal Training sessions you will also be supporting this very worthwhile cause.

Over the next few weeks I will be revealing my fundraising plan for the next year, but I would love to hear from you if you have any ideas or would perhaps even like to collaborate.

Emma

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Pumpkin Party!

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We’ve been blessed with good weather during this half term holiday so today we took advantage of the sunshine and spent the morning at Pumpkin Moon.

Every year I see a variety of pumpkin collecting photos on Facebook and this year we finally made it there ourselves. We spent 2-3 hours outside in which time there was plenty of wheelbarrow pushing, pumpkin lifting and a whole load of steps walked (7320 to be precise). Good postural techniques incorporating teaching points that I cover during Holistic Core Restore® courses were adopted, so I was getting an “all-round” workout without having to set foot in the gym and the added bonus of being outside in the fresh air, plus receiving a dose of Vitamin D. This is one of the reasons that I love teaching Buggy Fitness, it doesn’t matter if it is sunshine or showers it is always good to be out in the great outdoors, excellent for body, mind and soul.

Once the kids have gone back to school and you are in need of some r & r, don’t forget our retreat; if you are lucky you might snap up one of the final few places.

Now to dig out some fab pumpkin recipes, sweet or savoury – what’s your flavour?

 

Half Term Havoc

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So if you are like me and have the children on half term holiday next week, you might find it a bit of a struggle to follow your normal exercise routine. Getting to the gym or a class is difficult when you have small people around.

All is not lost though, you just need to be creative:

  1. Can you clock up some steps by walking to the local park, maybe even go on the swings yourself – great for the core?
  2. Dust off your bike and go out for a ride, you can take this healthy snack as a treat to eat halfway through.
  3. Get up early to go for a walk or run and then enjoy a healthy glow for the remainder of the day.
  4. Undo the wrapper of the exercise DVD you bought months ago and have never got around to watching. Get the kids involved and all dance around the lounge like crazy loons.

And after the children have gone back to school what better way to reward yourself and prepare for the Christmas madness by booking on to our retreat?

Have a great week.

Emma

 

Time for you….

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Today try a walking meditation in a park or garden. Walk extra slowly, synchronizing your breathing with your steps, so with each step you take a breath in or out. This connects you with your body.

Are you constantly spinning your way through the week ?

Are you trying to juggle work, family, home and struggling to keep all balls in the air?!

Our bodies are still wired to prehistoric times, but our stressors have changed dramatically over thousands of years. Previously we would have encountered a deadly animal whilst walking out in the wild searching for food. The natural response here was fight or flight, do we stay and fight or do we run the hell out of there??!! Whatever decision is made a substance is released to stimulate the adrenals to release adrenaline and cortisol. This provides the body with everything it needs to react quickly.

Once the threat is gone, our adrenals stop pumping hormones and everything should return to normal.

Previously – YES!

In our lives today – NO!

Today we are not a spear-wielding attacker of a sabre tooth tiger, we are fighting deadlines, traffic and children! This means we are often functioning on a low-level chronic stress, so are in a constant state of over-production of adrenaline and cortisol.

It’s time Stop, Relax and Rejuvenate, which is why we are so keen for as many people to join us as possible at Westhenhanger Castle for our one day retreat on Sunday 19th November.

This one day retreat will allow you some time to STOP,  giving you the opportunity to try some new experiences from one of our many workshops and meditations or maybe even treating yourself to a beautiful treatment.

For this day YOU are the priority, enjoy some free time, take a walk within the grounds or sit back and chill out next to a roaring fire in the impressive castle itself, then enjoy your high tea which is included in the price.

This retreat is a digital detox which means no mobiles phones or devices, drop them off at the door and collect when you leave. There will be a contact number at the castle if needs be, however allow yourself to hand anything to do with everyday life at the door and totally immerse into your retreat and connection to yourself on this day.

The retreat is for ladies only and run by ladies, no dress code (apart from something that is comfortable and allows for movement in a gentle exercise class) just bring your amazing selves.

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe

Have a great week.

Emma