Festive Fitness – Rock your Asana

Rock Your Asana - Power Ballads meets YogaLooking to do something different for your office festive activities? Why not get your party started with our Rock you Asana workplace fitness class.  

‘Rock your Asana’ is one of our workplace Festive Fitness Class options and brings together two great things…Power ballads & yoga! 

Rock your Asana Class


Move your body through yoga poses accompanied by a soundtrack of some of the greatest musical creations of our time. Asana to ‘Aerosmith’, bust out a Bakasana to ‘Bon Jovi’, a Sarvangasana to ‘Starship’ and Fierce Pose to ‘Foreigner’. There will of course be the occasional Christmas track for seasonal fun! 

Rock your Asana - Power Ballard meets YogaIt’s great for team building, will energise staff and get the festive spirit going in preparation for your office Christmas party whilst burning a few extra of those Christmas calories! 

This fun class is for EVERY BODY so don’t worry if you’ve never tried Yoga or can’t dance! In Rock Your Asana it doesn’t matter if you can barely see your toes, let alone touch them. All the poses will be offered with modifications, so it’s perfect for even the most un-bendy of bodies.

Our Rock Your Asana class is taught by our fantastic Yoga instructor Meg Jackson.  

Why not also also book a restorative Yoga session for ‘the morning-after’ your Christmas party (or lunchtime!) to help staff recover. 

Find out more about our Festive Fitness Fun class options and book today.
Email info@exerciseinthecity.com

 

 

 

 

 

Dance’ class or ‘Rock your Asana’ (Power Ballads meets Yoga!)… Or perhaps recover the morning after with arestorative Yoga session.  It’s great for team building, will energise staff in preparation for your office Christmas party (or recovery after!) whilst burning a few extra of those Christmas calories. Find out more below and also our top tips to help you

 

Tips for staying healthier in the workplace this festive season

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Team Christmas lunches, tins of chocolate by the photocopier, mince pies in the kitchen… As we get closer to the festive season the workplace can be filled with temptation.


Here are our five top tips to help you stay (a little!) healthier whilst at work

1) Get some air and natural light
Natural lightWith shorter days it’s harder to get our dose of Vitamin D from direct sunlight on our skin. Especially if you commute in the dark.  From early April to the end of September most of us get all the vitamin D we need from sunlight. But between October and March we don’t get enough*. So take your lunch break, get outside and go for a walk.

We need vitamin D to help the body absorb calcium and phosphate from our diet which is important for healthy bones, teeth and muscles. NHS website has information on how you can get more vitamin D into your diet.

2)  Drink plenty of water
woman drinking waterAlcohol consumption may increase a little around this time and your next day headache is a sign you might be dehydrated! NHS guidelines advise about 1.2 litres (six to eight glasses) of fluid every day.  TIP: It’s important not to sit all day, so rather than just keeping a litre bottle of water by your desk, use a glass that you physically get up and refill.

3)  Include some Festive Fitness to your workplace party celebrations! 
Why not do something different for your office Christmas activities and organise one of our workplace festive fitness classes! You could get your party started with our ‘Desk to Dance’ class or Rock your Asana (Power Ballads meets Yoga!) … or perhaps you might need to recover the morning after with a restorative Yoga session.

Restorative Yoga session at TfLAs well as burning off a few extra Christmas calories, it’s a great fun team building activity and will energise you in preparation for your office party (or recovery after).

Find out more about our festive workplace fitness classes 

4) Avoid the office germs
cold-cover-handkerchief.jpgWe’ve had a glorious long summer and the sudden drop in temperature means sniffs and sneezes around the office are rife. Try and reduce your risk of catching colds by; washing your hands regularly, staying warm (keep a spare jumper of cardigan in your bag) and avoid snotty tissues on your desk. If your colleague is sneezing next to you, ask nicely that they bin used tissues as quickly as possible!

5) Find your balance
Treats at workLife is all about balance and the odd day of indulging yourself is not going to harm you. It’s a fun time of the year after all, and it’s no good for our wellbeing if we spend time stressing about how much we’ve eaten or feeling guilty. So don’t completely deny yourself Christmas treats. Make the most of this festive period and your relaxed office vibes.

 

Reference *NHS website – Vitamin D advice

World Mental Health Day – 10 October

Today is World Mental Health Day. At least one in six workers experiences common mental health problems, including anxiety and depression. Work is often one of the biggest causes of stress in people’s lives. *

With this in mind we’ve listed some useful resources employers and managers can access to support their staff and colleagues mental health. 

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The average person in Britain says “I’m fine” at least 14 times a day, according to research conducted by the Mental Health Foundation, but how often do they actually mean it?”

Time to Change are encouraging people to #AskTwice if someone replies with “fine thanks”.

Find out more about how your organisation can get involved in Time to Change ‘Ask Twice’ campaign

 

*According to research by Mental Health charity Mind

 

Mental Health Awareness Week

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This years campaign lead by the Mental Health Foundation is focusing on stress.

According to a new survey from the charity, over the past year almost three quarters (74%) of people have at some point felt so stressed that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.

We’ve pulled together some organisations and useful resources for individuals who might be dealing with stress and to help employers support their employees’ mental health and wellbeing. 

DID YOU KNOW? Mental health problems are all too common in the workplace and it is the leading cause of sickness absence. 70 million work days are lost each year due to mental health problems in the UK, costing employers approximately £2.4 billion per year.*

Top Santé Magazine – Fit tip of the month

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Top Santé Magazine   November 2017
Our Founder Julia featured in Top Santé Magazine this month with her fit tip for keeping more active in the workplace during the festive season.  

Team lunches, office parties, chocolate everywhere!… with so many temptations in the workplace, it can be hard to find the time and motivation to exercise in December. Find easy ways to be more active during your working day. Anything that gets your heart beating a little faster will help; An active commute – walk, run or cycle to work. Use your lunch break – organise a workplace fitness class or go for a brisk walk with colleagues.  Take to the stairs – 15 minutes up and down your office stairwell will burn a few extra calories. Or park further away from work – you’ll be amazed how many more steps you’ll achieve.

Sky News – Top tips for getting active in the workplace

Sky News LogoOur Founder Julia Scodie featured on Sky News yesterday with her top tips for getting active in the workplace.

Julia Scodie - Sky News Interview

Julia was asked to comment following Public Health England’s (PHE) shocking statement that six million adults in England are so physically inactive that they are not even doing ‘a monthly brisk 10-minute walk’.

According to PHE the severity of the current physical inactivity epidemic amongst adults contributes to 1 in 6 deaths in the UK and is costing the NHS over £0.9 billion per year.

You’ll be able to view the full Sky News interview here shortly. In the meantime here are Julia’s top tips to help you get more active during the working week. 

Add a brisk walk to your commute
By simply getting off the tube or bus a stop earlier or parking a little further away from your office or station, if you drive, you can easily increase the amount of physical activity you’re doing each day.

Julia Scodie - Sky News Interview

Quick & easy stretch you can do at your desk

Deskercise
Every hour or so  try some simple stretches and exercises you can do seated or standing at your desk. Great for improving posture too rather then sitting slumped at your computer all day.

Use your lunch break  
Get into the habit of leaving your desk and making the most of your lunch break. Take a walk or even organise a fitness class at your office for you and your colleagues. We can help with that!

Create an active culture in your team
If you struggle to motivate yourself, encourage your colleagues to join you too. Why not think about organising a weekly walking session with your team? Make it part of your routine. Or even planning ‘walking meetings’ – much better than being sat in a stuffy meeting room!

 

Public Health England Report: 6 million adults do not do a monthly brisk 10 minute walk

Sky News article: Millions fail to walk briskly for 10 minutes a month

 

 

Jacqueline Gold’s WOW Winner

Jacqueline Gold’s Women on Wednesday Winner!We were one of three businesses chosen by Jacqueline Gold for her Women in Business Award Exercise in the City Founder, Julia Scodie, with Jacqueline Gold at Ann Summers HQback in 2015.

Since then we’ve had some amazing opportunities to work with Jacqueline, including a mentoring lunch at the Ivy, London last year, and a full day of mentoring at Ann Summers Head office in August.

Jacqueline is passionate about supporting female founders, and it was so inspirational to learn more about how she has grown Ann Summers to the huge brand it is today.  It was a fantastic day at Ann Summers HQ.

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In addition to a fabulous goodie bag (of course!) our founder, Julia had the opportunity to meet with her team of Directors and a Q&A session with Jacqueline.

It was also really great to meet with some other inspirational women and fellow winners who have all set up their own businesses too.

Ann Summers HQ - Mentor Day with Jacqueline Gold , our founder Julia scoping the building!

We’re so grateful to Jacqueline for choosing Exercise in the City for her Women in Business Award and for taking so much time to spend with and advise us.

Find out more about Jacqueline Gold’s #WOW Campaign

Q & A with Jacquline at our mentor day - Ann Summers HQ

 

 

 

 

 

Nominated for #BeActive Workplace Award

European Week of Sport #BeActive Awards 2017Exciting news… we’ve been selected by ukactive as the UK nomination for the #BeActive Workplace Award for 2017. It’s part of the European Week of Sport taking place this September. 

The #BeActive Workplace Award is one of three categories for the 2017 European Week of Sport Awards (EWoS).  The #BeActive Workplace award celebrates those who most promote EWoS objectives to enhance participation in physical activity in the workplace and encourage employees to #BeActive.

Nominations have been submitted from EWoS partners across Europe and ukactive, the UK’s leading not-for-profit health body for the physical activity sector, selected Exercise in the City for the UK nomination.

We’re delighted to have been nominated by ukactive and we’ll find out if we’ve been selected as one of the finalists in the coming weeks… in the meantime, fingers crossed and watch this space!!

You can find out more about EWoS and the #BeActive Awards here

Public Health Chief supports lunchtime exercise classes

In an interview with the Observer this weekend Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Public Health England, cited; lunchtime Yoga classes, walking meetings and workplace running clubs as just some of the positive steps businesses can take to improve staff wellbeing.Restorative Yoga session at TfL

Selbie said in the interview “SMEs are the backbone of the nation’s workforce and can kickstart a revolution in helping their staff to improve their health. People spend 30, 40 or sometimes 50 hours a week at work. That’s a unique opportunity for employers to use that big chunk of someone’s week to care for their health,”

“Employers could adopt group exercise challenges, such as ‘Couch to 5k’ or lunchtime run clubs, and promote active travel like cycling to work. Being regularly active is one of the best ways to prevent and manage poor musculoskeletal health and combat stress, which are both major causes of sickness absence”

Teach First - Abs blast classWe at Exercise in the City are passionate about getting workplaces active and bring Yoga, Pilates, Circuits, Bootcamp and more of your favourite fitness classes to workplaces across London. Our clients tell us how much they benefit from our classes, so we were delighted to hear PHE encouraging businesses to promote physical activity and employee health and wellbeing initiatives.

To find out more about the classes we offer and to book a workplace fitness class with us email info@exerciseinthecity.com

Read more from the interview here (Source; Guardian)