A simple way to get more active in 2017

3 steps stacked.jpgWant to do more exercise in 2017 but wondering how you will find the time? Fitting exercise into your busy working week can be a challenge, so let us make it easier for you…  

One of our fantastic fitness instructors will bring your choice of exercise class to you at your workplace… so no excuses!

All you need is a free room or space, push any desks and chairs aside and away you go. Classes can be held during your lunch break, before or after work. It’s a convenient way to fit exercise into your working day. Plus as we come to you every week, it’s easy to keep motivated and stay active through the year.

Pilates, Yoga, HIIT, Circuits, Zumba, Boot camp, Abs Blast and more… We offer your choice of class and will adapt the session to suit your space.

We’re passionate about getting workplaces active and deliver fun classes for all levels. Whether you’re a complete beginner, or a fitness pro, we’re committed to helping you achieve your fitness and health goals.

Classes from just £5 per person… So no excuses not to get, and stay, active in 2017.

To find out more and book a taster class for your workplace contact us today

The Guardian – Wellbeing at Work

the_guardian-logoThe Guardian Online November 2016
Tips on staying healthy in the Workplace

Our founder Julia featured on the expert panel for this live Q&A.

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BBC Radio 4 – Office cake or office workout

radio-4-logoWe featured on BBC Radio 4’s report ‘Cake Culture vs Active Workplaces’.  Listen to hear our Pilates classes at software company, Pivotal, and what staff have to say about how much they value their weekly classes.

Listen to the full report here… we’re at 2 minutes!
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We’ve been bringing lunch break Pilates and Yoga classes to Pivotal for over seven months. Staff tell us how much they enjoy the classes and value the break from their computers.

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Pilates for staff at Girlguiding Head Office

Girlguiding - Pilates class for staffWe’ve been teaching weekly Pilates classes for staff at Girlguiding head office in London since 2012… over four years! It’s been so great to watch staff strengthen and improve so much. 

Catherine joined classes from the beginning and is now a Pilates-pro!…

“I can’t express strongly enough how good it is to be able to take 45 minutes out of a working week to do Pilates with Julia. Everyone knows sitting at a computer all day isn’t the best position to be in but we go back to our desks energised and ready to take on the next challenge. Julia comes to our work and we use one of the bigger meeting rooms with desks pushed to the side.  

Prices for Pilates classes are normally so prohibitively high Exercise in the City is good value, and it’s a massive bonus to have Julia come to us so it’s not a stress or bother getting to a gym or other venue.”
Catherine – Girlguiding head officeGirlguiding staff practicing Pilates in their office

Our Pilates class has proved to be so popular with staff we often have to add an additional class during the week to meet demand.

Classes are organised by staff themselves and take place in either a meeting room or in the kitchen area with chairs stacked and tables pushed aside.
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WeAreTheCity – Are you getting enough exercise?

WATC-logo-PlainWeAreTheCity May 2016
Are you getting enough exercise? 
Finding the time to exercise and get active during your working week is so important. Especially if you spend much of your day sat at a desk.

We wrote a blog post for WeAreTheCity  to mark Workplace Health Week stressing the importance of taking the time to fit physical activity into your working day.
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Workplace Health Week: Win a fitness class at your office

We’re passionate about getting London office workers active and we’re working with London Sport supporting Workplace Health Week (23-27 May) offering you the chance to win a fitness class at your London office.

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Staff at London Sport getting active with a lunch break Pilates class

The Prize
One of our fantastic instructors will come along to your workplace to teach one of our classes. All you need is a free meeting room or space in your office and some willing colleagues!

How to enter
There are five classes up for grabs… simply enter your details below to be in with a chance to win one!

You can double your chances of winning by Following us on Twitter and Tweeting
@EITCLondon I’m aiming to reach my 150 mins exercise this week & I’d love a fitness class at my office for @WorkplaceChall #MakeaDeal2016

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CiFJpDuXEAAb9uzAbout Workplace Health Week
Workplace Health Week is a campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of exercising during the working day.  The focus of this year’s campaign is to ‘Make a deal’, encouraging employers to ‘make a deal’ with their employees, colleagues and themselves to introduce physical activity to their lunchtime routine.

Did you know?
40% of people in England do not exercise enough.

Lack of exercise contributes to an estimated cost of £14.9 billion to businesses in lost working days.

According to recent research from the British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health (BHFNC), employees cited that time was the biggest barrier to exercise and commonly said that a working day and a commute left them feeling tired with little time to exercise in the evening.

To overcome this Workplace Health Week is encouraging employers to focus on flexible working and active lunch breaks to help bring physical activity into and around the working day.

Find out more and sign up to the Workplace Challenge by visiting
www.workplacechallenge.org.uk/London

MCF Corporate Finance Pilates classes

MCF Corporate Finance. Practicing Pilates in reception!MCF Corporate Finance are committed to the health and wellbeing of their employees and provide lunchtime Pilates classes for their staff at their London office. 

Classes take place either in the reception area, one of the offices or whatever space is free on the day.  As you can see from the photos no space is too small!No space too small for Pilates at MCF Corporate Finance You really can do Pilates anywhere.

We love that everyone joins in… from Company Director to Interns. It’s so great for team building.

 

MCF Corporate Finance lunchtime Pilates class“We have lunchtime Pilates classes at our office. What a great way to vary the day and recharge for the afternoon.

Pilates takes away the stress that builds up in our shoulders sitting down so much at the computer. It sets us up for the week.”
Clare – MCF Corporate Finance

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5 Top Tips for Staying Healthier in the Office this Christmas

Hands up if you find yourself reaching into the box of chocolates generously sent by your suppliers every time you walk past the photocopier?!

Team lunches, office Christmas parties… unless you have the willpower of a saint you may find it hard to say no to all the extra temptations on offer as we near Christmas. ‘Tis the season to be jolly after all, so why not treat yourself?!

Here are 5 simple tips to help you try and stay a little healthier this December (Without us being a complete scrooge… bah humbug!)

Drink plenty of waterStay hydrated
If your alcohol intake has increased this month, stay hydrated. Your morning headache, after the night before, could be a sign of dehydration. Hunger is also a warning sign. So it may feel good to quash the hangover with a greasy breakfast on your way into work, but opt for a glass of water instead! The EFSA recommend* women drink 2L a day, men 2.5L. So keep a bottle of water by your desk and stay hydrated.

Remove temptationChocolate temptation
If the lure of chocolate is more than you can take and you find yourself reaching for a Quality Street every half hour, ask a colleague to move (or even hide!) the tin. Out of sight, out of mind!

Go Veggie
Veggie optionYou’ll be eating plenty of Turkey with all the trimmings over the holiday so maybe cut down a little over the next few weeks. Why not try the Vegetarian (or fish) option at your Christmas Lunch? In general the Veggie option will be lower in saturated fat, and just as tasty!

CoffeeBeware of your morning caffeine boost
If you need an extra caffeine boost to get you through the afternoon opt for a ‘skinny’ or soy Latte. Even better, go for a Filter Coffee or Americano. A Tall Starbucks Latte with whole milk contains 4.8g of saturated fat compared with 0.2g with skimmed milk.** If you’re going for festive… beware that a Tall Eggnog Latte has 14.6g!

Get away from your desk and get active
Brace the cold and use your lunch break to go for a brisk walk or jog.Exercise in your office

We’re offering some great festive themed fitness classes too… so why not get us into your workplace and organise a Pilates, Yoga or other Fitness Class for you and your colleagues? Find out more about our classes.

 

 

References
*Starbucks Beverage Nutritional Values: www.starbucks.co.uk/menu/nutrition
**European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Dietary Reference Values for Water: www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/pub/1459

Festive Fitness Fun for your office

Looking to do something different for your office Christmas activities? Why not organise a fitness class in your workplace? Great for team building, burn off a few extra calories and engergise your body in preparation for your office Christmas party (or recovery after!)

Our Festive Fun Fitness Classes

Pre Party PilatesPre-Party Pilates
Strengthen and stretch your body to limber up for your office Christmas party dance moves! A series of mat-based exercises to help improve strength, flexibility, posture and help ease back pain after a day spent sat at your desk.

‘The Morning After’ Yoga class
Restorative Yoga sessionThe perfect cure for post Christmas party hangovers. Organise a restorative Yoga session for your team. Detox, wake-up and energise your body the morning after your office Christmas party.

Countdown to Christmas Conditioning  
Full body workout high intensity classes to kick start your ‘get fit’ new years resolutions. Plank against your boss!Circuits or Boot Camp style class which will be adapted to suit your office space.

Desk to Dance and Get the Party Started with Zumba
A calorie-burning dance fitness party in your office! Shimmy, shake and get the Christmas party dance moves started early. Great for team-building fun with colleagues.

How it works
We’ll come to your workplace to teach the class. All you need is a room or space in your office. Push any chairs and desks to the side.
All of our fantastic Fitness instructors are highly qualified and insured.
Prices start from just £5 per person.

Email info@exerciseinthecity.com to find out more and
book today

Clocks go back… darker earlier… harder to motivate yourself to exercise right?

The clocks go back; it’s darker earlier, days get colder, you’re finding it harder to motivate yourself to leave the office at lunchtime & an increased desire to go straight home after work and not exercise… Sound familiar?! 

Clocks go back Yes it’s that time of year again… and we had such a fabulously long and warm summer, I fear the impending darkness will be sure to hit us Londoners hard! It will be at least 5-6 months before we can enjoy after-work jogs in the sun, lunchtimes spent sat wherever we can find a piece of green, waking up to the sun streaming in through the curtains…. Feeling depressed yet?!

So you know you’re going to find it hard to motivate yourself to keep active right? Not leaving the office for your usual lunch time walk – preferring to microwave some soup and browse the internet instead. And then rushing home from work to stay warm on the sofa and catch up on the latest box set is far more tempting than the gym or an exercise class after work.

Do not fear …. Exercise in the City is here to help!

We bring lunch-time or before/after-work Pilates classes (or any other fitness class of your choice) to you at your London officeIt’s easy to organise, low-cost and a great way to keep active during your working day.

Did you know? Melatonin is a hormone that affects sleep. It’s produced by a small gland in your brain (pineal gland). When it’s dark, the pineal gland produces melatonin to make you feel sleepy. So in winter, when we’re exposed to less sunlight, some people produce higher amounts of melatonin. This results in symptoms such as sleepiness & low energy levels *

Physical activity is a great way to keep energised, stay motivated and can also help combat the effects of SAD (Seasonal affective disorder, also known as ‘winter depression’)…. And if we’re coming to office each week…. you’ve no excuses!

Contact Julia at julia@exerciseinthecity.com to find out more and book your first session today.

* NHS Choices website