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NEW YEAR, NEW INTENTIONS 041 © David Lloyd Clubs


Staying Power


Admit it. This year won’t be the fi rst time you’ve made a resolution to improve your health. But the road to a fi tter, healthier New Year is littered with failed, good intentions, so how do you ensure the most valuable of life changes is still with you this time next year?


David Leck & Sarah Hamilton-Walker


e Brits waste some £550 million every year on unused gym memberships and just over half


of those who were only too eager to sign a direct debit mandate never actually go. The race for the ‘new year, new me’ ideal is laudable but often unsuccessful. People have unrealistic expectations and tend to attack things with a verve that isn’t sustainable. As Phil Wyatt, Sencio Community Leisure’s Wellness Manager, says: “Exercise needs to be thought of as a lifestyle choice. Do that and it’s more manageable, less daunting and you will get results.


“The most important thing is to fi nd an activity you’ll enjoy. If you’ve not already got a fi tness pastime then try a few things,” he suggests.


“Some people love the gym but, for others, group exercise is more fun because you’ve a set time to turn up and even if you don’t feel like it on the day you’re there with others, so you have the social element – and an instructor pushing you!


“A good personal trainer will be more than happy to listen to your goals and make some suggestions. It’s a cliche but getting fi t isn’t just for January. It has to be part


of how you lead your life – enjoy it and consistency will follow.”


• Visit sencio.org.uk Testing the Theory


The fi tness industry is always trying to reinvent itself and one of the newest offerings are high-intensity workouts in which participants wear a heart rate monitor and see their performance displayed on screen.


“It might sound daunting, but it isn’t,”


says Alex Watson, Head Coach of the new Orangetheory studio that opened in Bromley back in October.


“Perhaps you’ve tried a gym or fi tness


routine in the past that felt like a dead end – no guidance, no inspiration and no results. There’s every chance it’s not you, it’s your workout.


“Orangetheory is a one-hour total body workout that combines endurance, power and strength for a fresh workout every time. The science-backed, technology-tracked group workout is guaranteed to produce results. And because you get to see what you’ve achieved at the end of each session, you’re working with others and instructors are there to challenge you, the experience is sociable and fun.”


David Lloyd (with gyms at Kings Hill,


West Malling, Maidstone and Dartford) has come up with its own version in the form of


Blaze – a high energy workout combining combat, cardio and strength training in specially-constructed studios with treadmills, weight benches and punch bags. Like Orangetheory, class members get to see their results at the end of a session. • Visit orangetheoryfi tness.com; davidlloyd.co.uk


It’s Better Together


Some people possess the commitment gene when it comes to exercise but for most mere mortals motivation is often the holy grail of consistency. One of the best ways to stay on track is to buddy up: • Exercising with a friend is sociable and fun. • Working out with a partner is proven to have a major infl uence on a person’s exercise routine. • You’ll be more consistent…and much more likely to push yourself – and each other! • It’s harder to say “I’ll skip it today” when someone else is relying on you. • A touch of competition is great for inspiring you to work harder. Sencio Community Leisure (which has


centres at Sevenoaks, Edenbridge and Whiteoak) offers an all-in-one package for joint members with unlimited access to the gym, pool and dozens of classes every week. • Visit tmactive.co.uk; nuffi eldhealth.com; fusion-lifestyle.com; sencio.org.uk


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