Friday 24th September 2021
While the summer may be behind us, as we head further into autumn and the mild weather continues there’s a wonderful feeling of optimism in the air. It brings me great happiness to see your smiling faces again after so many months behind screens and masks.
If you’re looking to get back into a healthy routine this autumn, there’s no time like the present. We’ve listed a few reasons why September is our favourite month to get active and make some lifestyle changes, plus a few healthy recipe ideas should you need inspiration in the kitchen.
With your support and feedback we have now launched our junior group exercise timetable. Your feedback in creating this brand new timetable has been invaluable and this is now something we will build on, making it bigger and better as we go on.
I want to thank you all for your help, support and feedback in my first 4 months here at this wonderful club, and I am always looking to get your feedback whenever possible.
Farewell to Georgio
Sadly this month we say goodbye to Georgio from the gym team and wish him luck in his new ventures. We are currently recruiting for his position. In addition, if you are interested in personal training and the tailor-made training programmes which our experienced PTs can offer then please ask for more details on your next visit to the club.
Team member of the month
This month the prize goes to Amy from our reception team! Amy has had lots of amazing feedback this past month on her infectious personality, meeting and greeting all our fabulous guests and members when they come to the club – she has been a fantastic addition to our team here at Mapledurham. Well done, Amy!
We’ll be hosting our annual Fireworks display and disco on Saturday 6 th November this year, so save the date and look out for more details in the coming weeks!
New class timetable
The new class timetable has arrived and is full of 93 brilliant classes as we rebuild our carefully scheduled timetable after the lifting of restrictions. It will take some time to gain momentum, but we can already see this starting to happen with our members enjoying the classes they know and love. As we start to get busier, please remember to cancel your bookings if you cannot attend for any reason, as this allows the space to go to another member.
We’ve got lots of new and exciting children’s classes at the club this autumn from babies right up to teenagers, so make sure you check out what’s on offer – there’s everything from dance to kickboxing, football to yoga! We’re really passionate about everyone’s fitness and wellbeing here, and this starts with our youngest members.
Swim School returned this week after a break of 6 weeks, and the children were all very keen to be back in the water - especially after a warm summer’s day! We follow the ASA National Teaching plan, so as well as teaching the 4 competitive strokes they learn lots of other skills in a safe and fun environment. Our classes are small to ensure lot of individual attention. If you would like further information about Swim School please email [email protected]
You asked, we acted
Your feedback is so valuable in helping us improve service and standards - so please keep it coming!
Recently we had some feedback on getting some additional kit into the gym area. We have now started to introduce some new kit for you all to use. We have a brand-new punch bag on the gym floor, a landmine bar attachment for lots of Olympic bar bell exercises, core bags and some additional functional equipment. We are looking to continue adding to our floor offering so if you have any suggestions please do speak to Sam and his team.
A fresh start for your fitness
As we get back into a routine with work and school, many of us are looking to reboot a healthier lifestyle following a long summer of BBQs, holidays and summer celebrations.
Whether it’s overhauling your diet, getting more sleep or restarting a lapsed exercise programme, September and October are great months to review your lifestyle and ensure your goals are still relevant and achievable.
Here’s 5 reasons to make some changes this month:
The weather is still warm and the evenings are light
September usually still offers a good amount of sunny weather and daylight hours which helps you to feel energised – so there’s no excuse not to lace up those running shoes or head to that early gym session!
You can establish a routine
With a return to a regular routine you might well be able to commit to a more consistent diet and exercise regime where scheduling workouts is a simpler affair.
Your diary frees up
For many people, the autumn means fewer social engagements in the calendar which in turn means less distractions (and excuses!) from your goals and more time to keep yourself motivated.
Christmas is just around the corner
You might not like to think about it just yet, but Christmas is just a few weeks’ away! Lots of people are eager to celebrate in style this year, so Christmas could be a great focus for achieving specific health and exercise goals – or the perfect way to reward yourself for staying on track!
Set yourself up for a better January
Before those New Year’s Resolutions roll around, get stuck into healthy habits now while the weather is mild and the evenings are lighter, and you’ll have more chance of sticking to your routine come January.
If you’re struggling to start or resume a healthier routine, a personal trainer could provide just the motivation and accountability you need. Speak to our Wellness Team at the club to discuss the best options for you and how to get started.
8 healthy recipes to try this autumn
Try out these healthy and nutritious recipes to get your diet on the right track this autumn. From soups to salads to stews, stay inspired with new recipes to try at home no matter what the weather.
Warm stilton salad
Autumn doesn’t have to mean saying goodbye to salads. There’s a huge range of hearty salads out there which don’t skimp on flavour or substance. Give this delicious stilton salad a try while the days are still mild.
Pork & apple stew with parsley & thyme dumplings
When the nights get cooler and a comforting meal is in order, pack in 3 of your 5 a day with this nourishing autumn stew seasoned with parsley and thyme.
Leek & butter bean soup with crispy kale and bacon
Soups are a great and satisfying way to eat more vegetables in one sitting, as well as being easy to prepare. Put a few portions in the freezer for easy access to a healthy dinner on those busy days.
Sesame salmon, purple sprouting broccoli & sweet potato mash
For a dinner rich in protein, omega-3 and antioxidants, look no further than this wholesome sesame salmon recipe. It couldn’t be easier to prepare, making it perfect for a mid-week family feast.
Vegan Shepherd’s Pie
This hearty veggie pie doesn’t compromise on flavour. Packed with vegetables and finished off with a zesty breadcrumbs, it’s the perfect answer to a chilly autumn evening.
What better way to get into the Halloween spirit than with a warming bowl of pumpkin soup? This creamy and nutritious soup peppered with fennel seeds and chilli flakes will keep you full without compromising on flavour. If you can’t get your hands on a pumpkin, this recipe also works well with butternut squash or sweet potato.
Try this low-calorie cod recipe packed with iron with a chickpea base for a simple mid-week supper.
One-pot prawn and noodle stir fry
Prawns provide an excellent source of protein, vitamins and minerals. Give this easy prawn stir fry with leafy greens a go when you need a simple but nutritious supper.