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sfOn March 1st HMT Sancta Maria will be bringing professional bike riders to Swansea, join them on a lesuirely 40km bike ride and take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity.

This is a FREE event which starts from the LC and all abilities are welcome making this an ideal opportunity for a family bike ready.

Even better is that if you take part in the bike ride you will get 241 entry into our Waterpark and post-ride team coffee and welshcakes.

For more information please contact admin@sanctamaria.co.uk or check out their event page here.

 

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The LC are pleased to announce that we have upgraded our exisiting fitness class timetable to include the world renowned Les Mills classes Bodyattack and Bodycombat

 

 

Les Mills perfectly sits amongst our exisiting class timetable and shares the same ethos as the LC which is to try and make people fall in love with fitnessIt is the leading brand in group fitness with classes which are both accessible and addictive,  combining great music and movement.

 

 

BODYCOMBAT is a fiercely energetic martial arts inspired non-contact workout where you will learn how to punch, kick and strike. Find out more about Bodycombat here.

BODYATTACK is a high energy class suitable for all abilities which combines athletic movements like running with strength exercises such as squats. Find out more about Bodyattack here.

Join us for a launch event on March 1st @ 11am for two hours of high octane fitness fun - call us on 01792 466500 for more information.

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Dean starts the New Year by answering some key questions..

The scales aren’t being kind to me this month and I’m struggling to find the motivation to get back to the gym. Please help?

Even the most dedicated of us relax our health and fitness regimes over Christmas and the New Year. And why not? It is a time for enjoyment and relaxation. Don’t beat yourself up about it. Just remember, your health and fitness are entirely in your hands and under your control.

Making that first trip back to the gym after a long break can be tough, but the great thing about exercise is that it rewards you immediately with those energising endorphins, so once you make the first move you’re already on your way.

To help you get your old enthusiasm back, shake up your fitness routine. Try equipment you have avoided before. Join a class that takes you out of your comfort zone, or set new time and distance targets on the machines. Reward yourself for reaching your targets too – perhaps with cinema tickets or an hour of me-time.

If you are struggling to shift pounds, remember the LC’s Shape Up Plan is a carefully designed regime of nutritional advice, exercise, weekly weigh-ins and body fat assessments that will help you get on track, and it is free as part of your membership. 

 

My daughter is in her early teens and she is conscious about her body shape. I want to help her with her fitness but I don’t want to make her anxious about it. What do you recommend?

This is a situation many parents will recognise and it can be tricky to negotiate.

You are right to approach this with caution, but if you can help her think positively about fitness now, when she is young, you will be giving her a gift that should last a lifetime.

Firstly, if you can find an activity or two that she loves and that makes her smile then she will be exercising without realising it. That’s a major first step. Does she dance around or do Karaoke when she is with her friends? Then perhaps organise Wii parties for them.

If she likes swimming, walking the dog, or bowling, make those things regular fun, family-time sessions. When you have your mum-and-daughter chats, resolve to do them outside, while walking around the block. Small steps lead to good, long-term habits. 

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This half term sees Welsh Wrestling return to the LC for their tenth anniversary tour. On Saturday 21st February we are pleased to host this high energy, fun for all ages event. Tickets are available to buy from the LC or on the night with doors opening at 6:30pm.

For more information call us on 01792 466500 or check out www.welshwrestling.com

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KEEP HUNGER AT BAY
 
Losing weight is never easy, especially if you are hungry.  Here are some timing tips to make things easier.  Its all about the timing of your food where planning is crucial to your success.
 
BREAKFAST
 
Eat breakfast within an hour of waking up so you can replenish your blood sugar levels.  Cereals are great as they contain vitamin B, which releases the get up and go in you! However avoid sugary cereals.  Adding a small amount of protein will help you feel fuller for longer, scrambled eggs on a slice of wholegrain toast is a great option too.
 
MORNING SNACK 
 
A Morning snack between breakfast and lunch is a good way to break the morning up and help you reach your five a day.  Go for apples and melons, which provide lots of fibre and minerals without racking up the calories.  Adding a small amount of protein like a 25g serving of almonds will really satisfy you.
 
LUNCH
 
Your body is normally ready for lunch 4 hours after breakfast.  Choose fresh and lean foods such as sweet potato with tuna and sweetcorn or chicken salad.  Consuming foods that contain iron will help keep your brain functioning.
 
AFTERNOON SNACK
 
Lots of us will experience the afternoon slump, which leads to a craving for sugary foods.  Go for something like a diet protein shake, fat free yoghurt and fruit, fresh chopped vegetables with cottage cheese.
 
DINNER
 
Aim to have dinner around 3 hours after your mid afternoon snack.  Fill up on  lots of fibre rich vegetables and lean protein.  Be mindful of portions sizes of starchy carbs, such as rice and pasta. 
 
LATE NIGHT SNACK
 
If you feel peckish later in the evening then go for something such as a low fat milky drink made with skimmed milk, rivita spread with low fat cream cheese and slice of lean ham.  Stay away from fruit.
 
 
 
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