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Michaela James is a fully qualified personal trainer at the LC with a degree in Sport and Social Science. She joined the LC team in 2015 and specialises in weight training – in particular she encourages women to use weights as part of their fitness regime.

Michaela runs our women's weights workshop on a Thursday morning and is just about to start a second class on a Saturday morning. Her enthusiasm is infectious making her an integral part of our health and fitness team - oh and she loves dinosaurs!









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Picture3Tenovus Cancer Care has joined forces with The LC to help promote healthy lifestyle and body choices in 2016 - New year! New You! One of our key objectives is to spread positive messages and educate our supporters and clients on lifestyle factors that can have an impact on your risk of developing cancer. Did you know that by making some simple changes to your lifestyle can significantly reduce your risk?  Eating a healthy diet, taking regular exercise and avoiding smoking will all help to lower your risk.

We would like to offer you the opportunity to participate in our ‘Lifestyle and Body MOT’ event on Friday 22nd January. This would involve the Tenovus Cancer Care health and wellbeing team working with you to go through the use of online questionnaires that ask questions about various issues that affect health, starting with the more obvious questions relating to diet and exercise, through to whether you have noticed any recent changes in any moles you may have or if you seem to paying more frequent visits to the toilet during the night. Every question answered is scored on a traffic light system and at the end of the questionnaire your staff would have the option for a confidential 10 minute consultation with a Tenovus Cancer Care trained advisor to discuss any concerns that might arise.

You will also be given the opportunity to have a consultation with the LC team to look at programmes that suit you and your needs. They will also be on hand to measure height, weight, blood pressure and body mass which will help to tailor your fitness objectives for the year ahead.

To book your space call us on 01792 466500 and ask for Jennie or email here.

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I own a small firm in the city centre. I am keen to help my staff keep fit without being too heavy-handed. How should I proceed?

It is great that you are thinking about your team’s fitness. It is something I wish more employers would take an interest in, but I understand it can be a difficult subject to broach. Firstly it is important to lead by example. If you set the tone by making fitness a part of your working day and something you talk about openly, that will help create the right office culture. You could set up a lunchtime walking club to do brisk circuits of the city centre or a walk down to the beach once or twice a week.

Can you help subsidise your staff’s gym membership or sign up to an interest free bike-buying scheme? Can you offer space for people to leave their bikes securely? Can you set up an after work kickabout once a week, or can you sign up to a fitness challenge – perhaps a half marathon, as a company?

The LC offers FREE Health MOT sessions, visiting workplaces to deliver relaxed, informative advice and a review of people's fitness, diet, blood pressure and body fat. That might be a good starting point to help get everyone on the same page.

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I work from home and I have a habit of grazing throughout the day – partly because the fridge is a few steps away and partly because food helps me get through stressful deadlines. How can I change my habits?


We all have a different approach to food and eating little and often is no bad thing – as long as you eat healthily. Instead of trying to radically change your eating habits by sticking to three square meals a day I would allow yourself five or six small meals and snacks, but be very strict about portion control and fill your fridge with healthy options only.

 Vegetable-based dips and salsas, plain nuts, eggs, salad and crudités, lean meat, berries, oily fish, olives – these are all good options. And rather than using food as a way to get yourself through stressful times, try to set other goals and rewards. For instance, when you meet a tough deadline reward yourself with a 30 minute walk on the beach, with a phone call to a friend, or with a DVD you have always meant to watch but never got round to. In time you will be able to adjust your attitude to food.

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