24/10/19 Meal Prep
Meal prep probably brings up images in your mind of cooking for hours and hours at the weekend and putting the next 7 days worth of food in to food containers. For some people this is a great method for them to be prepared for their week without having to think about what they will be eating on a meal to meal basis. It can be an excellent way to take the time on the weekend to consider what healthy options that you have for the week and make food in bulk quantities.
However, for others this method of meal preparation can be very overwhelming, time consuming and can also mean that you lose flexibility in your food choices.
A method that we often suggest to our clients is meal mindfulness. This simply requires you to consider your option for the following meal, day or week. It can involve planning out which meals you wish to have whether this is a list or just a conversation with your family. In its simplest form it can involve deciding what you will have for dinner that evening and making sure you have the required ingredients in the cupboards or you have taken out food to defrost in the morning. Meal mindfulness avoids coming home hungry and grabbing convenience food or takeaways. If you need any support with getting started we are happy to arrange a Personal training session with you. Written by Holly Barrett
20/9/19 Starting a new regime
Do you struggle to fit exercise into your routine? Maybe you don't have a routine, but you need more activity and don't know where to begin? Well, you are not alone so don't panic! Getting into a good routine can be challenging but it doesn't need to involve working out in a gym everyday for hours at a time.
Whenever you are starting something new, you shouldn't try to go to extremes as it generally ends in failure. You are much better off making smaller changes and gradually increasing the challenge level as you improve.
So if you are embarking on a new fitness regime then start off with increasing the amount of cardio exercise that you complete. The easiest way to do this would be to go for a 30 minute walk each day in your break or take the stairs rather than the lift. It may seem simple but it will make a big difference. Once you have successfully achieved this goal you can make the challenge harder such as jogging for 30 seconds at a time whilst on your walk or running up the stairs.
It is important to make realistic targets that are achievable and once you have achieved them set new ones! If you need any support with getting started we are happy to arrange a Personal training session with you. Written by Holly Barrett
26/8/19 Getting back on it!
You’ve been away on your holidays and your exercise routine and diet has gone out of the window. Fear not! It can be hard to get back into a routine especially if you have not been mindful of eating or exercising whilst away.
However, the hardest part is getting started. Think carefully about what you want to achieve and set yourself realistic goals. If you already had a good routine set up before you went then get back on it or if you need a helping hand we are here to help. Personal training can be an excellent way to help you get started with a new routine and to help motivate you to achieve your goals. Written by Holly Barrett
26/7/19 Is it barbeque weather yet?
The weather has been very warm lately so we must be officially in BBQ season! This can be a tricky scenario to negotiate especially when it comes to avoiding overeating and making good dietary choices.
Whether you are the host or you are attending a barbeque it is crucial to have food that is good for you. Make a conscious effort to prepare foods or contribute foods that are healthier and homemade such as salads, kebabs, sauces, burgers and bread rolls. Most of the time when you make your own it is often cheaper and tastier!
When you think BBQ often the first thought is meat! Selecting leaner proteins such as chicken breast, ostrich / buffalo burgers or fish is a great way to get a healthier protein fix. Creating your own burgers from lean mince is also very easy to do and doesn’t take much effort.
If you make your own salads use a variety of leaves, add some crunch such as cucumber and carrots or add some citrus flavours from fresh lemons and limes. Impress your friends and family with homemade sauces such as Greek tzatziki or tomato ketchups. These will contain far less sugar than the shop bought versions.
Vegetables are easy to prepare and cook on the BBQ. Let your friends choose their favourite veggies and make their own skewers. That way no one will have that awkward having to leave the veggies that they don’t like on their plates!
Finally making your own bread rolls or flatbreads is fun and easy. Everyone always thinks that making bread takes ages but it is the proofing that takes the time not the actual making. Children love to make bread so this is an excellent way to get them involved in the cooking process.
Written by Holly Barrett
10/7/19 Sleaford Academicals V Spalding & District WFC
Spalding and District Walking Football Club latest opponents were Sleaford Academicals Walking Football Club. The two teams had recently met at the Wisbech Invitational Tournament which saw Spalding & District narrowly losing 1-0 to Sleaford in the dying minutes of the game.
This time around four mini fifteen minute matches were played away at Carres Grammar School and Sleaford started at a thunderous pace winning the first game 3-0. Spalding & District gallantly fought back in the second and third game with a several cracking efforts from close range only to be denied by the Sleaford athletic goalkeeper. Despite the lightning reactions from the Spalding goalkeeper, Sleaford’s dominant counter attacking play lead to some belting goals and the games ended 2-0 and 1-0 respectively.
After a final rousing team talk from player/manager Holly Barrett who demanded to see some goals, Spalding and District went all out into attack. They controlled possession of the ball throughout the final game and were rewarded by a fantastic solo goal and a penalty. Spalding and District were unlucky to score a third and conceded late on. The final game gave Spalding & District a well-deserved victory of 2-1.
Written by Holly Barrett
19/6/19 Miles for Mind
I'm really pleased to say that I managed to complete running 25 miles in aid of mental health charity MIND in May with Runr - and here's my medal to prove it! I actually ran a bit more than 25 miles and I have decided to run my first ever half marathon next year. I'll be doing the London Landmarks on March 29, 2020, again for Mind. So watch this space as the training begins now! Written by Zoe Myall
10/6/19 Learn to cycle
Cycling is a healthy, low-impact exercise that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, from young children to older adults. It is also fun, cheap and good for the environment. Riding to work / school is one of the most time-efficient ways to combine regular exercise with your everyday routine.
Nearly half of the UK’s 6-year-olds are unable to ride a bike, which means that they miss out on the countless benefits of being able to cycle. Encouraging children to ride a bike can be a challenging experience for parents and carers so why not let us help you with this journey. Throughout our ‘learn to cycle’ programme the children will develop their balance skills on and off the balance bikes whilst learning the basic skills of moving, steering and braking. By the end of our blocks we aim for most of our children to be riding a pedal bike.
We also offer these sessions as regular or one off experience days to nursery and primary schools. To find out more contact us today about how we can support your child or children to learn to cycle.
Written by Holly Barrett
20/5/19 My running journey
I’m currently taking part in Miles for Mind, running 25 miles over the whole month of May to raise awareness of mental health.
Keeping fit has played a big part in my life since I was a teenager but I’ve never really been a big runner. However, after turning 40-years-old and being inspired by some of my clients who are runners, I decided to give it a go, and have set myself the challenge of running a half marathon.
When I heard about Miles for Mind, I thought it would be a great target to keep me on track. Having not run much distance for a while, I have gradually been building up over the past few months to running from a mile and a half without stopping, to two miles, two and a bit, to just over three miles (or 5km). Now I’m up to five miles at a time. I’ve still got a way to go but I have to say I may have caught the running bug!
It just goes to show that if you train yourself enough to do something, you can do it. Yes, there are some days when I might not be ‘in the mood’ to put my trainers on but once I get going, I always feel better – and the buzz you feel at the end is worth it.
I’ve been enjoying being out in the fresh air and taking in some new routes around Quadring where Iive, Donington and Spalding. At the moment, just making the distance is enough for me, and while I’m not too worried about time, I’ve surprised myself that I’m getter quicker and quicker each time.
It’s just about getting started, which is sometimes the hardest part. It doesn’t matter how slowly you begin, you WILL get there. Written by Zoe Myall
14/5/19 Wisbech Invitational Walking Football Tournament
Spalding and District Walking Football team entered their first six a side tournament last weekend at ‘The Wisbech Town Football Club Invitational Tournament’. The tournament featured eight teams from across Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk. All eight teams played against each other in a league gaining points for wins and draws. The top four teams played in the semi-finals and final.
Spalding and District Walking Football team coached by Give It Some Fizz were the only team to be represented by a mixed team of men and women. The team secured an excellent victory against Wisbech B team and drew nil nil against Stamford, Sleaford and Long Bennington. Spalding and District were unlucky not to gain a well-earned draw against local rivals Boston United due to a spectacular late goal with the final touch of the game.
Spalding and District played valiantly against Norwich City and Wisbech Spitfires unfortunately the experienced opposition were more clinical with their finishing which resulted in a 4-0 and 2-0 loss respectively. Written by Holly Barrett
19/4/19 How to avoid over doing chocolate at Easter
It only seems like five minutes ago that it was Christmas but it wasn’t long after the holidays that shimmering Easter eggs started appearing on the shelves of every supermarket. It is often very hard to resist the beautifully packaged chocolate eggs especially when they are on aisle!
We have a few tips to help you avoid over doing it this Easter. Our first tip is to avoid eating eggs in the weeks up to Easter. Say to yourself that Easter eggs can only be eaten during Easter Sunday and not in the 3 months leading up to the holiday. Tell your friends or family that you do not want an Easter egg this year and that maybe you could have a day out instead. Treat yourself to only one Easter egg or bunny, this goes for your kids as well even if they nag you! If you are treating yourself then choose a quality chocolate one that has at 70% cocoa mass. Finally be mindful when you eat the chocolate, you’ve waited a long time for this so get rid of all other distractions and fully enjoy the experience. Written by Holly Barrett
27/3/19 Spalding and District WFC Vs Wisbech Spitfires WFC Monday evening saw the second set of round robin style tournament matches for Spalding and District Walking Football Club against Wisbech Spitfires this time hosted at Glen Park, Surfleet.
Spalding and District had a superb start scoring twice within the first few minutes but were quickly pegged back by the visitors, who went on to score four rapid goals. A late third goal from Spalding meant a tense final couple of minutes. Unfortunately, they could not manage to grab an equaliser and the game finished 4-3 to Wisbech.
In the second match, Spalding once again took the lead early on, scoring two cracking goals from the edge of the area. The Spitfires went on the attack and pulled one back. It was touch and go whether they would get the equaliser, however, Spalding pressured and scored a spectacular team goal to secure a 3-1 win.
After a short break and some half time oranges, Wisbech came back with a vengeance beating Spalding 5-1. A team talk from Spalding and District coach Holly Barrett from Give It Some Fizz inspired the teams to go on the offensive in the final three games.
Our next game was a close affair, similar to our second game, where Spalding and District took an early lead with a couple of great finishes. Wisbech fired back with two goals and levelled the scores until the final moments when Spalding belted in the winner to make the score 3-2 to Spalding.
During our final two games, Spalding and District dominated the possession of the ball and took their shooting opportunities well. Wisbech were kept at bay by some fantastic goalkeeping, resulting in two further wins for Spalding and District 3-1 and 2-0 respectively.
‘The team have really enjoyed the opportunity to showcase their growing skills against very experienced opposition. It has been excellent for all of our players to have a chance to play again in a fun and friendly atmosphere with Wisbech Spitfires and we look forward to our next set of fixtures.’ Holly Barrett Give It Some Fizz
12/3/19 Wisbech Spitfires Vs Spalding and District WFC This weekend saw their first set of friendly matches against well established and Cambridgeshire County Champions, Wisbech Spitfires Walking Football Club.
Both teams brought two five aside teams to play in a round robin style tournament held at Wisbech Town F.C. The conditions were tricky with heavy rain and strong winds but The Spitfires started quickly impressing with slick passing and shooting to ease to a 3-0 and 2-0 victory. Spalding and District began the fight back with a strong performance in the third and fourth game securing a 0-0 and 2-2 draw respectively.
As the confidence built during the fifth game, the passing and moving improved. Spalding and District applied sustained pressure causing the Spitfires goalkeeper to perform several nail biting saves but in the dying minutes Spalding secured their first victory (1-0) with a stunner from the edge of the box.
After the defeat Wisbech brought their A team players on but this time Spalding and District were ready for their moves and held firm in defence. Quick fire shooting had Wisbech run ragged and soon resulted in Spalding being awarded a penalty which was coolly converted. They were pegged back with a shot through the goalkeeper’s legs by Wisbech. Spalding and District were not finished there and pressed forward shooting from everywhere on the pitch. Despite heroic goalkeeping from Wisbech Spitfires it wasn’t enough and Spalding scored clever goal from a free kick on the outside of the area and fired home the third goal in the final moments of the game.
After the first games, Spalding and District are looking forward to the return fixture at Surfleet Glen Park in a couple of weeks’ time. We have a diverse group of both men and women ranging from 30 to 85 years and over. All abilities and experiences are very welcome to join our training sessions held on Monday 5.45pm at Surfleet Glen Park and Thursday 9.30am at Monks House Lane Park, Spalding. For further details please contact Holly at Give It Some Fizz.
21/2/19 Working out with a partner
Modern lifestyles are hectic, it can be difficult to find time to follow your interests and still make time for your closest friends and family. Why not combine the two by exercising with your partner. There are countless other benefits to working out with a friend or a loved one. It is a great motivator working with others especially if one of you is not feeling in the mood that day, you can encourage one another to get through your workout. You won’t want to let your partner down and they will feel the same. For those of you who are competitive you can easily push each other to work harder than you may do on your own. You may also both have different exercises that you enjoy so mix up your routines to avoid getting in a rut. Partners who are improving their fitness and diet lifestyle can work together to create and agree on interesting meals and programmes that will support, motivate and encourage each other to achieve their goals. If you require support with getting started on your fitness or diet, contact us today regarding paired personal training.
Written by Holly Barrett >
5/2/19 Resistance bands
We really enjoy using resistance bands (Therabands) in our exercise routines and in our classes. Therabands are a great addition to any workout and can be a good replacement for free weights. As the name suggests they will add resistance to your training. The bands come in a range of different resistances from yellow the lowest resistance to gold the highest resistance. Therabands are portable, good value for money and provide you with a full body workout. We offer our customers excellent deals on resistance bands and we have a whole range of exercise videos on our YouTube channel. Alternatively, come along to our Renew class to try out a session with our bands.
Written by Holly Barrett >
14/1/19 Portion sizes
Portion size is often one of the areas that is forgotten about when you are trying to lose weight. The number of calories that you consume has a direct impact on the amount of weight you can lose. As we have previously written about the amount of intake calories compared to the number of calories burned up by exercising will affect your weight.
According to a new survey by the British Nutrition Foundation many Britons do not know how much food constitutes a healthy portion. They are releasing a new guide called ‘Find Your Balance’ which is aimed at supporting people with estimating appropriate portions when cooking and serving food.
Written by Holly Barrett >
28/12/18 Why wait until January?
‘I’ll start tomorrow’ or ‘I’ll start on Monday’ these are such a common thing to say when it comes to thinking about diet and exercise. It is especially used at this time of year as many people will say ‘I’ll start in the New Year’ or ‘I’ll just get through New Year’s Eve first’.
Let’s get started today! You might have friends and family around and leftover food still in the fridge but that shouldn’t stop you. Think about yourself and make small steps to change now rather than wait until January 1st. It can be as simple as going for a long walk this afternoon, not having an alcoholic drink today or even halving the number of chocolates that you have.
Just think how many more calories you could consume sitting watching the TV all day snacking when actually being a bit more active and having a clear out will make you feel so much better. You don’t need to run a marathon to avoid the dreaded January bloat. Just spend the next three days enjoying yourself whilst being mindful of how active you are and what you are consuming. You’ll feel so much better on New Year’s if you’ve already got started.
If you feel that a kick start is needed then why not make the most of our special offer for personal training and have a January blitz of 8 sessions for only £199! Written by Holly Barrett >