14/02/2020 Learning to Love Exercise

It’s no wonder the majority of people find it hard to love exercise when we have been programmed to think of it as something we ‘should be doing’ whether we like it or not to ‘look better.’ We’ve been told no pain, no gain, so it’s got to be painful for it to work, right? Sore muscles are a badge of honour so if you’re not aching maybe you’re not doing it right? Maybe you should try something harder or more intense? If you’re enjoying it, isn’t it probably too easy?

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07/02/2020 The Benefits of Evening Workouts!

We usually only hear about the pros of working out in the morning and the cons of working out in the evening. “Exercise in the morning before your brain figures out what it’s doing!” After all, who wants to get in from a long day at work only to get changed and go out again? Not to mention no-one wants to workout on a full stomach so you have to eat dinner either really early or really late.

Well, it’s time to debunk some of those “evening workouts are bad” myths and reveal some of the positives of exercising later in the day…

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31/01/2020 How to Better Measure Your Progress

So, you’ve been on the go since January trying to exercise more and eat better, but how far have you come? It can be tricky measuring progress and no one method is perfect. You may feel progress has been slow but if you’ve only been using one method to measure your progress you may not be seeing the bigger picture. You may not realise how well you’ve actually done…

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10/01/2020 Going To Class -An Anxiety Sufferer’s Guide

Dance fitter, anxiety sufferer and my not so little sister, Sarah McIntosh, joins me on the blog this week to share her advice on how to make it to and through a class when you are dealing with anxiety.

Anxiety sucks, big time. It can be a debilitating condition which attempts to ruin all your plans and all the things you want to do and achieve with incessant worry, stress and fear.

Let’s face it, going to any exercise class for the first time can be nerve-wracking when you don’t suffer from anxiety! Sarah has been coming to Dance Fit for years now and even though she loves it, it can still be hard for her to turn up every week.

I hear from many women who say they want to try Dance Fit but tell me they are nervous and anxious. Whilst I get to meet some of these lovely ladies, there are many others who I never see or hear from again. Dance Fit isn’t going to be everybody’s cup of tea but it’s sad to know there are people out there who want to give it a try but don’t.

Here are some top tips from my sis on how to get to a class if you’re being held back by anxiety.

 

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03/01/2020 20 Resolutions to Avoid Making in 2020

Happy New Year!

I don’t know about you, but my social media feeds have been overflowing with people’s reflections on last year and talks of the year ahead.

There’s something about these first few days of January that has us all feeling a desperate need to map out a path for the next 360 odd days of the year. This is usually fuelled by all the self-improvements we feel we need to make.

Wherever you’re at with any resolution making, here are my top 20 new year’s resolutions you should avoid making in 2020.

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20/12/2019 Dance Fit with Helen Does Christmas

I’ve made it.

Tomorrow is my last working day before Christmas. (My deepest sympathies go out to all those of you who are not yet finished or have to work over the holiday season)

Christmas for me is about having some time off. The lead up to Christmas can feel like a never-ending obstacle course. Work deadlines, Christmas parties, family arrangements, budgeting, shopping, more work, more socialising etc etc… I don’t know about it being the most wonderful time of the year, more like the most exhausting time of the year!

With this in mind, here’s how I will be spending the festive period.

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