By Bridget, 18-Jun-2013 13:21:00
Hope you had a good weekend.I resumed my rowing and someone must have heard me,as the heavens opened on Saturday at 2.30pm.The coach,Mike suggested we got on the Ergo instead,,which is the rowing machine.It was interesting to hone technique and as usual it's not just a case of putting your back into it.
After 45 mins,the weather cleared up and we went out.As Mike was in the other boat,I went out with 3 other "Improvers".Now,I am not sure if the fact we had no rudder had anything to do with it,but we just merrily zig zagged across the river,and ended up under the trees. Not once,but twice!
Then we zig zagged back across to the opposite under the guy at the bow ends instructions.In the end I got a tad frustrated,and ended up shouting steering instructors myself,probably much to his annoyance!
But it was great to be back on the water.
As some of you already know,I have closed the Cookham Zumba class,as I have a whole heap of keenies doing Zumba Gold and Chair with me instead.A friend of mine,Inderjit who is Sikh,set up the group in Slough to improve the health and wellbeing of their older population who attend the temple.It has now built up to about 77 people who smile and sing along to my Bhangra tracks!
It is so rewarding for me to teach this group,and I hope to work with others in the local area too.
OK,there are a few new courses starting next week so I will attach the booking forms. The 7pm Improvers Pilates resumes on Tuesday 25th June.Also,the new Thursday night course at 6.30pm starts on 27th June. Both will be using the Bender Balls.
Have a great week,and let me know if you want off the email list.
By Bridget, 10-Jun-2013 20:50:00
Hope you had a great weekend.I had planned to see my niece compete in the London Regatta in Docklands. My sister told me she was competing at 2.45.It turned out the event FINISHED at that time! So I didn't get to see her. But she came 2nd amongst 23 crews, so am VERY proud!
OK firstly, some bad news, Some of you know I have decided to close the Cookham class.It has dwindled over the last few months,and I have been offered well paid work at a community project in Slough,which clashes time wise.I have really enjoyed the class,but from a biz perspective, it doesn't make me much money. So! Onwards and upwards!
I am also putting other classes under the microscope.If you like them,then do not assume they will always be there if you don't attend.Some may close for the Summer and reopen in Sept.Just gauging interest.So let me know! Ones that I am looking hard at are: Bootcamp/sat morning Pilates/Tues night Pilates/Monday night Zumba.
This coming Saturday Ursula is doing her Zumbathon in aid of Diabetes UK,so come join her at St.Peters School Marlow-10am til 12.Tickets are £10 per person.
So! I haven't written anything about health recently so this week I am going to talk about Candida.
Candida is a yeast which occurs naturally in the body,in the digestive tract.It is part of the bacteria mix that inhabit your intestine.It only becomes a problem when there is an "overgrowth".This means,as suggested that there is too much of it,and it can cause various problems in the body.these include: Thrush,fatigue,bloating,weight gain,skin problems such as ringworm,and fungal nail infections.
An overgrowth of the yeast candida can lead to "leaky gut syndrome" in which the gut wall becomes permeable to food particles and the yeast infection can grow in other areas of the body.
There has been evidence recently linking cancer to Candida,so that's another reason to try to get it under control.
In a book I have been reading about this condition,the author suggests the following to cut it out or reduce the effects of the fungus:
1.Cut out sugar of all kinds(including alcohol and fruit etc)
2.Take probiotics to build the immune system
3.Avoid taking anti-biotics
4.Avoid or cut out any fungi in the diet or food preserved in vinegar.
5.Build the immune system with a healthy diet,free of sugar.
6.Avoid cheeses that have mold on them.
7. Avoid milk which has lactose in it which is sugar.
8.Avoid sweeteners as the candida loves that too.
The Anti Candida diet is one of the most restrictive ones as fruit is banned at first then less sweet fruits are gradually introduced.Tio be able to kill off the yeast requires extreme action!
If you would like any references for books,let me know.
If you would like oiff the email list,let me know too! In a polite way PLEASE!!
Have a great week!
By Bridget, 04-Jun-2013 08:11:00
OK just a quick one as my PC is playing up! Bootcamp restarts this week as usual 4 weeks for £20 at St.Eds on Weds at 7.15pm.Great for weight loss and to improve performance!
The new Pilates classes on Thurs morning and Sat morning also start again,as usual as a 6 week course.9.20am on Thurs at Woodlands Park,and 10am on Sat at St.Eds.
Let me know if you want in.The Sat class is £30,and the Thurs class is £36.(45 mins and 60 mins)
All Zumba on as usual.
By Bridget, 22-May-2013 13:15:00
Hope you had a great weekend.I came to the end of my Beginners Sculling course in Marlow,and am joining the club to be able to keep improving with the "Improvers"! We went out in a quad with 2 experienced scullers,both absolute gentlemen,in the true sense of the word.Very patient with my mistakes and kept asking if I was alright! We rowed for about 5 miles,so I was quite tired by the end of it!
I also had the terrifying experience of getting into a single scull,which I can only describe as like trying to stand on a jelly! Every single move of the head,arm of anything else set it off a wobbling,with only 2 oars flat on the water to steady myself.When the coach told us that 9 out of 10 people fall in trying to get in and out of it,I made an especially good effort to be the "1".In fact all 4 of us gingerly tried it like cats,not wanting to get wet!
My niece is competing in a regatta this coming Saturday in a single scull,so I have to sat RESPECT to her because I couldn't even move it,let alone compete!!
So I have attached a photo of me out on the water.
OK so what else is new?
Just to remind you there will be no Zumba on Monday as its the Bank Holiday.
My Zumba colleague Ursula is doing a Zumbathon on Saturday June 15th 10-12 at St.Peter's School,Marlow,in aid of Diabetes UK.Tickets are £10 each,so if you fancy some bum shakey for 2 hrs then call Ursula on 07771 365 721.
OK,I think that's it for now! Have a great week and let me know POLITELY if you want off the email list!
By Bridget, 29-Apr-2013 17:13:00
Did you have a good weekend? I did rowing for the second time in Marlow.I absolutely have fallen in love with it! I have always fancied trying it,and am completely sold on it,although it still scares the heck out of me getting in and out of the boat!
As well as being an enjoyable way to keep fit it means I am concentrating 100% on it.That kind of concentration has been shown to be very beneficial to mental health generally.The previous week I had had a nasty incident which replayed over in my mind.(Nothing to do with fitness).Whilst I was on the water I totally forgot about it,and afterwards got some perspective on it.It was like the water washed my thoughts out too!!
I highly recommend stepping out of your comfort zone to try something new.You feel like you have faced your demons,and conquered!!
OK so this month sees some Bank Holidays happening.I do not teach on Bank Holidays-just to let you know.
This week sees the start of the new Bootcamp course at St.Eds at 7.15pm for 45 mins.£20 for the 4 weeks.It uses high intensity interval training,and is suitable for regular exercisers,not people fresh off the sofa! Contact me for further details.
OK if you want to check the schedule,check out www.zumbawithbridget.co.uk
Also on FB: Bridget Hughes High Wycombe,Zumba with Bridget and Cancer Prevention by Lifestyle.
Also let me know if you want off the email list.
By Bridget, 18-Apr-2013 08:41:00
Hope you had a great weekend. All classes are on as usual this week,so hope to see you!
The new Fitness Pilates course on Saturday morning at St.Edmund campion Parish hall at 10am for 45 minutes.£30 for the 6 week course.
If you are new please check www.zumbawithbridget.co.uk for the full list of all my classes.Also on FB as "Zumba with Bridget","Bridget Hughes High Wycombe" and I have a page on cancer prevention: "Cancer prevention by Lifestyle".
Please let me know if you want off the email list.
Have a great week!
By Bridget, 03-Apr-2013 05:43:00
Hope you had a great Easter,despite the cold!
If you gobbled to many choccy eggs,then why not give Bootcamp a try on Weds? 7.15pm at St.Edmund Campion School. £20 for the 4 weeks.Hayley has lost a stone and a hlaf in time for her wedding this week to Tom,who also comes to Booty.AND she hasn't dieted because she "loves her food"!
The new Fitness Pilates for Improvers starts tonight at 7pm at All Saints Marlow.We are using the resistance bands,and am sure you will feel it.£36 for the 6 week course.
All other classes are on as usual.Bring the kids with you if you need to.
Email me any questions,and let me know if you want off the email list!
By Bridget, 18-Mar-2013 15:35:00
Hope you had a great weekend.You know I am always on a mission about Cancer Prevention? Well I read an article in the Daily Mail,which I posted on Facebook.As I already knew,scientists have discovered a link between dairy products and hormone related cancers,i.e. breast,prostate,uterine and bowel. In the article it said that dairy cattle are fed hormones to increase milk production.If we eat dairy,then we also ingest these hormones,which disrupt ours! An excess of oestrogen can,in some women,the article said,lead to breast cancer.In cultures that do not have dairy farming as part of their economy and people do not eat these products regularly,breast and prostate cancer is highly unusual.Coincidence? OK I leave you with that thought. Think about what you eat,because,in my opinion the F.S.A (Food Standards Agency) will not protect us.You only have to look at recent food scandals to realise that.
As far as classes are concerned,they are all on as usual this week.Over Easter I will not be working the Bank Holidays and not Easter Saturday,but will continue as normal otherwise.
You can see the full list on www.zumbawithbridget.co.uk
Join me on FB: Bridget Hughes High Wycombe and "Zumba with Bridget"
Have a great week,and let me know if you want off the email list.
By Bridget, 27-Feb-2013 09:26:00
Hope you had a great weekend.All classes are on as usual.To check the current programme,please go to www.zumbawithbridget.co.uk
OK,so this week I am going to write about how diet can improve the symptoms of the Menopause.If you are a chap reading this,please don't ignore this information if you know someone who can benefit from it-please feel free to forward my email,as long as it's done with the intention of helping,rather than stirring up a hornets nest,which some people have done it the past! Well done them.
I have been reading a book called "Healthy Eating for the Menopause" by Dr Marilyn Glenville.
So the average age a woman starts to go into the menopause is 51.The timing of this depends on a few factors,however,such as the age your mother went into it,and also smoking can affect it too. Symptoms can include: Hot flushes,night sweats,irritability,osteoporosis,weight gain,mood swings and a lack of energy.I have not listed all symptoms, however.
In the West,Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is a common prescription,given by your GP once they suspect you are entering the menopause.But there have been recent worries about the long term effect of HRT on the body,and it has been linked to breast cancer,heart disease,strokes and thrombosis.Studies done on female populations in other parts of the world reveal that the symptoms of the menopause are not experienced to as great a degree as in the West.This would suggest that it is possible to control symptoms by means other than hormones in the form of HRT.
It has been found that plant hormones however,namely "phytoestrogens" can lessen the symptoms of the menopause.Soya can reduce hot flushes for example.Other foods which are good to eat to help yourself are: garlic,onions and any vegetables from the allium family,oily fish such as sardines,mackerel and salmon,lemons and citrus fruits,nuts-walnuts,almonds and brazils,seeds-linseed,pumpkin and sesame. A rainbow of fruit and vegetables-so all colours. Drink as much water as you can and cut down on alcohol and fizzy drinks.Cut out as much sugar,and refined carbohydrates as possible.
If you want to know any further detail,I suggest buying the book,as there's too much information for me to convey in one newsletter.
Have a great week and if you want to be off the email list,let me know,nicely!
By Bridget, 12-Feb-2013 21:13:00
Hope you had a good weekend! I am so glad the snow is melting here-sorry about the class yesterday-not many wanted to come out to play.
So all classes are on as usual for the rest of this week.Booty Crew-if you have skipping ropes,bring them. Thursady is Valentines Day,but you can play AFTER class can't you? Me and Ursula are waiting!
The news this week was dominated,it seems by the horse meat scandal,again! As most of you know by now,I am not a fan of ready meals,and this hasn't endeared me further to them! You,see,it just goes to prove that you just have no idea what you are eating.Before Kieran had cancer he used to love a kebab.So much so that walking across the Market Place in Wycombe,one vendor hung out of his van one day shouting "Alright Kieran?".Now he must see a LOT of people in the course of a week,and so I was NOT impressed.Since then,I have looked into the connection between reheated meats,and barbecued meats in connection with Bowel Cancer (which is what K contracted).That's another story..
So who is protecting the public,food wise? Well SUPPOSEDLY the FSA (Food Standards Agency).I lost faith in this organisation,years ago,when I discovered they have allowed dairy farmers to sell milk into the food chain which contains pus from cows with mastitis.Of course the cows receive anti-biotics and growth factors,and where do they end up? In you and me (if we eat/drink dairy products). So! If the F.S.A. are happy to allow that to happen it doesn't really surprise me about recent events.
Growth factors,in particular IGF 1 has been connected to hormone based cancers i.e. Breast/Bowel/Prostate/Ovarian etc.
Anyway,the choice is the publics,but at least,stay informed because the food industry will not tell you what's going on,they just want to make loads of money by getting you to eat crappy,cheap food! As usual,my message is eat organic local food if possible,and cook from scratch.
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Have a great week!
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