AHS Wellbeing are committed to engaging communities in Health, Sport, Leisure. We support health, fitness, sport and leisure organisations seeking development and growth with an integrated set of services tailored to meet your individual needs.
Our AHS Wellbeing Online android app is now available!
Download the AHS Wellbeing App today to plan and schedule your Wellbeing Classes, Workshops, and Appointments! Using this mobile App you can view and manage your complete schedule, sign-up for classes, workshops, and appointments, purchase block bookings, memberships, and update your profile. Optimise your time, maximise convenience, and keep up-to-date with AHS Wellbeing activities through push-notifications.
You can access the android app by searching AHS Wellbeing on Google Play or clicking this link
The AHS Wellbeing Apple App is coming soon, look out for further details.
Lets face it, we are all feeling the impact of COVID-19! Stress and anxiety are common place in this day and age and a lot of us will suffer from this on a regular basis. Having some natural ways to manage and control it, can enable us to deal with these times and get the balance back in our lives without the need for medical intervention.
In this 1 hour session with Loren Leaver we will look at ways that have been proven to help decrease and limit stress and anxiety in life using natural and holistic methods which will also benefit other areas of your health and wellbeing. This session is aimed at all ages and genders and will help you with:
Healthy Habit Change
Body Language and Confidence
Overcoming fear-Self Conscious to Conscious self
Creating Healthy Boundaries for a stress free life
Sports Massage Therapist, Personal Trainer and Wellbeing Advisor
As a big football fan, fitness lover, and over recent years, a surfer, Loren’s decision to retrain came from helping a friend’s Saturday league football team out years back as match day first aid, where her interest in injury prevention, management and rehabilitation was born. Loren studied sports massage and rehabilitation therapy, which was then followed by studying personal training and nutrition predominantly for rehabilitation.
Specialising in women’s health, cardiac and injury rehabilitation, Loren continually sets herself new challenges and finds herself studying and looking at different courses, methods and techniques to improve her range of services to clients as both a sports massage therapist, trainer and wellbeing advisor.
If you are new to exercising or have other underlying health conditions, it’s difficult to know what you should be feeling and have the confidence to continue if you are unsure.
If you normally have painful joints e.g. Arthritis, you may think exercise will do harm. The opposite is true – Moving and Exercising the joints is essential to keep them healthy and has been proven to reduce pain and improve how well your joints work.
It is so important not to avoid activity because of painful joints, it will lead to increased stiffness and weaker muscles – this is known as the deconditioning cycle
Am I doing more harm than good?
It is totally normal to feel a bit uncomfortable or even sore after exercise – especially if it is something new or you haven’t done it for a while. But remember this does not mean you are doing harm. Any discomfort should settle and as you exercise more regularly, this discomfort will become less and less – a sign that your muscles are getting stronger and joints are working better.
Am I doing enough?
We are recommended to be doing 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise per week, but what does this mean?
Aerobic exercise is any activity that increases your breathing and heart rate (e.g. walking, swimming, dancing, gardening), and will improve your general stamina and fitness and have many positive effects on your health and wellbeing.
What is moderate?
You should be exercising at a level that increases your heart rate and breathing, you will feel warmer and you should still be able to talk – but not sing! If you like numbers, it should feel like around 5-6 on a scale of 0-10
150 minutes a week sounds like a lot!
If you haven’t been exercising much recently, this may seem like an unreachable goal. But don’t worry, even small increases in your activity levels can have positive effects on many aspects of your health and wellbeing. Create smaller, more achievable goals like aiming for a 10 minute chunk of moderate intensity exercise per day to begin with and slowly build up from there if you are able to.
Strength & Balance Exercise
Including exercise to improve muscle strength and balance is important to maintain independence, prevent falls and make everyday life a little easier. You can do this by using weights, resistance bands or your own body weight.
To see improvements in strength you need to work with a resistance that tires your muscles to a point where you can’t do any more of that exercise, and would need a short rest before repeating another set of the exercise.
Balance specific exercises should also feel like a real challenge. The aim is that you create a little ‘safe’ wobble in your body so that you are working all your proprioceptive nerve endings (that tell your body where it is in space), and your reflex reactions. This is challenging your nervous system and to see results balance exercises should be practiced every day.
These exercises should feel like a real challenge:
“If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you”
Here’s how to make it feel easier!
Hydrate – make sure you drink plenty, if you are even a little dehydrated exercise will feel harder
Eat well – A balanced, healthy diet will give your body what it needs to work most efficiently for you
Exercise with a buddy or group if able to – Increase your enjoyment of exercise and time may pass more quickly
Pace yourself – Don’t be tempted to increase your exercise by too much, even if you’re having a “good” day. You may feel wiped out and be put off trying again.
It shouldn’t feel like this:
If you experience chest pain, dizziness or you are very short of breath -stop immediately and seek medical advice
If you experience any unusual or sharp joint/muscle pain while exercising – first check you are doing it correctly. If it persists stop and contact your instructor for advice.
By Emma Rollings, AHS WellBalanced Clinical Lead & AHS Wellbeing Coach
The use of the word ‘Wellbeing’ has become common place these days. Have you ever wondered what is actually means?
Wellbeing is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as “the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy.” and the World Health Organisation describes wellbeing as “enabling people to develop their potential, work productively and creatively, form positive relationships with others and meaningfully contribute to the community”
Wellbeing has many components including mental, physical, social, emotional and spiritual, and there are many ways to define it.
Research shows you can improve your Wellbeing by doing 5 simple things. Developed by the New Economics Foundation and widely used by many health organisations including Mind and the NHS, the 5 Ways to Wellbeing can help you cope better with stress and to live longer, healthier and happier!
Here are the 5 Ways to Wellbeing and some ideas to get started:
1. Connect with people around you
This could be with family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.
2. Be active
Simply put, try to move more. Try to do something that you enjoy, such as walking, running, an exercise class, dancing or gardening at a level that suits your mobility and fitness. See the Government guidelines to see how much exercise is recommended.
3. Take notice of things around you
Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.
4. Keep learning new things
Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.
5. Help others
Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.
Need help? Visit our AHS Services to find out how we can help you.
Katie is a presenter and freelance trainer and has worked on a variety of projects e.g. workplace health, family programmes, active schools, SENCO alive n’ kickin’, 12 week weight loss programmes and diabetes prevention workshops for Adur & Worthing, Mid-Sussex and East Sussex county councils.
Katie offers a range of classes to suit all levels, so no excuses, find your session and book today!
PILATES CHAIR BASED WITH KATIE
A gentle class of movements and stretches to help improve your posture, balance and wellbeing. Using Pilates moves to stabilise and strengthen your pelvic, core and abdominal muscles and increase posture, flexibility and mobility, as well as build muscular strength & maintain bone health.
PILATES WITH KATIE
Standing and seated exercise to improve balance, strength and posture. With the aim of making everyday activities such as walking, housework and gardening easier and preventing falls. This class will work on all the key elements needed for better balance and ease of movement.
PILATES – MAT BASED, ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS
Improve your posture, balance and wellbeing. Maintain a peaceful mind and feel in tune with your body. Learn to engage your core muscles and use the correct breathing techniques to enhance their effectiveness. Use Pilates moves to stabilise and strengthen your pelvic, core and abdominal muscles and increase posture, flexibility and mobility, as well as begin to build your muscular strength and maintain bone health.
PILATES – MAT BASED MIXED ABILITY
Improve your posture, balance, and wellbeing. Use Pilates moves to stabilise and strengthen your pelvic, core and abdominal muscles and increase posture, flexibility, and mobility, as well as build your muscular strength and maintain bone health. This is a structured yet relaxed class for mixed ability individuals looking to challenge their core strength and flexibility with a range of adaptions and modifications available where required.
MAT BASED BACK CARE WORKSHOP
This 5 week course uses Pilates moves which are safe and can help prevent and decrease back pain; including lower back. You will focus on your posture and alignment, perform moves to strengthen your core support muscles and stretch those tight back muscles. You will begin to improve your flexibility, muscular strength and feel more in tune with your body.
One to One Health & Wellbeing Coaching
Working on a one to one basis enables Katie to support you to reach your individual goals.
Katie can support you in many areas, to include:
Safe, effective and sustainable weight loss
Reduce your risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, stroke and some lifestyle cancers
Making healthier food choices as well as understanding portion control
Simplifying your food shop by helping you understand ingredients and food labels
Helping you plan your activities for health and ways to find your motivation
Looking at the impact stress and poor sleep have on your health
Helping you put in place clear and measurable goals for health, wellbeing, & weight loss
Learn skills to maintain weight loss and celebrate successes.
Pilates Mat-based; one to one session
A one-to-one Pilates session enables you to work with a tailored plan which supports you to improve your core strength, posture, balance and flexibility. Perhaps you are recovering from an injury, have a health issue, or are looking to enhance your sports performance and would benefit from a more individualised plan.
Katie can work with you, plan and pace your sessions to ensure you achieve your agreed goals. In addition to her Pilates qualification, Katie has undertaken additional training that enables her to work with specific orthopaedic rehabilitation conditions e.g. those rehabilitating from a hip or knee replacement, back pain, hyper-mobility, shoulder injuries and pelvic floor weakening. Working closely with your rehabilitation notes from your health professional, I will support you to continue your rehabilitation.
Note: It is advised to book a six-week block to enable you to get the benefit of your Pilates sessions, however, you are welcome to book these as individual sessions as per the timetable.
You may believe exercise is only for younger people, but think again!
Dr Nick Cavill, a NHS health-promotion consultant says “As people get older and their bodies decline in function, physical activity helps to slow that decline. It’s important they remain active or even increase their activity as they get older.”
So how much exercise should you do?
The recommendation is 150 minutes of moderate exercise every week. This can be completed over a number of days; for instance 10-15 minutes each morning and 10-15 minutes each evening or 30 minutes of activity 5 days a week, will certainly make sure you are reaching the recommendation.
What is moderate exercise?
You need to do an activity that makes your body work a little harder without it being painful or causing you to become too out of breath. You should always be able to maintain a conversation while exercising.
The amount and type of activity will vary dependant on your individual circumstances. Always choose exercises that you feel confident to do safely. As you exercise more, you’ll be able to do more. Always build up slowly and be patient, you’ll gradually see improvements in your general wellbeing as you continue to be active. If in doubt always seek professional medical advice before starting any new activities.
What exercise is suitable?
Ideally, try to do a mixture of activities to help improve your strength, balance and flexibility plus gentle aerobic activity to work your heart, lungs and circulatory system.
Walking is an excellent activity for all levels, include a few of our online WellBalanced exercises to work on your strength and balance and you’ll certainly notice a difference in no time!
Other recommended activities include Yoga, Pilates, Dancing, Tai Chi, Playing Tennis, Golf or Bowls and Swimming. Walking football and Walking Netball have become popular sports for older people, check with your local leisure centre or Wellbeing service to see what is available in your area.
AHS Wellbeing Online offers a range of classes for older people, including;
Ever wondered what The Alexander Technique is? Well here, Korina Biggs explains all about it!
Why learn the Alexander Technique?
The AT is a practice that enables you to become aware of how the way you move and carry yourself can effect your energy levels, your breathing and sense of ease.
It helps reduce unnecessary stress and tension and can help you find more pleasure in whatever you do.
How do you learn it?
Usually you meet in person with a qualified teacher who uses gentle guiding hands-on as well as verbal cues to bring more awareness and positive change. However in these socially distancing circumstances the teacher uses her observational and listening skills through the screen to be able to guide you.
Korina works with what you want to work with. It maybe that you get neck pain in front of a computer, or that you want to walk with more ease. It maybe that you want to play your musical instrument with less tension or run more lightly – the AT is a practice that you can apply to whatever you do.
What are the benefits?
Clients say they experience less pain and more ease, that their balance improves and that they feel calmer.
The AT is evidence based and research includes significant improvements for back pain, neck pain and balance. For more information on this evidence basis and in general go to www.alexandertechnique.co.uk
We are looking for 10 people who are really serious about improving their Health & Wellbeing to join Susie’s Strength, Stretch & Tone classes starting next week.
Each week you can join Susie in the following sessions;
Susie’s Strength Sessions work on developing and building muscle, as well as improving posture and overall fitness levels. Focusing on the whole body each session.
Whilst the Stretch Session works the whole body with flow style stretching exercises, focussing on specific areas of the body each session. Designed to alleviate the soreness and stiffness from exercise or everyday life.
Finally, Susie’s Tone Session will focusing on conditioning the body. Concentrating on slow, controlled movement to create a high level of intensity without high impact. Perfect for those who want to avoid stress and pressure on the joints!
These sessions are for all abilities and provide a weekly workout that will bring results in no time!
“I’ve struggled for years with my weight, from a young age I had always been overweight and unhappy with how I looked. After trying every diet out there I finally found a love for running and, together with eating right, I managed to lose 4 stone. That was in 2008 and since then, I have become more and more interested in nutrition and different forms of exercise.
This has driven a passion for health and fitness, that in 2015 I decided to change my career, I gave up my job as a manager in University administration and went back to the classroom to gain my personal training qualifications.
After a year with Premier training I qualified with a Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training and became the proud owner of ‘Wellsbeing Fitness’. I’m motivated by helping people like myself who really want to change their lifestyle and achieve their fitness goals in a sustainable way and truly believe that physical fitness and mental well being go hand in hand.”
Join Osteopath Adam on a one to one Lower Back Pain Workshop!
Starting 7th July 2020, this course will run over 5 sessions offering a comprehensive look at how back pain affects you . Each session looks at a different aspect of back pain including your experience of it, how back pain affects your body and your daily life. It will give you specific tools to help you unwind these effects and take back control.
To book just click on the ‘BOOK NOW’ button below and go to the Workshop Tab. Once registered, you can book your course for the discounted price of £250 (usually £300), if you book before 1st July 2020!
If you want to know more before signing up you can book a 15 minutes consultation with Adam for just £1! Just go to the Appointments tabs and select a time to book your session.
Adam Fiske is the Owner and Principal Osteopath of Mid Sussex Osteopaths based in Haywards Heath. This is a multi-therapy practice offering osteopathy, acupuncture and podiatry.
Adam Fiske is the Owner and Principal Osteopath of Mid Sussex Osteopaths based in Haywards Heath. This is a multi-therapy practice offering osteopathy, acupuncture and podiatry.
He has also taught at the British School of Osteopathy as a clinic tutor and worked at the University of Brighton undertaking research into osteopathy. He is currently a member of the Investigating Committee of the profession’s regulator, the General Osteopathic Council. As well as running a Low Back Pain Management course, he also runs a Wellbeing program for the employees and trustees of Borough Market in London.
His practice is built on an ethos of transitioning patients from treatment to activity and movement for their long term health and wellbeing. His extensive experience has led him to a broad approach to low back pain in which patient education, self management and wellness are as crucial to recovery as hands-on treatment is.
We have brought together our network of Fitness Professionals and Wellbeing Experts to offer a brand new online service. AHS Wellbeing Online will keep you active whilst you are at home in the current COVID-19 crisis and beyond.