Step into Spring with our 5 Top Tips to Getting Started

If your enthusiasm to start a new exercise programme has waned after the first week or two, don’t worry, we’ve got some useful tips to help you enjoy your workouts, maintain your fitness programme and have a positive impact on your wellbeing.

Tip #1 Try a variety of activities

There is no single exercise that is best for you. We need a range of activity to work our heart,lungs & circulatory system (Cardio) and strengthen our bones & muscles (Strength & Conditioning). Try a range of activities to find the ones you enjoy, because if you enjoy it, you’ll stick with it!

Tip #2 Set realistic expectations

When you’re feeling motivated to get fit, lose weight or improve your health & wellbeing, it’s really easy to set yourself unrealistic targets. If you’ve not exercised for a while, planning to exercise everyday may set you up for failure. It can lead to you feeling exhausted, pressured and giving up. Instead, build your routine gradually. Start with one activity and when you are comfortable with this, add another activity and before you know it, exercise will become part of your normal routine.

Tip # 3 Work out with a friend

This may not be easy during a pandemic, but planning to join the same online class as a friend or meeting up with them for a walk or run, once restrictions allow, can help you stick to your plan.

Tip # 4 Keep focused on your ‘why’

Our ‘why’ is what motivates us to become more active in the first place. Your ‘why’ maybe to achieve a new challenge, improve your health, lose weight or feel less stressed. Whatever it is, remind yourself everyday why you are exercising. Read our Believing is Achieving blog for some useful tools to keep you focused.

Tip #5 There’s no failure, only feedback

Changing our habits doesn’t come easy! If you find yourself reverting back to your old habits, don’t beat yourself up! See it as a journey and you have just become sidetracked, learn from it and get right back on track. For more info, read our blog on habit change.

Final Takeaway

Switch the idea of exercise to movement, here is a wellbeing hack from Sal Jefferies

Want to know more?

Try joining Sal Jefferies Mindset & De-Stress Clinic on Weds at 9.30am or catch up on our ‘On Demand’ Page, it’s a great way to get started.

New Movement Class for beginners

AHS Wellbeing are really excited to bring this new class to their online timetable.

Taking place every Wednesday at 10.30am until 11.30am, yoga teacher, courage coach and contemporary psychotherapist Sal Jefferies will guide you through a Movement Class, which is ideal for beginners or those returning to exercise.

To join the class, simply register with AHS Wellbeing and you will get your first class FREE!

Here Sal explains more about the class:

Hello, my name is Sal and I teach one of the movement classes called vinyasa yoga,

This class is a movement-based class where we stretch and move and get the whole body working through a range of easy exercises which can be adapted so it’s perfect or beginners.


If you’ve not done exercise for a while or you’re working through weight issues or pain issues then this class will be very helpful. My class is really about helping you bring awareness to your body and helping you move with more ease and comfort.  A lot of the exercises really help get rid of physical tension and tightness which can reduce aches and pains. In the class, I teach so you can go to your own pace and hold back if you need to meaning you can enjoy the class and feel safe. Many of my students say they’ve gained a lot of confidence doing these classes as they move better, feel better and this has significant effect on your mood, stress levels and helps you feel good for the rest of day. 


My approach to teaching is light-hearted and encouraging and I like to make you feel welcome and safe so you can get the benefits of this practice and leave feeling calm and confident. I whole-heartedly encourage you to come to a class and see for yourself and I welcome any questions in advance so please get in touch.

I look forward to seeing you at class. Sal

Welcome to Katie Woodgate

We are delighted to welcome Katie Woodgate. One of our AHS Wellbeing Online partners, Katie is all set for the launch of our new online Wellbeing service.

Katie is a Pilates, Fitness, Coach and Nutrition & Weight Management Practitioner and offers a range of classes including;

  • Body Maintenance – Movement, Strength & Stretch
  • Pilates : Mat Based Beginner+
  • Pilates : Chair-Based
  • Pilates : Mat-based for the Absolute Beginner
  • PLUS

A 6 week Pilates, Mat Based, Back Care Workshop starting on Sat 20th June 2020.

Using Pilates moves which are safe & can help prevent & decrease back pain. Focus is on posture & alignment, performing moves to strengthen core support muscles & stretch tight back muscles. For anyone who suffers with nagging lower back pain, muscular pain between the shoulder blades or who worries that their job or hobbies are starting to affect their posture & back. Also, for those who have been advised by a GP or Physiotherapist to do a gentle Pilates class. The ability to lie on a mat is required.

All classes are suitable for those new to exercise, looking for gentle exercise to improve their wellbeing and offer something a little more advanced for the more regular exerciser.

You will be able to book all classes from tomorrow, so watch this space!