The New Year’s resolutions should have been in full swing and that beach body should now be honed …..but Covid-19 has kind of put a spanner in the works. All this down time may allow you to think more closely about what facilities are really available to you from a location and financial perspective and which are the best options to allow you to achieve your fitness goals.
Living and working in rural areas can mean the choices available to you are limited especially when taking into account our biggest barrier to exercise – lack of time. Time spent travelling to your preferred destination means time not exercising. And when life is already hectic you need to think tactically when choosing where to exercise.
There have been some massive shifts in the fitness industry since I first started out as a personal trainer creating more choice for the user and keeping prices competitive. So if you haven’t yet donned the Lycra, hold fire and let’s look at some of the options available.
Perhaps the ‘Waitrose’ option would be a David Lloyd gym (davidlloyd.co.uk) encompassing swim, gym, classes, coaching, kids clubs and treatment facilities under one roof – great (I hear you gasp). But they’re not always local, local and you’ll be paying over £1000/year. If you’re still excited by this option do check the class timetables fit around your life before parting with your cash!
Council run facilities can be a good ‘Tesco’ option. Just note that if you’re situated in the middle of two different counties (as we are in Lambourn) membership of one facility won’t allow you to use sites run by another council.
Personal trainers are dotted around. You can find prospective PT’s on the Register of Exercise Professionals (exerciseregister.org) or CIMSPA (cimspa.co.uk). Check prospective PT’s are registered so you know insurances and qualifications are up to date.
And if you want to get involved in a specific sport you can go to the National Governing Body website sportengland.org where you can search for a recognised sport’s contact information.
Social media platforms like Facebook can be a great tool in deciphering whether classes and activities in rural areas are right for you.
And if you don’t have the funds or the time get onto You Tube and try something like ‘Yoga with Adriene’ (yogawithadriene.com). Classes are approx. 20 minutes and at 6.01M subscribers she must be doing something right!
So don’t let a lack of finances, time or a rural location stop you from achieving your exercise goals. Let us know what sporting activities you’ve been involved in and what you’d like to have a go at next.