Week beginning 22 March

Hello,
I am really loving how much more daylight we are having and how much the birds are singing first thing. I went for an early morning walk on Worden Park last week and just stopped and listened to the birds. The morning was misty and it was really atmospheric. It is really good to take those moments sometimes.(1) Facebook
Yesterday was the Spring Equinox and officially the start of Spring How the Spring Equinox marks the changing seasons (telegraph.co.uk). Hurrah!

Nordic Walking 
As we are permitted to have outdoor group exercise from 29 March I am looking to start our Saturday Nordic Walking group on Saturday 3 April. More information to follow. I need to check all the Covid guidelines and we will probably be starting on Paradise Lane as Worden Park has been incredibly busy but I will let you know. We have really missed our group walks and the social aspect of them.

Zoom time changes
Daytime classes are 30 minutes earlier and there is no Zumba on Monday mornings. See timetable below. This is to allow me to do my Census 21 work. 

Today is Census day. 
As you probably know this has been happening in England and Wales every 10 years since 1801 with the exception of 1941.
(1) Facebook It is kept anonymous for 100 years and then de-anonymised and released much to the excitement of people interested in family history. It is used for planning of schools, medical services and  transport. I will be  out and about helping anybody who hasn’t been able to do it. If anybody knocks on your door saying they are from the Census they should have an id badge and be wearing a  hi-viz vest.

The Do Fitness Private Facebook Group If you are Facebook user please join our private group so we can keep in touch with each other www.facebook.com/groups/1113432258991949  Please feel free to add photos from some of your socially distanced  walks when you are out and about.

Videos on Youtube – new dances
Please feel free to access our Do Fitness video channel  (18) Do Fitness – YouTube 
You can make your own play list so you don’t have to scroll through all the videos.
How to make a YouTube play list – thank you to Soo for this
Go to Do Fitness YouTube by clicking on the link above
Select video which you want to add to play list
Under the video, there are various options which include Share or Save
Click on Save – this will bring up an option to Save To, and there will also be an option here to Create New Play list
Click on Create New Play list and you will be given the option to name your play list, I have called mine Zumba Routine 1, and so on.  When you have given it a title, make sure you click Create to save your play list
You can now add as many videos as you like to this play list by following the above steps with each video you choose, because when you click Save, the play list will automatically pop up and you just need to click on it and the video will go into the play list
To access your play lists, you will need to go to the Library option which is part of YouTube 
You can re-order your list of videos easily enough but I always make sure I start with a warm up, finish with a cool down track, and just pop my favourites in between. They should play one after the other, just like your routines.

Timetable – all classes can be booked through Gymcatch on Book a class – Do Fitness with Diane Oakden

Monday 22 March
9am Move It Mondays (with weights)

Wednesday 24 March
9am Zumba Zoom
10am Pilates

Thursday 25 March
6.30pm Zumba Zoom
7.30pm Pilates

Friday 26 March
9am Zumba Zoom
10am Pilates

Love from
x
Diane

Happy Mother’s Day and Zoom classes week beginning 15 March

Hello,

Happy Mother’s Day – it is going to be a strange one this year for everyone. Whether we can’t see our Mums or our children can’t see us -hopefully we can make up for it later in the year! 
Last week I was contacted by 3 of our venues talking about starting our indoor classes again – more light at the end of the tunnel. We are looking at mid-May start following current government guidelines.

Zoom time changes
There were some time changes last week to our Zoom timetable – daytime classes 30 minutes earlier and there is no Zumba on Monday mornings. See timetable below. This is to allow me to do my Census 21 work. Look out for me in my hi-vis vest round the streets of Leyland. Census 2021  This week there is no Thursday evening Zumba


The Do Fitness Private Facebook Group If you are Facebook user please join our private group so we can keep in touch with each other www.facebook.com/groups/1113432258991949  Please feel free to add photos from some of your socially distanced  walks when you are out and about.

Videos on Youtube – new dances
Please feel free to access our Do Fitness video channel  (18) Do Fitness – YouTube 
You can make your own play list so you don’t have to scroll through all the videos.

Timetable – all classes can be booked through Gymcatch on Book a class – Do Fitness with Diane Oakden

Monday 15 March
9am Move It Mondays

Wednesday 17 March
9am Zumba Zoom
10am Pilates

Thursday 18 March
7.30pm Pilates

Friday 19 March
9am Zumba Zoom
10am Pilates

Love from
x
Diane

Zoom classes week beginning 8 March, time changes and light at the end of the tunnel.

Hello,

There is light at the end of the tunnel now! Nordic Walking is allowed to start from the end of March and indoor classes in the middle of May. Of course there are no guarantees as we have to keep an eye on the infection rates but I am optimistic. Facebook


Zoom time changes.
There have been some time changes to our Zoom timetable – daytime classes 30 minutes earlier and there is no Zumba on Monday mornings. See timetable below. This is to allow me to do my Census 21 work. Look out for me in my hi-vis vest round the streets of Leyland. Census 2021

Class member doing Memory Walk
Our lovely Zumba Gold class member Tony Holt is going to do this to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society. Alzheimer’s has really affected his family as it does many families. Here is a message from Tony:
Hi. I’m fundraising for Alzheimer’s Society. It’s a charity that means a lot to me – my JustGiving page tells you what I’m doing and why. Please donate if you can! https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mw577591  I’m primarily walking for my son-in-law; he started with Alzheimer’s at age 55, he’s now 63, unable to talk, and has great difficulty walking. His wife (my step-daughter) has suffered for years with MS. They live alone, and she has to cope with everything.


The Do Fitness Private Facebook Group If you are Facebook user please join our private group so we can keep in touch with each other www.facebook.com/groups/1113432258991949  Please feel free to add photos from some of your socially distanced  walks when you are out and about.

Videos on Youtube – new dances
Please feel free to access our Do Fitness video channel  (18) Do Fitness – YouTube 
You can make your own play list so you don’t have to scroll through all the videos.

Timetable – all classes can be booked through Gymcatch on Book a class – Do Fitness with Diane Oakden

Monday 8 March
9am Move It Mondays

Wednesday 10 March
9am Zumba Zoom
10am Pilates

Thursday 11 March
6.30pm Zumba
7.30pm Pilates

Friday 12 March
9am Zumba Zoom
10am PIlates

Love from
x
Diane

Zoom classes next week and Memory Walk by class member

Hello,

Warmer temperatures and spring flowers popping up has made my walks this week a real pleasure and of course bumping into some of you!
The coming week we are only having Zoom classes on Thursday evening. As the vaccination centre I work at is only open a couple of days a week until they get more supplies I will be working as a Census 21 Officer to make up my hours. So you might see me out and about in a flourescent waistcoat. I have Census training  next week so that is the reason we only have Thursday evening classes. I didn’t realise the modern census in the UK had been going since 1801 and is often included in ancestory programmes. Census history – Office for National Statistics (ons.gov.uk) . You might have received a leaflet  through the door entitled ‘The Census is Coming’ with information about your Census pack. For information go to  Census 2021 . 

Class member doing Memory Walk
Our lovely Zumba Gold class member Tony Holt is going to do this to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society. Alzheimer’s has really affected his family as it does many families. Here is a message from Tony:

Hi. I’m fundraising for Alzheimer’s Society. It’s a charity that means a lot to me – my JustGiving page tells you what I’m doing and why. Please donate if you can! https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mw577591  I’m primarily walking for my son-in-law; he started with Alzheimer’s at age 55, he’s now 63, unable to talk, and has great difficulty walking. His wife (my step-daughter) has suffered for years with MS. They live alone, and she has to cope with everything.




Zoom classes week beginning Monday 1 March
There will only be classes on Thursday 4 March in the evening.
Please see timetable at the bottom of the page. 

The Do Fitness Private Facebook Group If you are Facebook user please join our private group so we can keep in touch with each other www.facebook.com/groups/1113432258991949  Please feel free to add photos from some of your socially distanced  walks when you are out and about.

Videos on Youtube – new dances
Please feel free to access our Do Fitness video channel  (18) Do Fitness – YouTube 
You can make your own play list so you don’t have to scroll through all the videos.


Timetable – all classes can be booked through Gymcatch on Book a class – Do Fitness with Diane Oakden
Thursday 4 March
6.30pm Zumba
7.30pm Pilates

Love from
x
Diane


Sunshine and spring flowers on my walk yesterday

Zoom classes week beginning 22 February, vaccinations and Ruby Wax.

More than 17 million people in the UK have had at least one dose of the Covid 19 vaccine. The vaccination programme is going really well in the UK especially here in the north of England. I have even booked some of you in at Preston Grasshoppers although you might not have recognised me at first behind my mask! Boris Johnson is expected to lay out plans for the easing of lockdown tomorrow Monday 22 February. Looking at press reports there is cautious optimism in the air that things might start to become less restricted by April – but we have been here before so we shall see.

Relaxation, Meditation and Mindfulness Instructor
Due to having more time during lockdown I have now qualified as a Relaxation, Meditation and Mindfulness Instructor. This is something I have wanted to do for many years as I use relaxarion exercises and mindfulness to help me with my type of MS and the trauma of losing my son Yianni. As a treat for myself I am also doing a 6 week course with Ruby Wax on MIndfulness (along with a few hundred other people). Ruby has a masters’s degree from Oxford in mindfulness based cognitive therapy. She has found mindfulness has really helped her and she is certainly entertaining! I think we have all experienced pressures on our mental wellbeing over the last 12 months and found ways to keep ourselves as well as possible. Exercise really is one key to keeping well for most of us! 

Collecting your used stamps to raise money for the RNIB
Thanks again for this week’s stamps – Lesley K., O’pen Office, Janet G., Brenda M and others. Christine from Zumba will prepare and send the stamps off to the RNIB to raise much needed funds to support their work. You can send the stamps to me at 11, Cedarwood Drive Leyland PR25 1HN and I will forward them to Christine. 

Zoom classes week beginning 22 February
Please see timetable at the bottom of the page. 

The Do Fitness Private Facebook Group If you are Facebook user please join our private group so we can keep in touch with each other www.facebook.com/groups/1113432258991949  Please feel free to add photos from some of your socially distanced  walks when you are out and about.

Videos on Youtube – new dances
Please feel free to access our Do Fitness video channel  (18) Do Fitness – YouTube 
You can make your own play list so you don’t have to scroll through all the videos.


Timetable – all classes can be booked through Gymcatch on Book a class – Do Fitness with Diane Oakden

Monday  22 February
9.30am Move It Mondays Zoom
10.30am Zumba Zoom

Wednesday 24 February
9.30am Zumba Zoom
10.30am Pilates Zoom

Thursday 25 February
6.30pm Zumba
7.30pm Pilates

Friday 26 February
9.30am Zumba Zoom
10.30am Pilates Zoom


Love from
x
Diane

Zoom classes week beginning 15 February

Hello,

More than 14 million people in the UK have had at least one dose of the Covid 19 vaccine – part of the biggest vaccination programme the country has ever launched. Great news and positive progress and many of you have already had the vaccination.
As I have been on my walks I have loved the fact that I have bumped into my class members. Many of you have said you can’t wait for us to be able to come back to face to face classes which is lovely to hear and I can’t wait either! Below is a picture of how it used to be.

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Zoom
Thanks for the people who are joining me on Zoom. It is easy to use once you get used to it and the Zoom classes are starting to feel more sociable. Sometimes things do go wrong as this American lawyer found when there was a cat filter on his Zoom by accident. 
(86) Filter turns lawyer into cat during Zoom hearing – YouTube

or remember to put your pants on
(86) 2020’s Most Embarrassing Zoom Moments – YouTube


Collecting your used stamps to raise money for the RNIB
Thanks again for this weeks stamps – Christine M., Shirley, Susan M., Catherine H., Jacoba, and more. Christine from Zumba will prepare and send the stamps off to the RNIB to raise much needed funds to support their work. You can send the stamps to me at 11, Cedarwood Drive Leyland PR25 1HN and I will forward them to Christine. 


Zoom classes week beginning 15 February
Please see timetable at the bottom of the page. Our evening Zumba and Pilates has moved to Thursdays.

The Do Fitness Private Facebook Group If you are Facebook user please join our private group so we can keep in touch with each other www.facebook.com/groups/1113432258991949  Please feel free to add photos from some of your socially distanced  walks when you are out and about.

Videos on Youtube – new dances
Please feel free to access our Do Fitness video channel  (18) Do Fitness – YouTube
You can make your own play list so you don’t have to scroll through all the videos.

Timetable – all classes can be booked through Gymcatch on Book a class – Do Fitness with Diane Oakden

Monday  15 February
9.30am Move It Mondays Zoom
10.30am Zumba Zoom

Wednesday 17 February
9.30am Zumba Zoom
10.30am Pilates Zoom

Thursday 18 February
6.30pm Zumba
7.30pm Pilates

Friday 19 February
9.30am Zumba Zoom
10.30am Pilates Zoom

Love from
x
Diane