Week beginning 28 March



Hello,
Another stunning weekend with beautiful weather!
A subject that has come up in class recently is sleep- how to fall asleep and how to stay asleep. Below is a really useful article. I would also add watch your caffeine intake in coffee and tea. If I have a cup of tea after 5pm that is it I can’t sleep! Class members have found they are sleeping better after getting out in the fresh air for a walk and also after Pilates.
Dealing with insomnia: tips to sleep better | BHF

No classes on Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 March
There will be no classes on Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 March due to a family funeral in Essex

Ukraine fundraising and appeals

This week we are having a prize draw to win a beautiful hand knitted blanket made by our amazing class member Debbie Tuson. £1 to enter your name in the draw.
So far you have raised £120 (knitted bunnies and teddies) for Ukraine Appeal Disaster and Emergency Committee and donated items like medicines, toiletries and tinned food have been taken to International Aid Trust THANK YOU!
Home | Disasters Emergency Committee (dec.org.uk)
Ukraine Appeal – latest update – International Aid Trust


Salsa Night Fox Lane Sports and Social Club 8pm Saturday 2 April

This promises to a great night with a lesson from a world Champion salsa dancer. To book go to:
 St. Andrew’s Church, Leyland : Church Calendar (standrewsleyland.org.uk)

New start point for Wednesday afternoon 3pm Nordic Walking from April
We are going back to our original Cuerden Valley start point on Berkeley Drive carpark from 6 April.


Easter Holidays
No classes on and from Good Friday 15 April and all the following week. We start back on Monday 25 April.

Cuckoo Walks Brindle Saturday 23 April – no 10.30am Nordic Walk group that day
The Brindle Cuckoo Walks are an annual event run to encourage walkers to enjoy the countryside around Brindle Village by joining us on our family-friendly day. Walks of different lengths are offered and each is led by an experienced Leader, enabling everyone to enjoy the countryside in the company of other walkers. Numbers are limited, so early registration on-line is advised. (see below for details) Pick a walk length that suits you (or your group) and pay by Credit Card or PayPal. This event is run by volunteers from the Brindle Community, and profits are given to charities and local causes. This year, the beneficiaries will be voted for by all registered walkers on the day, and funds distributed accordingly.
Brindle Cuckoo Walks Registration, Sat 23 Apr 2022 at 09:00 | Eventbrite

Cancelling a class booking
If you need to cancel a class booking please go to Gymcatch and cancel there – as long as you do it before the class starts your Gymcatch account will be credited. 

Do Fitness videos
This is the link to all the videos you can use any time Do Fitness Videos – Do Fitness with Diane Oakden and you can make your own playlist of your favourites.
New videos
(1) Zumba with Diane Oakden Out Out – YouTube
(1) Zumba dance with Diane A Contracorriente – YouTube
(1) Zumba dance with Diane Acapulco – YouTube

Nordic Walkers – Birdsong
As we walk along we can hear different bird song – but I rarely know what the birds are -here are useful guides to what we are hearing
RSPB | Sounds of…Parks and Gardens
RSPB | Sounds of… woodlands

Stamps
Christine T is still collecting used stamps for RNIB to help raise funds for people who are affected by sight loss. If you bring them into class I will forward them to her.RNIB – See differently   Thank you Christine.

MS and Seated Pilates on Zoom 
If you know anyone who has MS and would like to join our Zoom Seated Pilates class on Wednesdays at 1.30pm please ask them to email chorley@mssociety.org.uk for a link to join us. This is great for anyone who finds it difficult to get out of the house – you just need internet access.

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  

Timetable – all classes can be booked through Gymcatch onBook a class – Do Fitness with Diane OakdenMonday 28 March
9.30am Move It Mondays   Prospect House Sandy Lane
10.30am Pilates                  Prospect House Sandy Lane
11.30am Zumba Gold         Prospect House Sandy Lane
12.30am Seated Pilates      Prospect House Sandy Lane
6.30pm Nordic Walking       meet Leyland Tesco’s Extra

Tuesday 29 March
No classes

Wednesday 30 March
No classes

Thursday 31 March
3.30pm Nordic Walking     (Well Being) Worden Park 
6.30pm Zumba                  Prospect House Sandy Lane
7.30pm Pilates                   Prospect House Sandy Lane

Friday 1 April
9.30am Zumba                 Prospect House Sandy Lane
10.30am Pilates                Prospect House Sandy Lane
11.30am Zumba Gold       Prospect House Sandy Lane
12.30am Barre/ Standing  Pilates Prospect House Sandy Lane

Saturday 2 April
10.30am Nordic Walking     meet Paradise Lane, Leyland

Love from Diane xxx

 

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Week beginning 21 March



Hello,
Stunning weekend with beautiful weather. Nordic Walking was a joy yesterday spotting the blackthorn blossom coming out. The sunshine really does make all the difference! Hanging the washing out was an absolute pleasure for me and so relaxing in the sunshine. At this time of worries- stress relieving activities are really important – here are more ideas  9 simple stress relieving activities – Rest Less.

Ukraine fundraising and appeals
This week we are having a prize draw to win on of these beautiful hand knitted blankets made by our amazing class member Debbie Tuson. £1 to enter your name in the draw.
So far you have raised £120 (knitted bunnies and teddies) for Ukraine Appeal Disaster and Emergency Committee and donated items like medicines, toiletries and tinned food have been taken to International Aid Trust THANK YOU!
Home | Disasters Emergency Committee (dec.org.uk)
Ukraine Appeal – latest update – International Aid Trust No classes on Tuesday 29 March and Wednesday 30 March
I will be away for a family funeral sorry no classes those dates.

New start point for Wednesday afternoon 3pm Nordic Walking from April
We are going back to our original Cuerden Valley start point on Berkeley Drive carpark from 6 April.

Salsa Night Fox Lane Sports and Social Club 8pm Saturday 2 April
This promises to a great night with a lesson from a world Champion salsa dancer. To book go to:
 St. Andrew’s Church, Leyland : Church Calendar (standrewsleyland.org.uk)

Easter Holidays
No classes on and from Good Friday 15 April and all the following week. We start back on Saturday 23 April.

Cancelling a class booking
If you need to cancel a class booking please go to Gymcatch and cancel there – as long as you do it before the class starts your Gymcatch account will be credited. 

Do Fitness videos
This is the link to all the videos you can use any time Do Fitness Videos – Do Fitness with Diane Oakden and you can make your own playlist of your favourites.
New videos
(1) Zumba with Diane Oakden Out Out – YouTube
(1) Zumba dance with Diane A Contracorriente – YouTube
(1) Zumba dance with Diane Acapulco – YouTube

Omur Abay- Hola Senorita video
(1) MALUMA & GIMS – Hola Senorita / OMUR ABAY & SENA YILMAZ / NEW ZUMBA CHOREO / Zumba fitness – YouTube
This is the dance we use in class (with small changes) that I talk about. It makes you want to go on holiday to somewhere sunny and the little girl is brilliant!

Nordic Walkers – Birdsong
As we walk along we can hear different bird song – but I rarely know what the birds are -here are useful guides to what we are hearing
RSPB | Sounds of…Parks and Gardens
RSPB | Sounds of… woodlands

Stamps
Christine T is still collecting used stamps for RNIB to help raise funds for people who are affected by sight loss. If you bring them into class I will forward them to her.RNIB – See differently   Thank you Christine.

MS and Seated Pilates on Zoom 
If you know anyone who has MS and would like to join our Zoom Seated Pilates class on Wednesdays at 1.30pm please ask them to email chorley@mssociety.org.uk for a link to join us. This is great for anyone who finds it difficult to get out of the house – you just need internet access.

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  

Timetable – all classes can be booked through Gymcatch on Book a class – Do Fitness with Diane OakdenMonday 21 March
9.30am Move It Mondays   Prospect House Sandy Lane
10.30am Pilates                  Prospect House Sandy Lane
11.30am Zumba Gold         Prospect House Sandy Lane
12.30am Seated Pilates      Prospect House Sandy Lane
6.30pm Nordic Walking       meet Leyland Tesco’s Extra

Tuesday 22 March
10am Nordic Walking          Meet Leyland Tesco’s Extra
1.30pm Zumba Gold           Primrose Gardens Fleet Street Chorley
 Wednesday 23 March
9.30am Zumba                    Prospect House Sandy Lane
10.30am Pilates                  Prospect House Sandy Lane
11.30am Chairfit                  Prospect House Sandy Lane
3.00 pm Nordic Walking      Cuerden Valley Town Brow – Sheep Hill start

Thursday 24 March
3.30pm Nordic Walking     (Well Being) Worden Park 
6.30pm Zumba                  Prospect House Sandy Lane
7.30pm Pilates                   Prospect House Sandy Lane

Friday 25 March
9.30am Zumba                 Prospect House Sandy Lane
10.30am Pilates                Prospect House Sandy Lane
11.30am Zumba Gold       Prospect House Sandy Lane
12.30am Barre/ Standing  Pilates Prospect House Sandy Lane

Saturday 26 March
10.30am Nordic Walking     meet Paradise Lane, Leyland

Love from Diane xxx

 

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Week beginning 14 March

Hello,
Welcome to our new class members who have joined us recently. Don’t forget there are lots of videos you can use- particulary Zumba dances which are available via the Do Fitness video link and there is a private Facebook group so class members can talk to each other or post pictures.

The news has been very difficult to listen to over the last two weeks and I haven’t mentioned it in class as our classes are a space where we can relax and forget about our worries. However we are doing some fundraising and donating in class over the next few weeks – information below:

Ukraine fundraising and appeals
Easter Bunnies and Teddy Bears – Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal by DEC

An amazing class member Judith has knitted Easter Bunnies and Teddy Bears that we are selling in class for £5 each and all the money will be donated to the Ukraine appeal by the Disasters and Emergency Committee see below
Home | Disasters Emergency Committee (dec.org.uk)

International Aid Trust
If anyone would like to donate any of the items listed below our class member Sandra will deliver them to International Aid Trust. Thank you Sandra

Ukraine Appeal – latest update – International Aid Trust

No classes on Tuesday 29 March and Wednesday 30 March
I will be away for a family funeral sorry no classes those dates.

Salsa Night Fox Lane Sports and Social Club 8pm Saturday 2 April


This promises to a great night with a lesson from a world Champion salsa dancer. To book go to:
 St. Andrew’s Church, Leyland : Church Calendar (standrewsleyland.org.uk)

Cancelling a class booking
If you need to cancel a class booking please go to Gymcatch and cancel there – as long as you do it before the class starts your Gymcatch account will be credited. 

Do Fitness videos
This is the link to all the videos you can use any time Do Fitness Videos – Do Fitness with Diane Oakden and you can make your own playlist of your favourites.

Stamps
Christine T is still collecting used stamps for RNIB to help raise funds for people who are affected by sight loss. If you bring them into class I will forward them to her.RNIB – See differently   Thank you Christine.

MS and Seated Pilates on Zoom 
If you know anyone who has MS and would like to join our Zoom Seated Pilates class on Wednesdays at 1.30pm please ask them to email chorley@mssociety.org.uk for a link to join us. This is great for anyone who finds it difficult to get out of the house – you just need internet access.

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  

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

Monday 14 March
9.30am Move It Mondays   Prospect House Sandy Lane
10.30am Pilates                  Prospect House Sandy Lane
11.30am Zumba Gold         Prospect House Sandy Lane
12.30am Seated Pilates      Prospect House Sandy Lane
6.30pm Nordic Walking       meet Leyland Tesco’s Extra

Tuesday 15 March
10am Nordic Walking          Meet Leyland Tesco’s Extra
1.30pm Zumba Gold           Primrose Gardens Fleet Street Chorley
 

Wednesday 16 March
9.30am Zumba                    Prospect House Sandy Lane
10.30am Pilates                  Prospect House Sandy Lane
11.30am Chairfit                  Prospect House Sandy Lane
3.00 pm Nordic Walking      Cuerden Valley Town Brow – Sheep Hill start

Thursday 17 March
3.30pm Nordic Walking     (Well Being) Worden Park 
6.30pm Zumba                  Prospect House Sandy Lane
7.30pm Pilates                   Prospect House Sandy Lane

Friday 18 March
9.30am Zumba                 Prospect House Sandy Lane
10.30am Pilates                Prospect House Sandy Lane
11.30am Zumba Gold       Prospect House Sandy Lane
12.30am Barre/ Standing  Pilates Prospect House Sandy Lane

Saturday 19 March
10.30am Nordic Walking     meet Paradise Lane, Leyland

Love from Diane xxx

Week beginning 7 March



Hello,
Another beautiful weekend – I hope you all got out in the sunshine. It really does make all the difference and lifts our spirits! Today I just wanted to talk about warming up and how important it is. Whatever exercise you take part in make sure you have had a warm up to prevent injury.

Why warming up is so important

We always start a class with a warm up and these are the reasons why:

It gets your heart rate up  Getting your heart rate up gradually is important. Doing it slowly instead of all at once allows your body to adjust to the increased workload progressively.
It helps to lubricate your joints  The more you move your joints, the more lubricated they get. Most joints are synovial joints. Bones that end in a synovial joint have a layer of cartilage at the end of them. In the joint between the layers of cartilage is synovial fluid. It’s this synovial fluid that becomes less viscous and allows joints to move more easily when you do a warm up. 
It warms up your muscles  Your muscles are able to perform better when they’re warm. Including a warm up in your workout ensures that they’re warm before you start asking them to do harder things. In addition, getting more blood to your muscles means that they also have more access to oxygen. Oxygen is the fuel that gets them working.
It’s mental preparation In addition to getting ready physically, warm ups help you to prepare mentally as well. Getting in the ‘zone’ and  allows you to put in 100% effort.

No classes on Tuesday 29 March and Wednesday 30 March
I will be away for a family funeral sorry no classes those dates.

Salsa Night Fox Lane Sports and Social Club 8pm Saturday 2 April
This promises to a great night with a lesson from a world Champion salsa dancer. To book go to:
 St. Andrew’s Church, Leyland : Church Calendar (standrewsleyland.org.uk)

Cancelling a class booking
If you need to cancel a class booking please go to Gymcatch and cancel there – as long as you do it before the class starts your Gymcatch account will be credited. 

Do Fitness videos
I have started to put some more videos on our Youtube channel – 2 new Zumba Dances
(21) Zumba with Diane- Brand New Swagger – YouTube
(21) Zumba with Diane Mr Saxobeat – YouTube
This is the link to all the videos you can use any time Do Fitness Videos – Do Fitness with Diane Oakden and you can make your own playlist of your favourites.

Stamps
Christine T is still collecting used stamps for RNIB to help raise funds for people who are affected by sight loss. If you bring them into class I will forward them to her.RNIB – See differently   Thank you Christine.

MS and Seated Pilates on Zoom 
If you know anyone who has MS and would like to join our Zoom Seated Pilates class on Wednesdays at 1.30pm please ask them to email chorley@mssociety.org.uk for a link to join us. This is great for anyone who finds it difficult to get out of the house – you just need internet access.

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  

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

Monday 7 March
9.30am Move It Mondays   Prospect House Sandy Lane
10.30am Pilates                  Prospect House Sandy Lane
11.30am Zumba Gold         Prospect House Sandy Lane
12.30am Seated Pilates      Prospect House Sandy Lane
6.30pm Nordic Walking       meet Leyland Tesco’s Extra

Tuesday 8 March
10am Nordic Walking          Meet Leyland Tesco’s Extra
1.30pm Zumba Gold           Primrose Gardens Fleet Street Chorley
 

Wednesday 9 March
9.30am Zumba                    Prospect House Sandy Lane
10.30am Pilates                  Prospect House Sandy Lane
11.30am Chairfit                  Prospect House Sandy Lane
3.00 pm Nordic Walking      Cuerden Valley Town Brow – Sheep Hill start

Thursday 10 March
3.30pm Nordic Walking     (Well Being) Worden Park 
6.30pm Zumba                  Prospect House Sandy Lane
7.30pm Pilates                   Prospect House Sandy Lane

Friday 11 March
9.30am Zumba                 Prospect House Sandy Lane
10.30am Pilates                Prospect House Sandy Lane
11.30am Zumba Gold       Prospect House Sandy Lane
12.30am Barre/ Standing  Pilates Prospect House Sandy Lane

Saturday 12 March
10.30am Nordic Walking     meet Paradise Lane, Leyland

Love from Diane xxx

Week beginning Monday 28 February

Hello,

We have had the pleasure of beautiful spring weather this weekend to help us forget the storms and rain. Nordic Walking was a complete joy yesterday in the sunshine as we explored a new route by the banks of the River Lostock in Leyland. River Lostock – Wikipedia. Now the weather is getting better I will be putting on more Nordic Walking technique courses or refresher sessions for people who want to come and join us. Nordic Walking with Diane Oakden – YouTube

Cancelling a class booking
If you need to cancel a class booking please go to Gymcatch and cancel there – as long as you do it before the class starts your Gymcatch account will be credited. 

Do Fitness videos
I have started to put some more videos on our Youtube channel – this week 3 Zumba dances
Zumba warm-up Good Feeling- Flo Rida – YouTube
Zumba with Diane Oakden Pa’Que Goces – YouTube
Zumba with Diane Oakden – Do My Thing- Estelle – YouTube
This is the link to all the videos you can use any time Do Fitness Videos – Do Fitness with Diane Oakden and you can make your own playlist of your favourites.

Stamps
Christine T is still collecting used stamps for RNIB to help raise funds for people who are affected by sight loss. If you bring them into class I will forward them to her.RNIB – See differently   Thank you Christine.

MS and Seated Pilates on Zoom 
If you know anyone who has MS and would like to join our Zoom Seated Pilates class on Wednesdays at 1.30pm please ask them to email chorley@mssociety.org.uk for a link to join us. This is great for anyone who finds it difficult to get out of the house – you just need internet access.

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  

Timetable – all classes can be booked through Gymcatch on Book a class – Do Fitness with Diane OakdenMonday 28 February
9.30am Move It Mondays   Prospect House Sandy Lane
10.30am Pilates                  Prospect House Sandy Lane
11.30am Zumba Gold         Prospect House Sandy Lane
12.30am Seated Pilates      Prospect House Sandy Lane
6.30pm Nordic Walking       meet Leyland Tesco’s Extra

Tuesday 1 March
10am Nordic Walking          Meet Leyland Tesco’s Extra
1.30pm Zumba Gold           Primrose Gardens Fleet Street Chorley
 Wednesday 2 March
9.30am Zumba                    Prospect House Sandy Lane
10.30am Pilates                  Prospect House Sandy Lane
11.30am Chairfit                  Prospect House Sandy Lane
3.00 pm Nordic Walking      Cuerden Valley Town Brow – Sheep Hill start

Thursday 3 March
3.30pm Nordic Walking     (Well Being) Worden Park 
6.30pm Zumba                  Prospect House Sandy Lane
7.30pm Pilates                   Prospect House Sandy Lane

Friday 4 March
9.30am Zumba                 Prospect House Sandy Lane
10.30am Pilates                Prospect House Sandy Lane
11.30am Zumba Gold       Prospect House Sandy Lane
12.30am Barre/ Standing  Pilates Prospect House Sandy Lane

Saturday 5 March
10.30am Nordic Walking     meet Paradise Lane, Leyland

Love from Diane xxx

Week beginning 21 February

Hello,

I have been thinking about balance and how it is so important. It is something we practice in every class. Balance practice is not just for when we get older it is a skill we need to work on throughout our life so our balance is good when we get older.  A fall in later life can be catastophic if we break a hip for example. You can practice and improve your balance any time- stand on one leg when you boil the kettle or when you are cleaning your teeth. Standing on one leg also improves bone density.

Balance exercises: 13 Moves with Instructions (healthline.com)
Balance exercises – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Cancelling a class booking
If you need to cancel a class booking please go to Gymcatch and cancel there – as long as you do it before the class starts your Gymcatch account will be credited. 

Do Fitness videos
This is the link to videos you can use any time Do Fitness Videos – Do Fitness with Diane Oakden

Stamps
Christine T is still collecting used stamps for RNIB to help raise funds for people who are affected by sight loss. If you bring them into class I will forward them to her.RNIB – See differently   Thank you Christine.

MS and Seated Pilates on Zoom 
If you know anyone who has MS and would like to join our Zoom Seated Pilates class on Wednesdays at 1.30pm please ask them to email chorley@mssociety.org.uk for a link to join us. This is great for anyone who finds it difficult to get out of the house – you just need internet access.

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  

Timetable – all classes can be booked through Gymcatch on Book a class – Do Fitness with Diane OakdenMonday 21 February
9.30am Move It Mondays   Prospect House Sandy Lane
10.30am Pilates                  Prospect House Sandy Lane
11.30am Zumba Gold         Prospect House Sandy Lane
12.30am Seated Pilates      Prospect House Sandy Lane
6.30pm Nordic Walking       meet Leyland Tesco’s Extra

Tuesday 22 February
10am Nordic Walking          Meet Leyland Tesco’s Extra
1.30pm Zumba Gold           Primrose Gardens Fleet Street Chorley
 Wednesday 23 February
9.30am Zumba                    Prospect House Sandy Lane
10.30am Pilates                  Prospect House Sandy Lane
11.30am Chairfit                  Prospect House Sandy Lane
3.00 pm Nordic Walking      Cuerden Valley Town Brow – Sheep Hill start

Thursday 24 February
3.30pm Nordic Walking     (Well Being) Worden Park 
6.30pm Zumba                  Prospect House Sandy Lane
7.30pm Pilates                   Prospect House Sandy Lane

Friday 25 February
9.30am Zumba                 Prospect House Sandy Lane
10.30am Pilates                Prospect House Sandy Lane
11.30am Zumba Gold       Prospect House Sandy Lane
12.30am Barre/ Standing  Pilates Prospect House Sandy Lane

Saturday 26 February
10.30am Nordic Walking     meet Paradise Lane, Leyland

Love from Diane xxx