Rossendale Wellbeing Weekend

Next weekend, Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 July the first Wellbeing Weekend is taking place in Rossendale, ‘virtually’. A weekend to promote and support well-being on every level… mind, body and soul! Showcasing some of the great services and classes delivered across the valley.

This was going to be a festival style event where people could attend lots of different classes, talks and taster sessions in person, face-to-face; but in these times it’s going with the times and all happening online… a weekend that offers something for everyone and being online now opens it up to people from further afield…

Kate’s going to be teaching a number of classes over the weekend… open to anyone/everyone to get involved and give them a go. No matter what your ability and experience level you can take part, as she always offers lots of modifications for exercises in classes, you work at your own pace and people have been getting all kinds of creative with their homemade equipment and weights…

Click this link to go to Rossendale Wellbeing Weekend’s Facebook page to find out more about other sessions taking place.

Classes Kate is running for FREE…   

Kettlebell & Core – Saturday 11 July @ 10am (45 mins)

Open to all

This is a class Kate has been delivering online for the last (lots) of weeks… a session that combines lots of kettlebell (or whatever weight you’ve got) moves, to give your full body an awesome workout! It gets HOT and sweaty as you swing those weights around… a great piece of kit to train with (Kate’s favourite!!) for total body conditioning, combining strength training with high intensity cardio.

Gentle Exercise – Saturday 11 July @ 1pm (45 mins)

Open to all

This is a class that Kate had just started delivering at Haslingden Community Link before lockdown kicked in and has been delivering online in these times, to keep up motivation and momentum. As the name suggests, it is a gentle exercise session, low impact and slow tempo, that combines a mix of standing and seated exercises to improve strength and balance. A class that is ideal for older adults and anyone that would benefit from a gentler exercise session. For this class we use light hand weights and an exercise band. If you don’t have these, a great homemade alternative, tins/bottles and a pair of tights (that you don’t mind potentially laddering… as they will be stretched!).

Pre & Post Natal Bootcamp – Sunday 12 July @ 10am (45 mins)

Women only session

Kate specialises in pre and postnatal exercise and usually delivers classes in the community; supporting women to stay strong through pregnancy and beyond… running them as separate sessions for pregnancy and postnatal recovery. However, in these current times she’s combined classes and has been delivering them online. This class is suitable for anyone that’s pregnant (and not suffering from any contraindications that would mean exercise is not advised) and anyone that’s had their baby and been signed off and given the OK to start back exercising (which is usually between 6-12 weeks post). For this class you’ll need a couple of weights, dumbbells or homemade equivalent; tins, bottles… and an exercise mat or towel for floor/core exercises. Lots of modifications will be given throughout, for pregnancy and postnatal stages. You work at your own pace… zero pressure! A class that will include strength, core/pelvic floor and cardio.

No matter when you had your baby you are classed as postnatal… so please do feel free to get involved… you’ll get a good workout, that’s for sure! If you’re not pregnant or had a baby, feel free to join the fun too… this is a workout anyone can do.

All of the above classes will be held on Zoom, so that there’s a level of face to face interaction and Kate can see / demonstrate / support with technique. She’ll be recording all sessions too, so they will be available for you to do in your own time for a few days post event too. You’ll need to get in touch with Kate for the links and passwords to take part.

Get involved…  

For more info and links for classes get in touch:

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NOTE: prior to taking part in any of the exercise sessions please have a read of our health questionnaire (PAR-Q) – Brooks Fitness Online PAR-Q

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Exercise Referral – health-related fitness

Exercise referral is a qualification specialising in health-related fitness. Many GP’s and health professionals are now prescribing exercise, as well as or in many cases instead of, medication. Referrals are then made and passed on to specialist exercise referral fitness professionals, who then devise tailored exercise programmes specific to an individual’s needs.

The benefits of exercise are profound, it’s acknowledged that there is a positive relationship between exercise and the reduction in developing chronic diseases and supporting living and coping with existing conditions. People of all ages can benefit from improved health and quality of life by taking part in regular physical activity, which in turn can help reduce the risk of major chronic diseases, such as:

Cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease: Physical activity at an appropriate intensity helps reduces the risk and can slow down the progression of cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease. It helps to improve the function of your heart and circulatory system.

High cholesterol: Physical activity and exercise has a positive effect on lowering total cholesterol; high cholesterol is a major factor for developing angina and heart disease. Exercise helps to increase your levels of good cholesterol.

High blood pressure: There are many factors that can contribute to elevated blood pressure such as high BMI, obesity, poor diet and inactivity. Physical activity will improve circulatory health which will help to lower blood pressure.

Strokes and neurological conditions: Physical inactivity is a risk factor for strokes, exercising can help prevent stokes. Aerobic exercise has been found to promote cognitive recovery in stroke survivors and increase blood flow to the brain. Exercise can help prevent neurological conditions and support people living with existing conditions, it also helps improve memory, which is something we could all do with! 

Diabetes type 1 & 2: Physically active people are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes, exercise can help people living with type 2 diabetes manage the condition and avoid further health complications. Insulin dependent diabetics will benefit from exercise as it makes insulin more effective.

Mental health and well-being: There’s a strong link with being physically active and having good mental well-being, exercise releases the bodies endorphins that naturally make you feel better. Exercise can increase self-esteem, increase your energy levels and positively change your mood. Exercise can help us cope better with life’s stresses.

Obesity: Obesity puts people at increased risk of developing chronic diseases. Exercise can help with weight management and reduce these risks. Excessive body fat puts stress on the body’s internal organs, bones and joint structures. Exercising helps decrease body fat, burns calories and helps increase your self-control, which will help you implement and adhere to long-term change.

Arthritis and osteoporosis: Exercise promotes production of synovial fluid which will help lubricate your joints. Exercise also helps reduce pain and stiffness in the joints and increase flexibility and range of movement. As we age our bones can become weak and decrease in density, exercise can help decrease muscle wastage. Resistance exercise will help strengthen at risk sites, improving strength, balance and posture which will help prevent falls in later life.

Top tips to make a change:  

  • Aim to spend less time sedentary – sit less and move more!
  • Stay as physically active as you can
  • Stay socially active with friends, family and within your community
  • Get regular check-ups to ensure everything is running as it should, you might catch problems before they take hold
  • Eat a healthy, well balanced diet and stay hydrated
  • Get the correct amount of sleep your body needs
  • Make small manageable changes, gradually increasing activity levels

Take care

Taking care of yourself is crucial! Be active, live well, do what you can to minimise risks of chronic diseases, and exercise to help manage and improve existing conditions. Government guidelines say we should be doing 150 minutes of exercise per week to include cardiovascular exercise, muscular strength and endurance and flexibility. A good way to approach this is to do 30 minutes of activity 5 times per week.

There are lots of exercise referral schemes across Manchester, most local authorities run these schemes. I specialise in this area of exercise and offer this service in personal training; alongside work I do for a number of referral schemes. If you have a health-related condition and feel this is something you could benefit from, speak to your GP and get in touch for more information – click this link to head over to my exercise referral PT page to find out more about specilist PT services.

Ruth x


Useful Information

The British Heart Foundation is my go-to website, it has excellent free advice and information on a variety of conditions bhf.org.uk.