Health

EVENT: Fitness and Wellbeing at Bowhouse

Getting along to a brand new Fitness and Wellbeing event at Fife’s Bowhouse is a great way to start the New Year as you mean to go on

Taking place on Saturday, 19 January and bridging the gap between fitness and healthy eating, this is Bowhouse’s first Fitness and Wellbeing event.

Packed with activities and inspiration and more than 10 different classes to take part in, as well as healthy food demonstrations and a selection of healthy street food stalls, the event promises to be the ultimate start to 2019.

Based on Balcaskie Estate near St Monans, Bowhouse is Fife’s innovative makers hub, bringing people closer to a healthier understanding of the food they eat.

Alongside the food and drink producers based at Bowhouse is Fit to the Core, a fitness studio offering a range of classes with tailored training, nutritional coaching and more.

At the new Fitness and Wellbeing event, the Fit to the Core team will be running a taster of its regular programme, including spinning classes, Pilates and aerial Pilates, a fun take on the balance workout which suspends parts of your body from the ceiling in mounted hammocks in a fun mash-up of Pilates and aerial skills.

More down to earth but no less challenging, the line-up of other fitness activities includes CrossFit classes and demonstrations from Functional Fitness St Andrews, Boxercise, Metafit and Zumba.

And, if you’re feeling the chill this January, St Andrews Hot House Yoga’s classes might be the remedy. With a focus on breathing, each class is a total body workout, as well as a great way to reduce stress and improve sleep.

Hot House Yoga specialises in practising in the heat, which includes benefits such as detoxifying the body through sweating and allowing the muscles to stretch further.

Once you’ve got your breath back , you can enjoy a taste of some delicious and nutritious food. Healthy street food stalls include Milly’s Kitchen from Cupar, which will be serving a hearty menu of deli-style dishes. and Good Food Good Feelings with on-the-go vegan treats.

If you’re looking to boost your own healthy food repertoire, there will be a full programme of demonstrations from Scottish chefs and food and drink insiders. This will include a chance to learn how to make your own protein balls and find out more about healthy fat loss.

Learn to make your own protein balls

Since it first opened its doors in 2017, Bowhouse has grown to become one of the major food and drink developments in Scotland, quickly placing itself at the centre of national conversation about all aspects of the national diet.

You can reach Bowhouse by bus to nearby St Monans or take advantage of its ample parking and drive. It’s only 90 minutes from Edinburgh and under an hour away from Dundee.

Or why not really get into the spirit of the event and walk or cycle your way along the Fife Coastal Path, which runs close by?

Fitness and Wellbeing at Bowhouse will open its doors at 9am and run classes from 10am till 4pm on Saturday, 19 January. Get tickets here

Health

Top 10 self-care tips for a happier, healthier you

Holistic self-care and wellness coach Tara Jackson shares her top self-care tips 

The term ‘self-care’ is becoming more mainstream as people realise the benefits of taking care of themselves. But what does it mean? Well, self-care means actively setting out to do something that’s good for you and can benefit your body, mind and soul – either individually or as a whole.

It can take many forms, such as regular, good sleep; healthy eating; meditating and relaxing; doing something creative; getting into nature; not comparing yourself to others; giving thanks, or spending time with friends.

Self-care isn’t selfish. It helps you maintain a healthy relationship with the most important person in your life: yourself. Making time for yourself every day is also vital for your overall wellness.

They may seem simple, but self-care actions are essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. They also help to replenish you – making you more effective and energetic. Not only that, but doing things that make you feel better physically and mentally help to increase your confidence and self-esteem.

Because it includes physical activities such as exercise, self-care can keep you healthy. Even just taking time out of your day to do something you enjoy can help you to de-stress. It can help you take a break from technology, recharge and unwind, and manage physical or mental health symptoms to live life as fully as possible.

And self-care can benefit the other important people in your life too. After all, if you’re not at your best you can’t give your best.

Friends and family will also learn from you, so setting boundaries to take care of yourself shows them what you expect for yourself which sets a precedent for the way others treat you, and helps encourage them to put themselves first and not overwork or overextend. 

Remember to change your self-care according to the seasons and your lifestyle 

While self-care is about what’s good for the self, it’s important to remember that it can change throughout the year. What feels good at one time may not be what’s needed at another. Self-care in the summertime, for example, might include spending more time outdoors, doing more physical activity and eating cooling foods. Whereas, in the wintertime, it might involve eating warm, nourishing foods, taking naps and retreating to spend time reading.

Similarly, if you are very active in your day-to-day life, your self-care might be quite different to someone who has more of a sedentary lifestyle.

Ultimately, self-care only works when you listen to yourself and do what you want or need without resistance. If you don’t enjoy meditation or yoga, don’t do it. There are many ideas and ways we can care for ourselves. The important thing is to do something that feels good to YOU and is achievable within your budget, lifestyle and time restraints.

Top 10 self-care tips

Here are my top 10 simple self-care actions, which work in any season. I swear by little and often, so even just remembering to do one or two small things each day for yourself will help you in the long run.

  1. Prioritise getting enough sleep.
  2. Drink water regularly throughout the day to stay hydrated.
  3. Take regular breaks away from technology – TVs, computers, phones, tablets etc.
  4. Spend time in person with people you love.
  5. Give thanks – be grateful for what you have.
  6. Don’t compare yourself to others.
  7. Eat an extra portion of green vegetables whenever you can.
  8. Move your body in a way that feels good to you.
  9. Express yourself creatively doing something you enjoy e.g. painting, photography, dancing, writing or cooking.
  10. Spend time in nature.

For more from Tara, visit her website.