Lets focus on the good stuff!
The Valesco Team Cup!
The Valesco Team Cup has commenced!
5 TEAM events, 7 teams, over 5 weeks and change to be crowned champions!
We know staying motivated by yourself is hard.We know that you all miss your training buddies and the community.And…we know how to add a little fun to some moving over the next 5 weeks!
The Valesco Team Cup is now in full swing and teams have been assembled with a coach leading teams in their bid to be crowned champs!
Points will be awarded for attending Zoom classes (including Yoga), taking part in the weekly challenges and scoring additional points for the random 2 minute challenges that will be unleashed as we see fit!
With 7 teams of 10 people in this to give it their best, work as a team and lets face it…. beat their rivals! this is hotting up to be a great competition!
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THE END OF AN ERA!
Following a recent house move, Charlie has decided to step back from coaching to focus on doing PT from his home gym in 2021.
Charlie will be sorely missed but wish him all the luck and love in his new endeavours. Charlie has been a huge part of Valesco for the past 5 years and has been a wonderful coach, team mate and friend. We cannot thank him enough for his commitment to Valesco, the energy he brought day in & day out, and for all the laughs…for there have been many!
The good news is he’s still going to come and train at the gym so you’ll all get to see him
GOOD LUCK CHARLIE, YOU WILL BE MISSED!
Imagine That Coffee
This edition we hear from Leila and her ‘Tips to help with the January blues, SAD and a third lockdown!’…
As if January wasn’t depressing enough (although I do have a birthday in January) add SAD into the mix as well as a third lockdown and you end up with what for many people is a super bleak month. Dark mornings and nights. Cold and rainy days. Lack of contact with loved ones and the removal of coping mechanisms that most people come to rely on. This could be anything from going to the gym, hugging your friends and family, going out for coffee, or pottering around the shops.
You are not alone. I for one have struggled more in this 3rd Lockdown. I am a huge people person and very huggy (you may have noticed). The lack of contact with my family, friends and seeing all of your lovely faces at the gym really affects how I feel mentally.
I just wanted to share some tips to try and help you get through the next few weeks. In the hope that our normal may be just around the corner.
1) You’re not alone
Whether you’re feeling down in the dumps due to the COVID saga or if you do suffer with SAD. You are not alone in feeling this way. SAD actually affects 2 million people across the UK. Your low mood may not just be the winter blues but a very real and treatable seasonal affective disorder
2) Eat yourself Happy
Some foods can help increase your energy to help keep you going during the winter. Having a diet rich in foods such as protein, simple carbs and vitamins B12 and D, can help you combat the symptoms of SAD. Eat some tasty carbs. Depression-fighting pasta and potatoes! But remember to get lots of fruit and veg in as well
3) Stay Active
Our physical and mental health are closely linked. Many of us have had our coping mechanisms stripped away. Exercise is a big one for a lot of people. Despite Valesco and other gyms being closed you can still stay active and lift your mood. Wrap up warm and get out in the fresh air for a stroll. Join Leanne for a gentle yoga session. Jump in on a zoom WOD or try out what EXBAND has to offer. There are plenty of things available to do from home. Try and make moving or doing something active a habit every day
4) Talk to those that make you happy.
Not being able to see or hug our loved ones Is one of the toughest parts of lockdown. Pick up the phone, join in on a zoom call or just drop someone a message. Keep engaged with those that make you smile. Try and find the joy and laughter in even the gloomiest of days. Or just put on a trashy comedy and have a good old giggle. You will feel better for it.
5) Be aware of your thoughts.
The way we feel is linked to how we think about the situation we are in. Challenge your thinking! If you look at a situation differently does it change how you feel? Try and find positives in even the darkest situation. Every day may not be good but there is good in everyday!
6) Lastly and most importantly if you need help please reach out.
One of the bravest things you can do is ask for help. Talk to family or friends. Reach out to the doctor if you are really struggling. Do not underestimate how important your mental health is. Myself, Ellie and Amy are here always. Reach out to any of us if you want a chat, a gross workout or a just few words of encouragement.
Stay strong Team Valesco we will get through this… together
Recipe of the month - Ellie's Cherry Bakewell flapjack oaty bake!
Until Next Time, Big Love Team Valesco xxx
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Who Wore It Best
You know when you’re in tune with your business partner when you show up wearing identical outfits…and we want to see yours!! Please send in your matchy-matchy outfits with partners, pets or parents and we will feature them in the next newsletter.