Sunnier times are a’comin’!
The Valesco Team Cup
So the final results are in and it’s a MASSIVE congratulations to Living La Vida Lockdown for taking the win overall, Born Winners in 2nd and The IncredibELLIE’s in 3rd. Well done Teams!
The winning team was led by Barb Van Der Eerden and Tash Feher with the other 8 members consisting of Dana Woodyatt, Henry Franklin, Chris Bull, Susie Lednarvo, Sarah McDonald, Maarja Heinsoo, Angus Hutton and Victoria Croshaw. These guys and girls worked incredibly as a team and managed more team ZOOM classes than any other team which made them uncatchable from about the third week onwards. Fantastic teamwork and a deserved win.
It’s been an awesome few weeks and we really hope you all got something out of it, I know we personally did. Thank you to our Team Captains who have led from the front and given up their free time to make it happen, we couldn’t have done it without you so thank you.
The Valesco Fitness Collecive Podcast
The most recent podcast is with our very first external guest which was an exciting milestone for us!
We were joined by a real life Sport & Exercise Psychology Consultant! Connor has taken some time out to join us, answer some of our questions and share his thoughts on present moment training – or mindfulness to the mass-market.
As you can probably tell, we thoroughly enjoyed having Connor with us this week and if you guys get even half the value from this conversation that we did, we’ll be very happy with our efforts! Connor is hugely knowledgeable and very humble – as well as being a super nice guy! – so I am sure this won’t be the last you’ll hear from him on the podcast. If there is anything you want to hear his Sport-Psych views on, let us know!
As always, your thoughts and feedback are incredibly valuable and we are, genuinely, forever thankful for your time and feedback! Listen here
Lockdown Babies are starting to bloom!
General Notices / Gym Updates
I want to talk to you about HYGGE (hoo-ga)- the Danish way to live well. Because I wish I had taken the time to understand this concept sooner!
Lockdown has been tough for so many people – in different ways and in varying degrees – but for the vast majority it has been tough. When I think about the things I have found tough over the past 12 months they almost all boil down to 1 thing…I miss people. I miss talking face to face when I can see someone’s whole face; I miss going for dinner with a friend; I miss popping over to mums for a cup of tea and some motherly wisdom; I miss going for a coffee after training with my brother; I miss training with my friends; but most of all I miss hugs. I miss hugging all the people I love and care about so very much.
So why am I talking about Hygge? Well, it is a Danish way of living that is about ‘ taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things’, ‘cosy togetherness’, ‘create feelings of comfort and warmth’, ‘creating comforting space using light’ – it is a word that doesn’t have a direct translation but you get the idea. The book I am reading has this rather lovely Hygge manifesto:
1: Atmosphere – Turn down the lights
2: Presence – Be here now. Turn off the phones
3: Pleasure – Coffee, chocolate, cookies, cake, candy. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!
4: Equality – ‘We’ over ‘me’. Share the tasks and airtime
5: Gratitude – Take it in. This might be as good as it gets
6: Harmony – It’s not a competition. We already like you. There is no need to brag about your achievements
7: Comfort – Get comfy. Take a break. It’s all about relaxation
8: Truce – No drama. Lets discuss politics another day
9: Togetherness – Build relationships and narratives
10: Shelter – This is your tribe. This is a place of peace and security
Think reading your favourite book under a cozy blanket with a warm cup of tea; think having 2 or 3 of your favourite people over for a hearty stew, warm sourdough and a good bottle of wine; think baking your favourite cake and then delivering some to your family for them to share in its delights; think sitting around a log burner in a big wooly jumper, talking with friends about your hike up the mountain that day; think about sitting in a hot bubble bath listening to your favourite chill out music, surrounded by candles; cuddling up to your four legged furry friend on the sofa and watching a movie. Hygge is anything that brings comfort, coziness, warmth, good vibes and happiness…. A HUG WITHOUT THE PHYSICAL ACT OF HUGGING! And it works on a physical and emotional level. When we are hugged we feel calm. The physical act of hugging causes the release of a hormone called oxytocin which makes us feel happy and reduces stress, fear and pain. Cool, huh?! What is even cooler is we can trigger the release of this hormone by doing ‘hygge’ things! So go grab your blanket, your favourite book, a big slice of cake and hunker down for a hour of pure self indulgence and relish in it. You need it. You deserve it.
Nothing will ever replace hugs, learning about Hygge I have found new ways to help deal with the discomforts and sadness of lockdown. Lockdown is not here to stay but embracing a more Hygge way of life is something I am taking forward with me and plan on discovering on greater levels.
For anyone who’s interest has peaked, I read ‘The Little book of Hygge’ (and now dip in and out on a regular basis).
From me to you – give yourselves a big ‘hygge’ hug xxx