New Year, New You in the Islands

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At this time of year, with the excesses of Christmas and Hogmanay behind us, many people are determined to do a bit more exercise and lose a few pounds. But how many of us do?

Government guidelines say adults should do at least two and a half hours of moderate activity each week to combat obesity and its associated illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease.

However, other Government figures show that only a third of adults meet the recommended amounts.

If you want to break out of the couch potato mould the good news is that you don’t have to fling yourself about to music or run yourself into the ground – you don’t even have to work up too much of a sweat.

There are few better ways to get into a regular exercise routine than yoga and Pilates, both of which offer gentle versions which provide meaningful activity coupled with relaxation techniques – something all of us need after the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

Both yoga and Pilates classes are starting up again soon in Harris and Lewis, run by experienced teachers Mike and Peggy Briggs. Mike’s sessions begin in Lewis on January 9th and in Harris on January 15th and will be open to all abilities, including beginners. Peggy’s Pilates classes start in Lewis on January 9th and in Harris on January 15th.

In Harris there will also be a light-hearted Swiss Ball class, a gentle “Stretch and Tone” class (both perfect for beginners) and a fast-and-furious “Legs, Bums and Tums” class for those really wanting to burn off the excess.

For more information on the classes log to to: website