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tmactive150 Challenge 17'

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Following the success of the tmactive150 Challenge 16', we are extremely excited to be running the Challenge again in 2017.

This year we are working with four local women who were selected for their keen interest and motivation to make positive changes to their lifestyles. Over the next three months Rebecca, Karina, Alex and Sarah will take part in a guided programme that offers both exercise and nutrition advice to help them meet their fitness goals. The majority of the activity will take place at the tmactive leisure facilities in Tonbridge, as well as activities that form part of the tmactive150 programme that run in and around the centres.

This blog will outline their journey through the three month period, with the hope to inspire others to value physical activity and the positive effects it can have on our health and wellbeing.

#ThisGirlCan #ThereIsOnlyOneYou

 

Week 1

"It has been a really positive start from all four challenge entrants.  Each have shown a desire and willingness to be pushed and try new things.  I am looking forward to continuing to help them over the upcoming weeks with their journey of living a healthier lifestyle."- Bradley Watson, Angel Centre Health & Fitness Manager

 

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Rebecca: “I found the induction really inspiring, all I want to do now is get stuck into it all and start seeing a difference! Everyone at tmactive has been so friendly and helpful and the other girls on the Challenge are great”.

 

1karinaKarina: “I was shocked but also over the moon to hear I was 1 of the final 4. I lack so much confidence and don't think I could have tried changing my life without this amazing opportunity. I was very nervous to be starting this programme but also very excited at the same time. My induction with Bradley wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I actually enjoyed it and once I had finished I couldn't wait to get started and ended up in the gym the very next day!”

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Alex: “I felt really excited to be chosen and super ready to take on the challenge!”

 

1sarahSarah: “Having been blindsided two years ago with a rare and chronic pituitary condition my life changed beyond recognition. When I saw tmactive were searching for 4 women for a 12 week challenge I decided to take the plunge and apply. I was absolutely delighted and overwhelmed to have made the final four! The first session was incredibly nerve wracking as I have not set foot in a gym in so long and am incredibly self-conscious. I need not have worried though as the team put you at ease straight away and now I can't wait to get cracking. For me it's an amazing opportunity to be able to improve my health and get back into exercise within a safe environment with expert advice!” 

 


 

World Mental Health Day

runandtalkTo support World Mental Health Day on 10 October tmactive are extremely pleased to be supporting #runandtalk, an England Athletics initiative. The event aims to improve mental wellbeing through running and break down the stigma associated with mental health by getting people talking about it.

tmactive’s #runandtalk sessions take place during the week of 6 – 13 October 2017 and is a great opportunity to have a chat either with friends, family, colleagues or other runners/joggers/walkers.

The #runandtalk campaign aims to improve mental health through running in England by:

  • getting people talking about mental health, sharing their experiences and removing stigma
  • raising awareness of mental health problems
  • supporting people experiencing mental health problems to be physically active through running whether that is to support them in starting, returning to or continuing to running

We’re often told that physical activity is good for our bodies and our minds, but having a mental health problem can make it difficult to get started, for a number of reasons, ranging from negative body image, or a lack of self-esteem through to practical reasons such as having no one to go with, or not knowing where to get started- England Athletics and MIND

Please visit the tmactive150 Programme page for details on our organised runs/walks. Why not join us for a tea or coffee after too?!


 

Cycle to Work Day!

untitled copy copy copyCycle to Work Day is an inspiring national event that aims to encourage everyone to take to two wheels on September 13, 2017.

Cycling really is a fantastic and easy way to to boost your fitness and improve your health and wellbeing. And, after all the calories you have burnt, you can probably enjoy a second breakfast!

Bikes produce zero pollution and are incredibly efficient, — you travel around three times as fast as walking for the same amount of energy and by not taking your car you are helping to save the planet. You get to enjoy your surroundings too!

Cycle to work day also supports the numerous studies supporting physical activity promotion in the workplace. A study of 200 people carried out by the University of Bristol found that employees who exercised before work or at lunchtime improved their time and workload management, and it boosted their motivation and their ability to deal with stress.

So it doesn't matter if you are a novice, recreational or expert cyclist. Join the pledge and promote active commuting!  #cycletoworkday #activenation

 


 

 It’s the holidays!

4During the summer there are plenty of activities for the whole family. The perfect opportunity to enjoy your surroundings and do more with others!

In Tonbridge & Malling we are surrounded by beautiful country parks with plenty of outdoor space for activities and games for everyone, and many you can do for Free!

 

* Why not plan a picnic in the park with a game of Frisbee, rounders’ or football?  Many of the borough's country parks, open spaces, sports grounds and play grounds can be found here - perfect for days out with family or friends.

* If you have a bike- brilliant! You can check out some fantastic cycle routes here !

* Scavenger hunts, hula hooping, ball games, nature trails, why not check out Pinterest for creative activity ideas and games for families and young people. You will be amazed at what you can get up to!

* From sports skills, team games and trampolining, to arts and crafts, swimming and film time- tmactive’s Holiday Club programmes offer parent-free activities and fun sessions to keep the children amused during the school holidays. Find out more here !

* If you are looking for water fun, there's nowhere quite like our swimming pools! Our fabulous outdoor summer pool at Tonbridge and water cannons, waves, the lazy river rapids and the revolutionary Space Bowl at Larkfield Leisure Centre. Find out more here

 

There are many family events across the borough, which guarantee to be great fun for the whole family....

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A series of free summer concerts will be taking place on the Bailey Lawn at Tonbridge Castle in August and everyone is welcome.

The concerts, which will be performed by a mixture of amateur and professional bands, have been organised by Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council and will take place every Sunday afternoon in August between 3pm and 5pm. There is no need to book a ticket – people can just turn up on the day and enjoy the music.

Every Sunday will feature a different bands

  • 13 August – Jon Hamilton Big Band
  • 20 August – Invicta Jazz Orchestra
  • 27 August – Sevenoaks and Tonbridge Concert Band

 

Family Fun Day- 17th August

Come along and take part in our inter-active fun day, with mini sports day, challenges, dance, druming, inflatables, boxercise, workshops, crafts stalls, cake stall, nearly new sales, rafffle and more! All in aid of the NSPCC.

Location: The East Malling Centre, Chapman Way, ME19 6SD East Malling.

 

Picnic on the Rec Larkfield- 27th August

Come along to our fun day out, competitions, games, stalls, displays, beer tent, refreshments and much, much more.

Bring a picnic and stay all afternoon! 2-5pm

Location: Larkfield Recreation Ground, New Hythe Lane. ME20 6RH

 

If you know about an event coming up, please do let us know, we would love to share - natalie.smith@tmactive.co.uk

 


 

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Last Sunday's Go Tri Aquathlon for Women's Sports Week was a huge success. With 32 women taking part, encouragement from family and friends and with over 15 volunteers supporting the event; there really was a great buzz and lots of proud, smiling faces. The event was non-competitive and we invited local women age 15+ of all abilities and disabilities to join us and celebrate this fantastic and inspiring campaign; which encourages and promotes physical activity opportunities for women. We would like to say a big thank you to Go Tri and Larkfield Athletic Club for all their support in making the event the best it could have been. We would also like to thank all the volunteer helpers for their continuous support through-out the day and the staff at Larkfield Leisure Centre.

 


 

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tmactive's 'Here come the Girls' running group are taking part in Race for Life Pretty Muddy on Sunday 9th July.

'Here come the Girls' is a friendly, free and extremely supportive group of women and for all our runners, taking part in Race for Life means a great deal. For most of us, running has had an overwhelming postive impact on our lives and we are very much looking forward to participating and raising money for such a good cause together.

Since we started in September 2016, we have expanded rapidly and have created a community and a support network. Running really is an incredibly effective way to lift your mood, get fitter and make you healthier. But most importanly, you get to meet new people, make new friends and feel that sense of belonging.

We very much look forward to updating you on our Pretty Muddy journey and I am sure we will have some rather amusing photos from the day to share with you!