Friday 15 December 2017

Gloucestershire New Year, New You guide

Get set on your 2018 new year's resolutions with the Gloucestershire New Year, New You guide – spanning sport and fitness, wellbeing and creative skills.

The brand spanking new year is the perfect time to set some goals for the next 365 days, whether you want to improve your fitness, work on your wellbeing, indulge in some ‘me’ time, or pick up a new skill.

From award-winning gyms, energising fitness classes and relaxing beauty treatments to inspiring courses, healthy eating and more – start 2018 with a fresh outlook on life with SoGlos’s Gloucestershire New Year, New You guide.

Get fit and have fun…

Leisure at Cheltenham

Venue: Leisure at Cheltenham
The perfect chance to: Get fit and stay fit with the whole family
The lowdown: This vibrant leisure centre offers some of the most affordable health and fitness facilities in Cheltenham, conveniently located just outside of the town centre. Aiming to inspire and help locals get active and exercise in a friendly and safe environment, Leisure at Cheltenham is home to award-winning facilities, with services delivered by trained professionals. And what’s more, there are plenty of sports and fitness classes, courses and activities aimed at children, adults and grandparents alike, both indoor and outdoor, and suitable for all abilities and interests.
What’s on offer: As well as three swimming pools, there’s a health spa complete with sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi, an impressively kitted out fitness suite containing all the latest gym equipment, a spin studio, exercise studio and eight-court sports hall, as well as more than 60 exercise classes per week.
SoGlos loves: The choice of paying-per-visit for the majority of facilities and classes, or opting for the purse-friendly monthly and annual memberships, which start from £29 a month and include full access to the gym, health spa and classes.
Find out more: Call (01242) 528764, email or visit directly.

Up your fitness game…

Riverside Sport and Leisure Club

Venue: Riverside Sports and Leisure Club
The perfect chance to: Start a new health and fitness regime or pick up a new hobby
The lowdown: Independent health and fitness centre, Riverside Sports and Leisure Club, offers the chance for both members and non-members to get fit and tone up. The club caters for all types of gym-goers, whether you want to work up a sweat in the purpose-built gym, complete with a weight room, a body conditioning space, and two cardiovascular areas; join in with the group exercise classes; or swim lengths in the 20-metre indoor pool.
What’s on offer: The varied programme of fitness classes include circuits, spin, core sessions and Pilates, and are free for members to attend, while non-members can opt to join in on a pay-as-you-go basis. The sports hall, which is available to use on evenings and weekends, is a versatile space that can be used to play badminton, five-a-side football, netball and indoor hockey, while there are also three squash courts and four floodlit tennis courts where you can practise your swing. The club’s friendly and dedicated team are on hand to answer any fitness queries and help you achieve your goals, whether you want to lose weight, tone up or improve your general health and wellbeing.
SoGlos loves: Riverside benefits from an on-site crèche service for children aged six weeks to five years, offering parents the chance to workout while their little ones are cared for by the qualified staff.
Find out more: Call (01452) 413214, email, or visit directly.

Channel your inner Zen…

The Isbourne

Venue: The Isbourne
The perfect chance to: Clear the mind of post-Christmas stress and learn lifelong skills and practises too.
The lowdown: Aiming to create positive lives through holistic education, The Isbourne offers a sanctuary for wellbeing and spiritual development in the heart of Cheltenham. The centre’s educational programme spans an extensive array of courses, workshops and guest speaker talks that are specifically designed to promote health and fitness for the mind, body and soul. With communication, healing, self-development and spirituality all featuring in its diverse range of regular courses and events, you will leave feeling revitalised, refreshed and ready to take on 2018. Plus, the centre also runs The Isbourne College, offering a range of accredited courses for both holistic practitioners and those who want to learn more about alternative therapies.
What’s on offer: The eclectic range of courses include a variety of types of yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, creative writing workshops, meditation, Egyptian belly dance, aromatherapy, and more, with something to suit all ages and interests.
SoGlos loves: If you fancy starting your day with a spot of calming reflection, take advantage of The Isbourne's regular Group Meditation classes. The 30-minute Reclaim Your Day With Morning Meditation sessions, led by mindfulness coach Makeda Bernard, take place on Tuesday and Thursdays at 7.30am and offer participants the chance to learn how to clear their minds and develop breathing techniques.
Find out more: Call The Isbourne Holistic Centre on (01242) 254321, email or visit directly.

Pick up creative skills…

New Brewery Arts

Venue: New Brewery Arts
The perfect chance to: Learn a new craft and broaden your creative horizons.
The lowdown: Cirencester’s New Brewery Arts is a creative hub that’s home to a gallery and craft shop showcasing works by a host of designers, makers, craftsmen and artists, along with studios offering a wide range of courses for all ages and levels.
What’s on offer: The specialist education studios cover a broad spectrum of artistic disciplines, with participants taught in small groups to ensure they have individual attention from the experienced tutors, who are all professional makers in their own right. Choose from courses, which run for 10 weeks unless stated, and cover subjects such as millinery, stained glass, printmaking, watercolour painting, life drawing, sewing, digital photography and pottery, or opt to go on a workshop that take places over a few hours, a day or sometimes a couple of days. Workshop options include modern calligraphy, botanical drawing, Indian block printing, portraiture, and many more. If you want to encourage your children to get creative, then take advantage of New Brewery Arts’ regular Saturday club and after school sessions that are aimed at five to 16-year-olds, while there are also courses and workshops during the school holidays.
SoGlos loves: If you are booking onto a course that lasts a few days, take advantage and stay on-site at The Barrel Store, with the self-catering accommodation including 14 rooms spanning dorms, twins, singles and doubles, the majority of which are en-suite.
Find out more: Call (01285) 657181, email or visit directly.

© SoGlos
Thursday 14 December 2017

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