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Why is it so important to stay active whilst under lockdown?

Lock down is crucial to minimise the spread of the Corona Virus, but you might be wondering what impact will it have on your health and well being? You will be relieved to know that here at The Marlow Club and Pila Yoga, we take your fitness and health very seriously, and will continue to provide you with fun and carefully planned workouts and classes that you can safely do at home – even with little space or equipment** – so that you can be a fully-fledged member of the #stayinworkout movement.

STAY STRONG

It will not be news to you that research has shown that being sedentary is bad for your physical and mental health, and therefore during this difficult time it is even more important to stay physically active.

Exercise can help:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduce cholesterol
  • Reduce the risk of heart disease
  • Reduce the risk of stroke
  • Reduce the risk of diabetes

What’s more, physical activity helps to maintain key muscle mass and bone density – which can help fight against issues such as osteoporosis.

STAY SAFE

Physical activity can help to maintain a healthy immune system: it increases white blood cell circulation and raises body temperature – not to mention flushing bacteria from the lungs and airways. All of these help your body fight infection – truly important at this time.

STAY CONNECTED

In addition to the benefits to physical health, working out with the Marlow Club and Pila Yoga online is a great way to ward off some of the psychological issues which can be associated with being quarantined and cooped up for an extended time. Being active helps lower stress hormones like cortisol and most certainly promotes the release of feel-good hormones, such as endorphins. Moreover, if you perform the Marlow Club workout live on Facebook, there is an opportunity to comment and chat with fellow participants – building our sense of community and togetherness – as we encourage each other to stay active and healthy. Loneliness is not, after all, about being alone, but about lacking a sense of common purpose and shared meaning.

WHERE YOU CAN FIND US

The Marlow Club has a fantastic, and varied, live timetable which you can access by joining each class at the Marlow Club Facebook page. Choose from HIIT classes, to Pilates or Yoga – there is a session to suit everyone. Once these classes have finished, they are uploaded to the website www.themarlowclublive.co.uk for you to access at your convenience. For Pila Yoga there is currently a fabulous offer of £30 for 30 days access to Pila Yoga classes via Zoom. This is an excellent way to stay part of the Pila community as the finest Pila instructors lead you through a yoga class – able to see you on their computer; it is as close to recreating a real-time class as we can get in these socially-distant times.

Our online communities are really thriving, delivering significant value to the lives of all of our members and community, and it is clear that – whilst we all miss our Club so much – we can stay strong, stay safe and stay connected through the channels offered by the Marlow Club and Pila Yoga and ensure that each one of us leaves this period of quarantine as healthy, as fit – and as included  – as possible.

**Many of our classes require no equipment at all, just the willingness to join in and try hard, but should you want to buy some hand weights, a kettlebell, or a yoga mat to add to the challenge/make yourself more comfortable, we recommend; https://www.yogamatters.com/ and https://www.physicalcompany.co.uk/