What an exciting time we had preparing this edition!
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Congratulations to winners: Tammy James who won a £25 voucher to spend at FIT store; Karen Gwilliam, winner of the gorgeous bouquet by The Great British Florist; and Annemarie Higgins, the proud winner of two tickets to the Christmas Boxing Show. Thank you all for taking part, and huge thanks to FIT store, The Great British Florist, and to South Wye Boxing Club for offering the prizes.
Many of you tell me in your calls, emails and messages that you love our food section and recipes, so in this edition we bring you a couple of summer recipes, including a super-easy summer Pimm’s. Even better, why not enjoy gorgeous food at The Den in Hereford, or if you are in Ledbury, then visit Cameron & Swan Café for a lovely lunch. For refreshing smoothies and freshly squeezed juices, there is no better place than Kiki’s Juice Bar – as the saying goes, a little bit of something you fancy…
To stay healthy, it helps to offset indulgence with regular activity, and if you can, get some of your exercise done outdoors, in the morning light. There are so many benefits to exercising outdoors, and Performance Psychologist Dr. Mark Bellamy explains why. Mental health is as important as physical health, and a few writers share their helpful tips on the subject: Julie Goodridge and Anneke van Genderen, as well as hypnotherapist and counsellor Emma Reed, and THRIVE Consultant Micha Reynolds.
The sport section is brimming with breathtaking photographs and lively reports from a number of popular clubs, from Wheelchair Rugby to Kung Fu, Karate and TaeKwonDo. In fact, as Matt Hudd writes, even the MPs now recommend martial arts and boxing for youngsters to keep them out of trouble.
A few of our advertisers have recently settled in their new dedicated premises, ready to enjoy a stable base for their work: Tom Beardsley’s Samurai Karate, Matt Hudd Martial Arts, and Bella Goode at her new Beauty Lounge. Congratulations on achieving your dreams!
Inspirational stories of local heroes in this edition profile competitive runner Maria Miles, trained by personal trainer Gareth Bennett; and James Fry, the gym member at Anytime Fitness who lost weight and gained his life back. Andy Holley and Hereford Harriers Wheelchair Rugby Club also send their report from their latest matches.
Summer would not be the same without some water adventure, so book a trip with Wye Canoes or enjoy unforgettable local adventure days with Wye Adventures. Remember to sign up for Credenhill Canter or Ross-on-Wye Riverbank Races and raise funds for great causes. Have an amazing summer, and if you find a liitle bit of time, please continue sending me your feedback, I love hearing from you!
Founder and editor of FitNet.
Previously gymnastics coach, massage therapist and personal trainer with 20 years of experience. Former gymnast and dancer.