A whole new ball game

Remember those PE lessons back in your schooldays? Those sessions in the sports hall playing netball?

Well, these days there’s a whole new ball game in town – quite literally!

And if you fancy a bit of a wiggle and a giggle while getting fit, this could be just what you’re looking for…

England Netball‘s Louise Key joins the Girls Around Town in the first hour of next weekend’s show to explain all about Walking Netball.

And sisters-in-law Gill and Jane Griffiths will be in the studio with June and Louise too, talking about their own experience of the sessions at Newark Sports & Fitness Centre on Bowbridge Road.

A slower version of the game you may have played at school, Walking Netball has been designed so that anyone can take part, regardless of age or fitness level. Women the length and breadth of the country are now enjoying the fun, laughter and camaraderie these social sessions bring, not to mention the health benefits on offer.

Whether you want to get active but don’t feel fit enough to run anymore or you’re looking for a stepping stone to get yourself back into netball, make sure to tune in to 107.8FM or listen online next Sunday from 10am to hear what Louise, Gill and Jane have to say.

In the meantime, you’ll find all the the dates and times of upcoming classes in and around Newark here or just email louise.key@englandnetball.co.uk for more details.

And why not check out what some of England Netball’s other members have to say about having fun while getting fit in this video?

A bit of midlife magic

Would you like to find the real you and feel ‘visible’ again? Overcome the mind blocks that are keeping you stuck? Find the confidence to live your life to the full?

Meet Beverley Thorogood, this week’s guest on Girls Around Town, who can help you do all this and more…

Bev will be joining Rosalyn and Rachel on Sunday to explain what prompted her to start her own midlife ‘metamorphosis’ when she turned 50 in 2016.

And how, through Floresco Health and Lifestyle Coaching, she’s now giving other women all the tools, support and encouragement they need to find balance and purpose in their lives.

“Having worked for the MOD for 30 years, I was stuck in a rut, didn’t feel like I was living my life on purpose and struggling with low self-esteem,” she says. “After a lifestyle overhaul, I took stock, changed direction completely and retrained as a personal trainer, nutritionist and behaviour change coach.

“Now the personal coaching, offline group coaching courses and retreats I offer are designed not only to show clients what to do, but also to teach them how to do the things they need to do to reach their highest goals.”

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon when Bev will be describing NEST, the model she developed to act as a framework to help women find that all-important balance in key areas of health and wellbeing, and sharing a few of her top tips on how to find your own midlife magic…

These girls can – can you?

This_Girl_Can_Logo_PMS_248We’re loving the ad promoting This Girl Can, the national Sport England campaign celebrating active women who are doing their thing no matter how well they do it – and letting nothing (not even sweat!) stand in their way.

Designed to inspire women to wiggle, jiggle, move and prove that judgement is a barrier that can be overcome, the initiative has been gathering support from individuals and clubs across the country and beyond since the ad first appeared on TV a few days ago.

good things come 2It’s aimed at encouraging women of all ages and abilities, shapes and sizes into sport or exercise, showcasing ‘real’ women to demonstrate that, although fear of judgement is stopping many of us from taking part in exercise, it really doesn’t have to.

And with “Sweating like a pig, feeling like a fox” and “I kick balls, deal with it” among the hard-hitting lines used, the campaign certainly doesn’t pull any punches(!) in its approach…

you don't have to go fastDefinitely an initiative and a topic the Girls Around Town will be exploring on the show when we’re back on air – well, what else would you expect when one of us is the updisputed Deadlift Queen of a leading Newark gym?!

And we’ll be inviting you to contribute to the discussion by sharing your own stories on air and on our Facebook page, so watch this space.

In the meantime, you can find out more about This Girl Can and how to get involved here.

If you haven’t already seen the ad, take a look now – it’s guaranteed to make you giggle. And if it doesn’t inspire you to wiggle, jiggle and ‘get your freak on’, then nothing will!