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Stay Fit Tips for Super-Busy People

You think about doing it. You want to do it…but there are just so many other things that must get done first? If this is how you feel about staying fit, then you are certainly not alone. In the lead up to the busy festive season, squeezing exercise into our lives can be even more of a chore than usual. If making time to get fit and stay active is always at the bottom of your ‘to do’ list, don’t worry because help is at hand! We caught up with The West Bay Country Club team of experts and fitness professionals to bust the number one exercise excuse: lack of time. No matter how busy you are, someone even busier than you is working out right now. If you look closer, you'll discover that you do have the time to work out. Follow The West Bay Country Club & Spa team's top tips to stay fit no matter how busy your life gets…

The power of intensity

“If you are short on time, be smart by doing activities that deliver maximum intensity in minimum time. Circuit training is an ideal way to achieve this because it provides a series of intense exercises with little or no rest in between. The goal is to raise the heart rate while strengthening muscles. It is worth remembering that "working out" doesn't have to happen in the gym or last for an hour! Squeezing in just a few minutes of physical exercise a day has huge benefits on your health, gives you energy and perks up your mood. Short 10-minute bursts of exercise, accumulated over the course of the day, can add up to big fitness and health gains too.” Stan Holloway - Personal Trainer & Spinning Instructor

Wake up earlier

“Becoming a morning exerciser means that you get to cross your workout off your ‘to do’ list ASAP. Sleep is definitely important for overall health and weight-loss, but could you get to bed just 30 minutes earlier in the evenings, so that you could get up and workout before your day starts? Working out in the morning has numerous benefits including regulating appetite, boosting energy and—perhaps the biggest benefit of all— it ensures that your workout is checked off first thing each day before your schedule gets too crowded. How many times have you had the best intentions to exercise in the evening but then have to work late, help your kids with homework or generally just feel too exhausted to get off the couch? With morning workouts, this time problem is solved!” Kevin Read – Personal Trainer & Rehab Trainer

Cut down on media

“How much time do you spend surfing the Internet, watching TV or playing games on your phone? You might be surprised at how much time you spend on Facebook or playing Angry Birds! Just a few minutes here and there can add up to an hour or more each day. Cut out just some of that screen time and you suddenly have time to squeeze in at least 10 or 15 minutes of exercise into even the busiest day. And if there is a TV show you simply can’t miss, then remember that catching up on your favourite programme doesn’t mean you can’t be doing push-ups, crunches, jumping jacks or squats at the same time!” Andy Robinson – Personal Trainer & PowerSculpt Instructor

Mix socialising with exercising

“Do you normally spend time with your family or friends by going to dinner, watching sports on TV or going to the cinema? Make your social time more active…go for a walk with friends, go to a Zumba class together or take the family swimming. There are so many options for squeezing more activity into your social calendar!” Sarah Moore - Zumba and Barre Conditioning Instructor

Make meals fool-proof

“Nothing sabotages a stay-fit plan faster than the lure of easy processed meals—or worse, take-away on a busy night. Try to avoid high-sodium, high-fat food traps by planning meals in advance. Set aside time during the weekend to create a menu and shopping list for the upcoming week. On jam-packed days get out the slow cooker so a healthy dinner is ready and waiting for you at the end of the day.” Joey Hall – Coffee House Manager

Change your mindset

“Staying fit with a busy lifestyle is possible, so make sure you plan to build and maintain the healthy body you deserve. Don't think of exercise as another ‘to-do’ to squeeze into your already busy schedule - instead, think of it as maintenance for your health and a way to de-stress and do something for you!” Gemma Marsh - Fitness Professional This winter, The West Bay Country Club & Spa are making getting fit and active even easier with their special winter membership – join before the end of February and receive 5 months of membership for the price of 4! Call 01983 766222 for further information or to arrange a guided tour and complimentary personal fitness assessment.
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All levels

These classes have been specifically designed to allow participants to work at their own intensity level, with the ability to modify all exercises according to their own personal fitness.


A person new to training or an individual with below average fitness levels can be termed as a beginner. These classes are also suitable for those returning to exercise after a break/injury.


A person training at intermediate level should have a fair amount of base fitness and coordination and thus can be exposed to a higher intensity workout.


At an advanced level, the participant should have experience in subjecting themselves to high intensity training on a regular basis. Every person starting off as a beginner should aspire to reach this level.

Online booking is available for members for classes, activities and spa treatments.
Non-members can book our spa treatments online, and please call 01983 766222 to book classes or activities.

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