Getting fit for the summer?

Jo Smith, Eastbourne Herald Senior Reporter, demonstrates a move from her Body Combat class. July4th 2013 E27210P
Jo Smith, Eastbourne Herald Senior Reporter, demonstrates a move from her Body Combat class. July4th 2013 E27210P
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The Healthy Eastbourne campaign was launched in May, with a new website informing residents of different activities and events on offer to those wanting to improve their health.

The scheme has been developed by the Eastbourne Strategic Partnership and is being launched to coincide with the Eastbourne Sports Festival. As the campaign enters its third month reporter Joanne Smith talks about her weekly gym class which is helping to burn the calories.

WHEN I was at school I used to be heavily into running, taking part in sports day, cross country, you name it. But I partied hard in my early twenties and it wasn’t until 10 years after I left the confines of Willingdon Community School that I realised I was in need of improving my diet and that walking to my work, which was just a stone’s throw away from my flat, wasn’t really enough exercise in a week.

After taking part in a fitness feature at the Sovereign Centre and losing around a stone I joined up as a member and during the last few months have started taking part in classes again, the main one being Body Combat. The session I go to on a Thursday night is run by fitness instructor Jo Phan. The 32-year-old, who also runs classes at other venues, said Body Combat was a good calorie burner, adding, “You work every single muscle in your body, all the upper body and lower body. It’s for everybody so all levels of fitness can do it. You can do a high impact version or a low impact one. You burn 700, 800, maybe even 900 calories per class. It’s great for weight loss, it’s just an all round fantastic class.”

The sessions include a series of moves including kicks, jabs, punches and running on the spot . The different moves can then be incorporated into a routine to work to alongside the music.

I find classes break up the usual routine to just hitting the gym and having an instructor there to encourage you is definitely an added bonus.

To find out more about the campaign visit the website at www.healthyeastbourne.org.uk.To watch a video of the Body Combat class visit: www.eastbourneherald.co.uk