Your Leisure, Author at YOUR Leisure

All Posts by Your Leisure

Your Leisure and Blue Wave Hydrotherapy Pool & Gym

Customer Update from Kevin Fordham, Managing Director, Your Leisure

Dear members and stakeholders, 

I'd like to take this opportunity to update you regarding Blue Wave Hydrotherapy Pool and Gym Complex as I know how valuable to the local community this facility is. It has been a challenging 12+ months for everyone due to the pandemic, but I wanted to inform you in detail what has been happening behind the scenes and how we are looking to the future regarding Blue Wave.  

Background

Your Leisure was asked to consider assisting with the long-term viability of the Blue Wave complex in 2019 as a consequence of the Royal School for the Deaf entering into administration and the likelihood of the centre permanently closing.

Agreement was reached late in 2019 that the facility would transfer to Your Leisure from 1 April 2020 through a 15-year lease with Kent County Council as a way to protect the centre and ensure it remained a valuable community asset. 

2020/21 A Time of Challenge

As we worked through the hand over in early 2020, unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic hit the country with the Government announcing the closure of leisure facilities on 20 March 2020, just prior to Your Leisure taking over the complex from 1 April 2020.

Not wanting to step away, we continued to transfer the business into our portfolio as we considered the impact of the national lockdown.

During this phase, with all the team being furloughed to protect local jobs, it was identified there were some considerable maintenance requirements as well as investment needed to become Covid-compliant that needed to be addressed ahead of reopening. This work has been hindered as a result of on and off lockdown/tiered restrictions.

A further challenge we faced, during the multiple phases of lockdown through 2020 and into 2021, was how to implement the required social distancing restriction in such a small facility, ensuring both customers and employees remained safe whilst providing a service in an economical way. With the facility, in real terms being closed and shut for 12 months, the implications of simply switching the facility back on also comes with risks to plant and equipment, therefore we have planned the re-opening to ensure that any unforeseen issues are rectified ahead of opening so the facility can stay open once opened in September and avoid having to close again for maintenance if these actions were not carried out properly by trained professionals.

Our Commitment

Your Leisure remains committed to the re-opening of the facility and do realise that our current plans for a September 2021 reopening is some time away but please be assured the facility will open again. We ask previous customers and members to be patient and support us with this our plans as we try to rebound from this unprecedented time for businesses, the country and everyone.

The Future

We see the facility as a real asset to the area and believe we can bring about a long-term and sustainable future. There will be change ahead for the complex and we are focused on improving both the quality of the facility and services provided and engaging with a wide community audience to open up access to this hidden jewel.

In Summary

We do apologise for any inconvenience that the delay may have and reiterate we are fully committed to reopening the Blue Wave Hydrotherapy Pool & Gym by September 2021 when, hopefully, the existing Covid restrictions have been lifted and customers can return to enjoy this fantastic facility.

Please keep an eye on our website and social channels for future updates around reopening plans.

Sincerely, 

Kevin Fordham, Managing Director, Your Leisure

Margate Theatres “Light it in Red”

Margate Winter Gardens and Theatre Royal Margate to be illuminated in red this week (15 to 19 March) to show solidarity with the live events industry as part of the national "Light it in Red IV" campaign.

With preparations beginning to celebrate the return of live entertainment at Margate Winter Gardens & Theatre Royal Margate, Your Leisure is joining the National Campaign "Light it in Red IV" to show support and remember colleagues and friends from the Events Industry. The "Light it in Red IV" campaign will unite the live events industry in a show of solidarity and send a message of hope and support to all those that lost their jobs through no fault of their own or those that have had their lives put on hold; "Light it in Red" hopes to let all the individual people involved in the events industry that they are still loved and cared about.

Paul Palmer, Entertainments Manager for Your Leisure, said; "The events industry has been one of the most hardest hit industries during the pandemic. “Light it in Red” helps raise awareness of all the venues and staff that have been affected but also reminds our customers that we are still here! We’ve been busy behind the scenes, in preparation to re-open this summer. We can’t wait to see our customers enjoying themselves again in one of our facilities".


The "Light it in Red IV" campaign runs from 15 – 19 March 2021. For more details about the campaign and how to join in go to the website www.lightitinred.co.uk

Kirsty and Sarah TAB to raise money for The Royal British Legion

Live Better Advisor Kirsty Beard and Sarah Kelly are raising money for The Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal.

The fundraising duo said, "Due to the pandemic, Remembrance services will be different this year. There will be no parades or gatherings. We still feel it is important to do something. As this year marks 75 years since the end of WWII, we have decided that we will run and tab (Tactical Advance to Battle) with 20kg for 75 miles, during the month of November to raise money for the Royal British Legion poppy appeal."

Kirsty and Sarah are Army Reserves, 3PWRR, A Company.

They have set up a Go Fund Me page and you can donate online: https://bit.ly/3oDzVax

Your Leisure Supporting the Community

Your Leisure has been helping some of the people hardest hit by COVID19 lockdowns.

Through a successful application for Sport England’s “Tackling Inequalities” fund, through their county sports partner, Kent Sport, Your Leisure have been delivering boot camps for women, yoga for people with hearing impairments and online low impact exercise for people with disabilities and/or long term health conditions.

The images show how the women’s bootcamp session has been adapted to enable mums to bring their children with them, and it was great to see 3 generations coming together to enjoy their wellbeing together.

Here are a couple (of many) quotes from the grateful participants, describing so articulately the difference the sessions are making…

Having a place on the bootcamp has meant a lot to me in different ways. I broke my ankle and part of my shin in February and I couldn't move, and I got heavier and heavier and more and more sad. Coupling that with lockdown I was very lonely. When I found out I could have a place on the bootcamp I already started to see signs of my old self coming back. I have met some incredible ladies on the journey. The ones that run at the front that look like goal to me. The ones who have run further each week or done more push ups who are super motivating. And of course, Natasha who has been a rock and a great teacher. I don't ever want to be back at the place where I don't have enough energy to get up the stairs or run with my daughter and thanks to bootcamp I don't feel I’ll ever be at that place again”   

“I was a bit low with lockdown and shielding. Natasha and the support from the others attending has been very important for my mental wellbeing. Boot camp has been a very safe environment to exercise again in. More positive now and even enjoy the outdoors and running around the football pitch.

Watermelon: A Juicy, Fun Way To Take Your Vitamins

While kids want great taste, you want to give them the vitamins, minerals and fibre their growing bodies need. Serve watermelon and you can both be happy.

Watermelon is a fun, nutritious way to make sure active kids don't get dehydrated; it's 92 percent water.

A two-cup serving of watermelon is an excellent source of vitamins A, B6 and C, and it provides 7 percent of the recommended daily value of potassium, with only 80 calories.

Watermelon is fat-free and also contains fiber. Its beautiful red color comes from all-natural lycopene, an antioxidant that can help keep kids' bodies healthy.

Watermelon can be eaten at any meal, breakfast, lunch or dinner, and it's a wonderful snack for the whole family. Delicious on its own, watermelon is a fantastic ingredient in recipes, too. Previously just a summertime treat, tasty watermelon is now available year-round.

A watermelon carving makes a great addition to a kids' party buffet, and the birthday boy or girl can help make it. The salad inside can be as simple as a mixture of blueberries, seedless green grapes and balls of watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew melon. It's colorful and kids love it.

Carving Instructions for Watermelon Fish

Slice 1/4 inch off the bottom lengthwise to provide a stable base.

With a melon baller, cut half circles over half the top of the watermelon in a rectangular shape, remove and set aside. This piece will be used for the top fin and tail.

Scoop out the flesh.

Cut out the tail shape and the melon balled fin-piece from the rectangular piece set aside earlier. Attach the fin and tail with sturdy, round toothpicks.

Cut out eyes using a melon baller. Trim around the outside of the eye socket, then place it back in, rind side out.

For the mouth, point a paring knife at a downward angle above the stem and slice through 3 inches on either side of the stem, cutting through the rind. Push out the mouth from the inside. For the side fin, cut 3 cuts into the side using the melon baller to make the curves on the back of the fin. Then slice straight cuts to form the top and bottom of the fin.

About Omega 3 Fish oils

Question: What’s all the fuss about Omega 3 fish oils? What do they do for my body?

Answer: Omega 3 fish oils are a substance that can be found in the bodies of fish. However, eating fresh fish is no longer recommended. The mercury levels that are prevalent in almost all fresh fish these days can be very detrimental to your health. However, companies have manufactured fish oil that is mercury free by processing the oils that naturally occur in the fish. Omega 3 is a type of fat that is essential for human health. Omega 3 contains two fatty acids that benefit the human body greatly, which are known as DHA and EPA.

These fatty acids have been linked to helping prevent heart disease, cancer, and many other diseases. DHA is also required by the human brain. Low levels of DHA in the brain have been linked to depression, schizophrenia, memory loss, and an increased chance of being stricken with Alzheimer’s disease. Therefore, the regular and repeated consumption of Omega 3 fish oils can greatly help affect the quality of your life for the better.

The American Heart Association recommends the use of fish oils to help your hearts performance as long as you keep your dosage under 3 grams per day, suggesting an amount roughly between 0.5 to 1.8 grams per day. Clinical trials conducted have shown that Omega 3 fish oils can reduce cardiovascular events including heart attacks, strokes, and even death.

Also, research has shown that fish oils can help decrease the risk of arrhythmias, decrease triglyceride levels, decrease the growth rate of atherosclerotic plaque, and even slightly lower blood pressure! With all these facts, there is no doubt that the regular and responsible use of Omega 3 fish oils from supplements can be of great benefit to your health.

7 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Coconut Oil

It is a common misconception that coconut oil is bad for you. People all over the world are experiencing the healthy benefits of using coconut oil. It is actually one of the healthiest oils you can consume. Here are the top seven reasons why you should use coconut oil as an alternative to other common cooking oils.

1. Coconut oil doesn't turn to fat in your body.

Unlike many other common oils, like soy (vegetable) and corn, coconut oil won't make you fat. Coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCT), which are an easy fuel for the body to burn, without turning to fat. Most other cooking oils and fats contain long-chain triglycerides (LCT). LCT's are usually stored as fat. Since coconut oil is a MCT, it is more easily absorbed and converted to energy quicker.

People in the tropics have relied on coconuts as a traditional staple in their diet for centuries. They consume large amounts of coconut oil every day. Instead of getting fatter, it helps them stay healthy, lean and trim. When they switch from coconut oil to our modern oils, they develop obesity and the health problems that our modern society faces.

Some other people who have known this truth for a long time are people who are in the animal feed business. When livestock are fed vegetable oils, they put on weight and produce more fatty meat. When they are fed coconut oil, they become very lean.

2. Coconut oil increases your metabolism.

Not only does coconut oil convert to energy quicker in your body, it increases your metabolism, which promotes weight loss. Because it boosts your metabolism, it helps your body burn fat more effectively.

Coconut oil may triple your calorie burn. Since coconut oil is a MCT, it is converted to energy so quickly that it creates a lot of heat. In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, MCT's burn three times more calories for six hours after a meal than LCT's.

The February 15, 2005 issue of Woman's World magazine stated that coconut oil is the "underground high-metabolism secret."

This is great news for people who have thyroid problems, since coconut oil improves sluggish thyroids by stimulating the production of extra thyroid hormones. Most other common oils, like vegetable (soy) and corn have been shown to inhibit thyroid function.

3. Coconut oil has omega 3 fatty acids.

Most cooking oils contain omega 6 fatty acids, something we get way too much of in the United States. Our omega 6 to omega 3 ratio should be 1:1 but it is more like 50:1. We need to drastically cut back our omega 6 oils and consume much more omega 3 oils to be healthy. And coconut oil is filled with these healthy omega 3 fatty acids.

4. Coconut oil gives you energy.

Because of the healthy omega 3 fatty acids and the fact that it increases the metabolism, most people that switch to coconut oil feel a burst of added energy in their daily life.

This is because coconut oil is nature’s richest source of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT's), which increase metabolic rates and lead to weight loss. MCT's promote thermogenesis, which increases the body's metabolism, producing energy.

This is because coconut oil is nature’s richest source of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT's), which increase metabolic rates and lead to weight loss. MCT's promote thermogenesis, which increases the body's metabolism, producing energy. Many people with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia have found that adding coconut and coconut oil to their diet was helpful to them.

5. One of the best things you can use on your skin and hair is coconut oil.

Coconut oil is one of the best things you can apply directly on your skin and hair. It gives temporary relief to skin problems like rashes. It aids in healing and restoring skin to a younger appearance. It has also been known to help with people who suffer from yeast infections in the skin, as well as many other skin problems.

Not only does it soften and smooth your skin, coconut oil has antioxidant properties that protect the skin from free radical damage. Coconut oil makes excellent massage oil too.

6. Coconut oil has healthy benefits that most other oils do not.

Evidence is mounting that coconut oil has anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiviral effects when both consumed and used topically on the skin.

Most oils oxidize and turn rancid very quickly causing free radical damage in our bodies. Coconut oil is not easily oxidized and does not cause harmful free radical damage like polyunsaturated vegetable oils. Free radical damage is thought to be responsible for many ailments in our body from arthritis to increased susceptibility to cancers.

Coconut oil also helps our bodies absorb other nutrients more effectively, such as Vitamin E.

7. Coconut oil is one of the best oils you can use for cooking.

It has a higher smoke point than olive oil, which means it can take higher temperatures better. There are several healthy omega 3 oils we can choose to consume, such as flax and olive oil, but they don't do well under the high heat we use for cooking. Coconut oil can be used in higher cooking temperatures.

It is harder for coconut oil to go rancid, unlike other cooking oils, which are usually rancid long before you even bring them home. Rancid oils cause free radical damage in the body, which is a leading cause of cancer. Coconut oil is stable for over a year at room temperature.

 Because of the misinformation we have been given for years, we have lost out on the healthy benefits that coconut oil has given the people of the tropics for centuries. But now it has been rediscovered! Coconut oil is so effective, it won't be long before we see coconut oil supplements promoted, but you can get the jump on the popular crowd and start consuming and cooking with coconut oil today!

7 Reasons to Grow Your own organic vegetable garden

If you have space for a few pots or even a small piece of land, it is a great decision to grow your own vegetables. It not only provides you with a source of organic health veggies, but ti's great exercise tending to it.

1. You will have no additives in your vegetables. Research by organic food associations has shown that additives in our food can cause heart diseases, osteoporosis, migraines and hyperactivity.

2. There will be no pesticides or synthetic fertilisers used. These chemical products are applied to obtain crops all the time regardless of plagues or weather conditions, and affect the quality of the vegetables. Besides, pesticides are usually poisonous to humans.

3. Your vegetables will not be genetically modified (GM). Antibiotics, drugs and hormones are used on vegetables to grow more and larger ones. One of the consequences of this practice are vegetables which look all the same and are usually tasteless. Besides, we end up consuming the hormones that have been used on the vegetables, with the potential risks for our health.

4. Eating your own organic vegetables will be much more healthy for you. They will not contain any of the products or chemicals named above, and they will be much more natural than any ones you would find at the supermarket. Your health will not be at risk because you will then know that nothing has been added to your vegetables.

5. Your own organic vegetables will be much tastier. The use of pesticides, synthetic fertilisers, hormones and antibiotics make vegetables grow unnaturally and take the taste away from them. With organic vegetables, your cooking will be enhanced as their flavour will show fully.

6. Organic farming is friendly to the environment. Because you won't use pesticides or other equally harming products on your vegetables, you will not damage the soil or the air with the chemical components.

 7. When you grow your own organic vegetables you are contributing to your own self-sustainability and the sustainability of the planet. Small communities have been founded

10 Small Steps To Improve Your Health

Small steps are easier to achieve and more sustainable than huge overhauls to your lifestyle. 

1. Keep an eye on your weight and work on making sure you are not gaining extra lbs. Even if you gain just a pound or two every year, the extra weight adds up quickly.

2. Take more small steps. Use a pedometer to count your daily steps; then add 2,000, the equivalent of one extra mile. Keep adding steps, 1,000 to 2,000 each month or so, until you take 10,000 steps on most days.

3. Eat breakfast. Breakfast eaters tend to weigh less and have better diets overall. For a filling and nutrition-packed breakfast, top whole grains with fresh fruit slices and low-fat or fat-free milk.

4. Switch three grain servings each day to whole grain. If you're like the average American, you eat less than one whole grain serving a day.

5. Have at least one green salad every day. Eating a salad (with low-fat or fat-free dressing) is filling and may help you eat less during the meal. It also counts toward your five daily cups of vegetables and fruits.

6. Trim the fat. Fat has a lot of calories, and calories count. Purchase lean meats, eat poultry without the skin, switch to lower-fat cheeses, use a nonstick pan with only a dab of oil or butter.

7. Consider calcium. Try including two or three daily servings of low-fat or fat-free milk or yogurt. Dairy calcium is good for bones and may also help you lose weight.

8. Downsize. The smaller the bag, bottle or bowl, the less you will eat.

9. Lose just 5 to 10 percent of your current weight. The health benefits are huge-lower blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides.

10. Keep track of your eating. Write down what you eat over the next couple of days and look for problem spots. Often, just writing things down can help you eat less.

Walmer Paddling Pool Statement

Dover District Council and Your Leisure have been working hard to find a way to safely open Walmer Paddling Pool in line with the guidance from the government and Swim England. Unfortunately, this has not been possible, and we’ve taken the difficult decision not to open this season.

We know this is disappointing but the need for social distancing and strict hygiene measures would be impractical in such a small facility. Put simply, the strict limitations and restrictions that would need to be put in place would take away any enjoyment of using the pool.

Under the guidance, the required safe space for each bather is 6m² per person. This would limit the pool’s capacity to just 27 people. Along with the accompanying COVID-secure protocols, this would simply not be viable. We would also have to put in place similar restrictions for the surrounding green space.

On top of these challenges, we were unable to undertake any of the normal preparatory and maintenance works for re-opening during the lockdown.

Kevin Fordham, Managing Director of Your Leisure said: “This is not a decision Dover District Council and Your Leisure have taken lightly. Walmer Paddling Pool is a popular community venue and we’re so disappointed that Your Leisure is not able to reopen the pool this summer. Despite working tirelessly to come up with a viable solution to get Walmer Paddling Pool operational for the summer, the challenges were just too great.”

DDC and Your Leisure continue to work in partnership to safely re-open our leisure facilities as soon as possible. Tides Leisure Centre in Deal re-opened on 3 August with a restricted service for members only. The health and wellbeing of customers and staff is at the heart of all our plans.

1 2 3 4