Can You Recommend an Activity/Class/Sports?

This question has come up with many of my clients. There's more than one reason that people want to try a new activity, from wanting to lose weight to compliment what they already do. I probably don't have to emphasise the importance of physical activity to everyone, but where to start? 

As part of my treatment plans I often set specific exercises and stretches to help with specific injury or posture correction, but in addition or post recovery exercise can help you to:

  • Prevent injury

  • Lose Weight

  • Build Strength 

  • Decrease stress

  • Increase flexibility 

  • Build Confidence

  • Overcome Injury 

  • Increase Wellbeing 

  • and many more 

I always advise you to talk to me before starting something new or continuing your normal activities if you are injured to avoid making it worse. but if you are fit and healthy here are some ideas that may get you started. 

  1. Strength & conditioning - Sports Therapy and Strength & Conditioning ​​​​go hand in hand, by doing S & C you will work to build muscle strength and balance out over dominant muscles. The right coach will help you work around injuries and work with your Sports Therapist. 

  2. Martial Arts -

    1. I, myself, do Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Checkmat Plymouth  (click the link for more details). BJJ is a submission wrestling sport where you use techniques learn to 'tap' your partner out using submissions such as arm lock, chokes, leg  lock etc  I have found that it has helped my general health with reduction in weight, reduction in stress and increase flexibility, strength and fitness. If you want to try a martial art but aren't keen on strikes then give this a go. Visit thier website for more details by clicking here. 

    2. Taekwondo & Kickboxing- Taekwondo Plymouth  offers classes for children to help learn control, self-defence and discipline all whilst having fun and keeping fit and healthy, the instructors are first rate and I would highly recommend this. If children are taught good habits with regards to help and fitness you are setting them up for good habits in later life. 

    3. Mixed Martial Arts Rice Champ Martial Arts offers adults martial arts classes mixing a range of disciplines including; Kick Boxing, Muay Thai, Karate and Wrestling. Martial arts in general are great at working self control, fitness, flexibility and wieght loss.

  3. Yoga - Yoga can be a more calming relaxing art which can really help reduce stress levels. There are a wide variety of different classes ranging from beginners to advanced and slow to fast flowing. I find this is a great start for those trying to balance out muscle groups or correct posture. It works all round on building strength and flexibility. Just be aware that some classes or clips you will see will show more advanced techniques that require more strength or flexibility than you may currently have. You may even find some beginners techniques difficult so remember to listen to your body, what comes easy to some will take years of training for others. If you keep training there is no reason you won't be able to master specific moves but don't try to rush by forcing your body there, just be persistant and keep training.
  4. Zumba - Zumba by Chloe is a great class where you can dance your way into a healthier lifestyle or use your skills to develop something new. Chloe is great at what she does providing a fun and enjoyable Zumba class. It doesn't matter if you've got two left feet, this class is suited to everyone. Zumba has helped a lot of people I know lose weight, I have often recommended to those who hate exercise or find it a chore. 

If you have other suggestions others might benefit from please contact me and let me know. If you want specific advice or want more information on any of the above please let me know,