Winter Fitness – 5 ways to get going and keep going

Winter is definitely here, and if you’re someone who struggles to get going in these darker days, here to help you are 5 good ways to get fit this winter on Tiree:

1. Go to a class

Everyone works harder when they’re in a class, and it really doesn’t matter what level you’re at. Here on Tiree there’s lots to chose from -Cyclone, Hooley, Pilates, Legs Bums Tums, Circuits – so with long winter nights upon us, your best option is to sweat it out at one of these great classes. See what’s on here

2. Eat clean – Eat green

Ditch the refined/processed/sugar laden junk, and base your meals on real 6a00e55015ee528833019b00f6c085970dfood. It’s up to you what you eat, but undermining your workouts with poor nutrition seems a waste of time. Enjoy real food, enjoy new recipes, and say hello to a world of health benefits. A good Tiree growable food that’s in fashion right now is Kale. It’s easy to grow, easy to prepare, easy to add to other meals, and super nutritious1. Lightly sautéing it makes kale more digestible and tasty whilst retaining all the nutrients

3. Lift weights

You’ve done the cardio, your eating has improved – the best thing you can add is some resistance training. Whether this is weights, bands, bars or body weight – if you do it properly, resistance training has a whole load of benefits as well as helping you get in shape and burn fat2. You can improve posture, flexibility, range of movement, Studio_Dumbells_Neoprene_2kg_Studio_Dumbells_Neoprenecoordination, control and confidence. But do it properly. Book in for a gym session to get started

4. Buddy up

Numerous studies show that people are more likely to stick with an exercise programme if they have a network of support3. So buddy up, become accountable to someone other than yourself – you’ll keep each other on track, and you’re both much more likely to succeed.

5. Get some fresh air

We have an abundance of fresh air on Tiree! Normally rushing toward us at 50mph! But we know it’s good for us, and the daylight is in such short supply you should grab it while you can. Winter walking is a good way of exercising; the added resistance of the wind, the cold air, the extra clothing – all this adds up to more calories burned, and a great feel-good factor.

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Winter is a great time for getting down into a routine, and committing to improving your fitness. Join everyone else at the classes, in the gym, or just out and about in the fresh air. The dark nights and short days wont seem half as bad if you do. Happy Training!

(1): MNT

(2): URMC Lift Your Way to Weight Loss

(3):Trost, S.G., et al. 2002. Correlates of adults’ participation in physical activity: Review and update. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 34 (12), 1996–2001.

New classes starting for winter

Get in shape the guaranteed way – working out hard and eating clean – classes coming up on Tiree with Legs Bums and Tums on Mondays and Circuits on Thursdays. Both classes are 6pm at the school and start 27th Oct. All abilities welcome. Whatever level you’re at, you know that if you stick with it you’ll be in a much better place, and much better shape in 8 weeks time. Sign up, commit, and achieve.

Contact us at Tiree Fitness if you want to get on board with an 8 week programme.workout-music-2013


Tiree Ultramarathon: The very first

8am start at Sandaig
8am start at Sandaig

Well it’s taken me a week to get this report out, and I’ve needed that time just to let sink in what an amazing weekend it was. This is an event that has been brewing for a few years now, but it wasn’t till about June this year that I decided to just get on and do it. And so the last few months have been spent pulling an event together. Thanks to the help and enthusiasm of every single person involved in the event, the Tiree Ultramarathon on 7th September proved to be well worth the effort. We wanted people to enjoy the course, get to the finish safely, and to experience what makes Tiree so special – I think everyone went home with all boxes ticked.

069So, apart from raving relentlessly about how cool it was to get people running 35 miles round the coastline of Tiree, what else is there to say? Well firstly, the decision to do it all again next year has been pretty much made for me. Thanks for all the great feedback everyone. Looks like we’re on! 6th September next year. Without changing too much, we hope to deliver another event that includes everything that made this one so special. Although I cant guarantee otters on the beach, and pure sunshine is only 90% likely – I can guarantee there will be beaches, beer at the finish, lots of support, and 35 s(miles)!

IMG_0731Peter’s report puts across what to expect better than I ever could – well worth a read — 

Also – another congratulations to our course record holders – Tom Smith and Lucy Colquhoun. Their trophy cabinets now re-stocked with some impressive Tiree Glass, and their records are there for challenging next year. I will arrange some special prizes for any new course records, and once again the Best Trousers prize will be up for grabs, I will arrange something appropriate.

IMG_1894And while I’m on the congratulations – just remembering that out of everyone that started the day, 100% made it to the finish – so that’s job well done to all the runners, marshals, supporters and everyone on standby should anyone get into difficulty. If you didn’t make the event this year, and you’re considering your first ultra – be encouraged that this is doable, you’ll be given the best chance of success, the best scenery to distract you, and we will do whatever we can to get you to that finish line.

And just to prove it – the unofficial video from the ladies in pink :) 

Anita was raising funds for CDH UK and you can still donate here – 

108So one last thank you to everyone who made the first Tiree Ultramarathon an event to remember – 35 miles, 45 runners, some otters, lots of beaches, marshals, supporters, sponsors, fundraisers, the people of Tiree, and quite simply – everyone who made it to the finish. We hope to see you on Tiree again soon.