Let’s Get Physical
If you've fallen off the fitness wagon, fear not. Find your fitness mojo by trying something new.
The secret to sticking to it though is by not getting bored. At Muddy, we’ve been having a nose around Cornwall to see what’s out there (and some of the women who swear by it) to inspire you to get into your groove. Ready, steady, GO!
Even if you’ve never set foot (or knee) on a surfboard before, don’t be put off joining a surf club. You’ll be standing up and catching small waves before you know it with a bit of expert tuition. Polzeath Ladies Surf Club runs a series of five-week sessions throughout the year including both evening and morning sessions. Boards are included, all you need to do is hire, buy or acquire a wetsuit.
“I was one of those people who thought that I could teach myself to surf and that I had to be good at surfing before I could join a club. After 10 years of going in the water and trying to figure it out and failing, I finally plucked up the courage to join Polzeath Ladies Surf Club – it’s one of the best decisions I ever made! I have not only been taught to surf by the most amazing coaches, but I have made some fantastic friends too – everyone was so warm and welcoming, and as a newbie surfer made me feel like I already belong!! The only thing I regret is not joining sooner” ~ Jacquie
“Polzeath Ladies Surf Club is a warm, friendly and welcoming surf club with a great group of ladies. The expert guidance and support of the wonderful coaches at George’s Surf School allows you to progress at a pace that’s right for you. Thank you to everyone for all your encouragement and friendship. I’m having the best time” ~ Helen
There has been a huge growth in the women and girls game, in part due to the successes of the Lionesses in recent years and there are now a record number of women’s football teams in the county (50 girls teams and 19 adult women’s teams).
The Cornwall Women’s Football league is made up of two divisions and also a southwestern regional league above those so that teams can gain promotion, meaning there is a level that any player can take part in the game. With clubs spread across the county from Mousehole to Saltash and welcoming players of all ages and experiences from 16+, there are more opportunities than ever before to get involved.
Road & Trails
Breeze Rides are an initiative set up by British Cycling to get more women cycling around the UK. All the rides are led by female volunteers called Breeze Champions and range from easy rides along the trail to rides 50+ miles.
To find rides in your local area keep checking on letsride.co.uk, you may need to expand the search area under the Filter and Search Radius, but there are rides being added regularly by Breeze Champions all over Cornwall, Devon and the rest of the UK. All you need is a bicycle, which you can often hire before you buy.
“Cycling gives me a sense of freedom, de-stresses me and the adventure fills me with excitement and enjoyment which I have never been able to find in any other exercise! It has also helped me deal with my anxiety, depression and to help me make friends!
I loved the first few rides I went on and decided I wanted to become a Breeze Champion! It has been the best thing I have done! Since becoming a Champion I have taken ladies with all different abilities out on a variety of rides from beginners to adventures! There is never any pressure to push yourself and all you need is a bicycle and sense of adventure! People come on the rides to either just go for easy rides or because they want to improve and join a club or have a challenge to aim for!”
Imogen Callaway, Breeze Area Coordinator for Cornwall and Devon
Track cycling offers a great opportunity to improve fitness & technique in a safe environment and for 2020 Par Track has started a ladies only session, for all ages and ability to come and enjoy a cycle regardless of fitness level and type of bike. This class will be suited to those wanting to get into, or back into cycling.
Rowing is a whole body workout and some clubs have a specific learn to row course, like Flushing & Mylor Pilot Gig Club, designed to take new rowers through the basics of rowing and give them the skills to progress to competent rowers.
“Rowing is brilliant and I’d recommend it to anyone (no matter what their fitness level). Not only do you get to experience the beauty of the Cornish coast through all the seasons, including sunrises, occasional dolphin visits and the odd hail storm, but the bonds you build with your crew are unlike any other friendship. Plus, if you’re looking to get a bit fitter, rowing is pretty decent workout. I joined ten years ago as a complete beginner, having not done any physical activity other than the odd walk since I left school”.
Polly Tonkins, Chair & Ladies A Crew
OTHER THINGS YOU COULD TRY:
GET FIT SESSIONS
If you don’t fancy a club or specific sport then what about joining a fitness class. They are often set up by one fitness instructor, such as Liv at GetBodminFit, and welcome anyone and everyone to their classes. Using lottery funding to open in a local unit, Liv says ” It doesn’t matter what level of fitness you have, as we all start somewhere. It is a great network of people that support each other, and encourage and motivate”.
Try a 90-minute taster climbing session to get tied up, so to speak, and see what climbing is all about. Experience the thrill of climbing whilst having an experienced instructors on hand to maintain your safety.
If you’re inspired by The Greatest Dancer, from ballet to street dance to salsa, tango and everything in between, there are numerous adult classes up and down the county, including Mind, Body, Dance who hosts a regular frankly awesome sounding Broadway musicals dance workshop. There are too many across to the county to list them all here, but get thyself onto google and find your nearest. Leotards very likely unnecessary, unless you want to.
Boxing is perfect for a total body workout helping you get fitter, stronger and more kickass. It also improves balance, coordination, reactivity and agility. There are boxing clubs popping up everywhere, including St Austell, Liskeard and not-for-profit Aggie Boxing Club in St Agnes.