Ladies, listen up! We've come across a wonderful community know as BUF Girls in Bayswater. BUF stands for Beautiful, Unstoppable and Fearless, which is exactly how they want women to feel!
Their small group fitness classes are designed to give you a great workout with a beautiful, supportive community of like-minded Mums in a non-intimidating environment. What's even better, is that they have childminders to watch your little ones while you do it.
Their philosophy is about healthy bodies & minds, friendship and community. Its a shift away from dieting and body transformations, and push towards eating well and moving often. They love getting active outdoors in the fresh air, but also utilise an indoor training space. Learn more about BUF Girls here.
"I love BUF because for the first time in my life, exercise doesn’t feel like a chore and I’ve found a really great community of like-minded women”
The BUF Girls Bayswater team have put together a few helpful health tips to keep in mind over the festive season:
1. Moderation Is Key
It’s easy for negative self-talk to creep in over the holidays, as our usual eating and movement habits tend to get interrupted. We’re consuming more, yet moving less and as a result, we’re left feeling pretty average.
Remember, the holiday season is meant to be filled with JOY so don’t let negative self-talk take this away. Instead, eat a little light something before heading along to parties to avoid rocking up ‘hungry’, space your food/drinks with a glass a water, go for walks after big meals to aid digestion, eat slowly so that your body is able to recognise when its full, plan a couple of ‘active dates’ with friends rather than always catching up over food, and look for fun ways to increase your daily activity if you’re struggling to find the time or energy to do a full-on workout (ie. beach walks, backyard cricket or park plays with the kids).
2. Listen To Your Mind And Body
It can be harder to hear what your mind and body is telling you over all those Christmas Carols being blasted about the place, so try and check in with yourself each morning or for just a few minutes before you do anything else (like check your phone or prepare the kids' lunches).
Ask yourself, what do you need for YOU today? Do you need to call a friend or a family member? Do you need to go for a walk at lunchtime? Do you need to read a book for 10 minutes? What do you need, for you? Take a little bit of time to listen to your mind and body in the morning before you let the festive season overwhelm you.
3. Make Self Care Easier
When things feel like they're a little out of control, it’s easy to forget to take care of yourself. But these are the times when you probably need it most, so take action to make taking care of yourself that little bit easier!
Purchase pre-chopped or frozen veggies for ease of meal preparation, join an exercise group that offers a creche or babysitting service, read a book to ensure a more restful sleep and seek help from your support networks.
Fall in love with how health and fitness make you feel – happy, alert, calm, centred, strong, beautiful, unstoppable and fearless!
For more information about BUF Girls Bayswater, visit the website here.