February Blog

    Dr Hilary Jones and Dee Thresher - filming day with Diabetes UK

    Total Greek Yoghurt held a journalist breakfast meeting introducing the team to the media, had a great morning, met some fab people and a great breakfast cooked by chef Paul Merritt. Our nutritionist Martin was on hand with some good advice.

    Had a brilliant day in London with the Total Team Hula Hooping with Hula girl Anna (who was also dressed as a zebra!) and any passer’s by who dared have a go and hula for their breakfast (Total Greek Yoghurt of course!) I was pretty impressed, not only at the amount of people who had a go, but actually how good some of them were. It is such a great way to keep fit for all the family and have a good giggle at the same time.

    I am also now a patron of the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society. One of my main jobs this year with them is to encourage people with this condition to exercise and to understand the benefits of regular activity. The NRAS have also joined an initiative together with the NHS and GlaxoSmithKline to launch a campaign called “Your Personal Best”, encouraging people with long term health conditions to lead a more active life, whether it’s walking, gardening or housework. As a result, we had a press launch at the Olympic Room in Westfields, Stratford. Len Goodman and Arlene Phillips from Strictly Come Dancing have also joined forces in this campaign.

    I had a days’s filming with Diabetes UK. This involved filming exercise strands to go on their website, promoting exercise, getting ready for the BUPA Great Runs, of which Diabetes UK are BUPAs chosen charity. I met some incredible volunteers who took part in the day. Some had type 1 or type 2 diabetes and others just wanted to volunteer for the day to raise awareness. These films should be going live on their website very soon and I will be assisting with tips and advice throughout the year for all their runners.

    "Personal Best Campaign" - press launch with Len Goodman and Arlene Phillips together with the NRAS

    Apart from my usual classes and clients I also attended a very interesting “stretch” workshop with an ex-pole vaulter who is now an osteopath. Some very different ideas on increasing flexibility and a very good practical also which left me aching the next day. My clients are now reaping the benefits of this and cursing me in the processJ .

    Seemed like the Christmas holidays were only just over and half term thankfully came round just in time before my kids fell over in exhaustion! Juggled a fun week where I cut back on work and did loads with them, including having friends over, going to the cinema, dog walks, board games and treated them to a couple of meals out too.

    Looking forward to getting involved in a local charity “Crossroads” which raises money for respite care and carers, in which my partner and myself will be involved.

    I have a fitness weekender coming up in Camber. These weekends run several classes every hour from Friday through to Sunday and I try to get to as many classes as possible! It is a great way to keep me inspired, ensure I am up to date on my advice as a trainer and also to catch up with other instructors and find out what‘s going on in the industry.