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Our Swim Champions- Huma’s story

Like Aaron, Huma began swimming as a child and has continued to do so throughout her adult life. However- it’s not swimming that she likes most about being a Swim Champion- but the opportunity to go out into the community. Luton’s vast ethnic diversity means Huma meets people from all different ethnicities, backgrounds and cultures. With her Scottish Asian background she’s at ease communicating with everyone- even speaking Urdu to those whom English is not their first language. Huma’s community outreach- and the work of all our swim champions- has helped increase the interest of swimming by 30% within the Black Asian minority ethnic (BAME) and over 60% with women in Luton! 

 

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Huma at Inspire: Luton Sports Village- Women Only swimming session

 

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Our Swim Champion- Aaron’s Story

Meet our Swim Champion Aaron. He works for Active Education as a Primary School Sports coach and is currently completing his Level 2 Fitness Instructor awards; as well as inspiring and teaching others to swim! As his mum was a keen swimmer Aaron and his brother took to the water from a very young age. He joined Luton Swimming club and has had a love for the water ever since…

 

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Aaron and fellow Swim Champion Cleo

 

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Active Luton’s Top Tips! 3 ways get active & stay active

 1. Find an activity that you enjoy & make it part of your routine

Swimming, gym, fitness classes, group or individual sporting activities- whatever gets your blood pumping and body moving! It doesn’t have to be high intensity exercise; in just 60 minutes the average person can burn up to 817 calories (fast swimming) or 572 calories (slow swimming)! Exercising and keeping active should fit into your daily routine. Don’t worry though- that doesn’t mean going to the gym everyday! In general, three to five workouts per week (or in other words, three to five hours of physical exercise) tend to produce good results. Whether that’s walking or cycling instead of driving to the shop or taking the stairs instead of the lift- it all adds up to an active, healthier you!

 

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Our Swim Champions- Sarah’s Story

Earlier this year Sport England selected Luton as one of 12 places across England for a pilot project to encourage more people to use their local swimming pools. Thanks to the National Lottery, Sport England awarded us with a grant of £292k for an intensive, one-year programme. 

 

Active Luton has embarked on an awareness raising project and centre improvements under the brand ‘Your Pool’ to encourage the people of Luton to use its swimming pools more – particularly people deemed ‘at risk’ of poor health, older people, children and young people, disabled people, women and girls and the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community. 

Although 87% of the local community (versus 69% nationally) had a positive perception of swimming in terms of health and wellbeing, only 47% were aware of the location and existence of Inspire: Luton Sports Village.  Even fewer – only 25%  knew about Lea Manor pool and only 26% about Lewsey Pool. It was time to get Luton swimming again! That’s where our Swim Champions come in.

 

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Functional Training - The New Fitness Craze: NOW at Active Luton

‘When I heard they were getting a revamp I thought it was just going to be a couple more machines, but it’s all new and it’s great’

Emma, Inspire Gym Member

 

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Neil and Emma at Inspire’s New Functional Training Zone

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May's SWIMTAG usage leader, Russell

May’s SWIMTAG usage leader, and our IT Infrastructure and Support Analyst, Russell Hillman sat down with us to share more about his regular swimming at Inspire: Luton Sports Village.

 

So, how often do you swim?

Well I try to swim every weekday morning before work at Inspire: Luton Sports Village, between 20 minutes and an hour depending on when I get there. I do front crawl and breast stroke with my head down as I don’t mind getting my hair wet. 

 

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Paul | FootGolf at Stockwood Park Golf Centre

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We caught up with Paul today at Stockwood Park Golf Centre to find out more about his passion for FootGolf and the reasons why. Paul always aims to play FootGolf at Stockwood Park at least twice a week to train for tournaments over the UK.

Discover more about Paul by reading below!

 

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Lifeguarding

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Not sure what a lifeguard is or what it entails? By the end of this blog you will have some sort of clue and know if it’s a right path for you!

What is a lifeguard?
Lifeguards are trained members of staff employed to rescue swimmers who get into difficulty in the pool. You might see them sitting poolside in our yellow shirts with straight faces but rest assured, they’re always ready to act - like when Cade suffered a cardiac arrest during school swimming lessons!

 

Why choose lifeguarding?
Lifeguarding is a career that works around you - great if you’re still in full-time education or looking for work that fits around your lifestyle.

Not only do you learn lifesaving skills, but the National Pool Lifeguarding Qualification (NPLQ) is internationally recognised, meaning you have the potential to work and travel abroad!

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Unsung Hero by Jayden Williams

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Today’s blog is from recent Sports Journalism graduate, Jayden Wiliams.  Jayden, 21, is from Luton and has been an Active Luton member for five years. He is also an athlete coached by our Outreach and Communities Manager, Catrina Lewis, in her capacity as an athletics coach. 

 

Catrina’s ME TIME team has just won a national Sporta Award and was also shortlisted for a Women’s Sport Trust Award.  Jayden interviewed Catrina for his final year degree project.

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Benefits of Swimming

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What burns well over 300 calories in just half an hour, helps depression and anxiety and lowers risk of heart disease and diabetes?

The answer of course is exercise-related – specifically swimming!  And the great news is that the benefits of swimming are not only enjoyed by the Mark Fosters and Rebecca Adlingtons of the world.  Whatever your level, swimming is hugely beneficial to your health and can also help people with disabilities and long-term health and mobility-limiting conditions. Here are our top tips:

 

1. Swimming helps to manage weight

Expect to burn around 367 calories after just 30 minutes of breaststroke – that beats walking, cycling and even running. The Calorie Cruncher on the Swim England site www.swimming.org can tell you how many calories your preferred swimming stroke burns.

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Ian Hobdell, 30 Years of Service!

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Congratulations to our Lewsey Facility Manager on 30 Years’ Service with Luton Borough Council and Active Luton

Our Lewsey Facility Manager, Ian Hobdell, celebrated his 30 years’ service this week in style at Lewsey Sports Park.  Ian tells us about joining Luton Borough Council from college to his role today:

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Centre Manager, Dave & SWIMTAG!

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Meet Dave, centre manager at Inspire: Luton Sports Village. It’s the perfect working environment for Dave as he loves to swim most mornings at 6am before work. In today’s blog Dave tells us why he loves using Swim Tag to track his swimming. Swim Tag is now available at all Active Luton’s pools – just ask at reception.

 

How long have you been swimming, Dave?

Since school – and I’m now 56 so that’s quite a while.  But I still like to compete and recently took part in the Masters European Swimming Championships.  ‘Masters’ means over 25 – so I easily qualify!

 

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Why ME TIME is a Winner for the Women of Luton

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In today’s blog – to celebrate ME TIME being a finalist in the Women’s Sport Trust #BeAGamechanger Awards - our Outreach and Communities Manager, Catrina Lewis, answers some questions about the hugely successful  ME TIME Luton women’s fitness and activity programme. 

 

Please vote for ME TIME to win the ‘Inspiring Initiative – Local’ Award on the Women’s Sport Trust site here:  http://www.womenssporttrust.com/bagc2017/.  The winner is decided by public vote so please support us!

 

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7 interesting facts about Spring

Spring has a different meaning for everyone  – whether that’s longer and warmer days for jogging, more chocolate and Easter eggs to work off, or enjoying country walks. But what about the less well-known things about Spring? We’ve composed a few interesting facts for you!

 

1. Contrary to belief, Spring isn’t the start of pollen season!

Some plants actually start releasing pollen as early as January, meaning hay fever isn’t a good excuse for no outdoor runs this season!

 

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Active or Just Busy? There is a Difference

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The British Heart Foundation (BHF) recently reported that more than 20 million people in the UK are inactive, significantly increasing their risk of heart disease.

Many of us are guilt of thinking it couldn’t happen to us and may wonder, what counts as being ‘active’?  

The guidelines for activity for adults aged 19 to 64 are:

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Age Seven Can Mark ‘Tragic Decline’ in Fitness Levels

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A recent study has concluded that our children are entering a “tragic decline” from the age of just seven, with activity levels dropping long before they leave primary school.

The study tracking 500 children over eight years showed a sharp drop in activity levels between the ages of seven and nine with a decline continuing into adolescence.

Previous research indicated that the fall in activity levels among children happens in adolescence but this new study has called this into questions and put a greater importance on teaching our children to be active right from the moment they can walk and encouraging continued activity throughout school years.

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/14/children-become-less-active-age-just-seven-major-study-finds/

Here at Active Luton we have a large range of classes and activities to keep your child active and inspired, from swimming to footgolf.  Please click here to find out more about the activities we have available in Luton. 

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