Your health club update

Friday 24th September 2021

While the summer may be behind us, as we head further into autumn and the mild weather continues there’s a wonderful feeling of optimism in the air. It brings me great happiness to see your smiling faces again after so many months behind screens and masks.

If you’re looking to get back into a healthy routine this autumn, there’s no time like the present. We’ve listed a few reasons why September is our favourite month to get active and make some lifestyle changes, plus a few healthy recipe ideas should you need inspiration in the kitchen.

Team update

In the gym we’re joined by new Wellness Coach and Personal Trainer Nikki Laker - an experienced trainer who specialises in female training. She is very excited to be joining the team and is looking forward to getting to know you all. Please have a catch up with her next time you are in the Gym!

We also have some new faces on reception with Jodie, Carly and Grace, who have settled in well and look forward to welcoming you to the club on your next visit.

Finally, we welcome Anna to the team in the role of Duty Manager. Anna has been a member of Benton Hall for a number of years and is looking forward to seeing a different side of the club!

Congratulations to Paul and Hanna who have taken on the roles of Operations Manager and Food and Beverage Supervisor respectively.

Our Club Hub opens

We have officially opened our Club Hub! If you’re looking for a quiet place to work that isn’t at home, please feel free to use the Club Hub free of charge. If you’re a member you could pop to the gym, enjoy a class or have a swim to break up your working day. No need to book!

Christmas Events

Christmas and New Year’s Eve bookings are now available - for more information please see our website or contact Kerrie, our Events coordinator, at [email protected]

Group Exercise

We recently held our Les Mills Launch weekend which was very well received by the members, with our team of instructors teaching the new routines and everyone having a great time! We have some new afternoon classes available from 20th September as follows:

  • Monday 4.30-5pm HIIT with Lisa
  • Tuesday 3.30-4pm Fit & Fun with Faye
  • Tuesday 4.15-5pm Body Combat with Faye
  • Wednesday 4-4.30pm HIIT with Lisa
  • Thursday 4-4.55pm New to Yoga with Fay

Wellness Update

With only a few weeks until Christmas (believe it or not!), we organised a Personal Training Focus Day on Wednesday 15 th September, where our Personal Trainers were available to deliver 1-2-1 sessions in order to get you back on track ready for the festive season. If you are interested in Personal Training please speak to a member of the Wellness Team.

New Members Evenings

Our popular New Members Evenings will be starting up again towards the end of October, where you can meet the Benton Hall team, enjoy the surroundings and get to know some new people. Invites for this will be sent out closer to the time so keep an eye on your emails for updates.

Crèche Corner

It seems like a distant memory now but I hope you all had a lovely summer break. We had lots of fun activities here at the club from Activity Camps to an Animal Encounter, which our junior members enjoyed.

I hope you are all getting into the routine of back-to-school life and whether you are a seasoned pro or new to the school run routine, don’t forget an umbrella for the 3pm rain! Hopefully a full year of school and the gatherings this brings can run for the coming academic year ,with harvest festivals and assemblies back on the agenda.

We have a new kids’ timetable available with various fun classes for your children to try out from Junior Sing, Messy Art and Multi-sports see our website for more information.

A fresh start for your fitness

As we get back into a routine with work and school, many of us are looking to reboot a healthier lifestyle following a long summer of BBQs, holidays and summer celebrations.

Whether it’s overhauling your diet, getting more sleep or restarting a lapsed exercise programme, September and October are great months to review your lifestyle and ensure your goals are still relevant and achievable.

Here’s 5 reasons to make some changes this month:

The weather is still warm and the evenings are light

September usually still offers a good amount of sunny weather and daylight hours which helps you to feel energised – so there’s no excuse not to lace up those running shoes or head to that early gym session!

You can establish a routine

With a return to a regular routine you might well be able to commit to a more consistent diet and exercise regime where scheduling workouts is a simpler affair

Your diary frees up

For many people, the autumn means fewer social engagements in the calendar which in turn means less distractions (and excuses!) from your goals and more time to keep yourself motivated.

Christmas is just around the corner

You might not like to think about it just yet, but Christmas is just a few weeks’ away! Lots of people are eager to celebrate in style this year, so Christmas could be a great focus for achieving specific health and exercise goals – or the perfect way to reward yourself for staying on track!

Set yourself up for a better January

Before those New Year’s Resolutions roll around, get stuck into healthy habits now while the weather is mild and the evenings are lighter, and you’ll have more chance of sticking to your routine come January.

If you’re struggling to start or resume a healthier routine, a personal trainer could provide just the motivation and accountability you need. Speak to our Wellness Team at the club to discuss the best options for you and how to get started.

8 healthy recipes to try this autumn

Try out these healthy and nutritious recipes to get your diet on the right track this autumn. From soups to salads to stews, stay inspired with new recipes to try at home no matter what the weather.

Warm stilton salad

Autumn doesn’t have to mean saying goodbye to salads. There’s a huge range of hearty salads out there which don’t skimp on flavour or substance. Give this delicious stilton salad a try while the days are still mild.

Pork & apple stew with parsley & thyme dumplings

When the nights get cooler and a comforting meal is in order, pack in 3 of your 5 a day with this nourishing autumn stew seasoned with parsley and thyme.

Leek & butter bean soup with crispy kale and bacon

Soups are a great and satisfying way to eat more vegetables in one sitting, as well as being easy to prepare. Put a few portions in the freezer for easy access to a healthy dinner on those busy days.

Sesame salmon, purple sprouting broccoli & sweet potato mash

For a dinner rich in protein, omega-3 and antioxidants, look no further than this wholesome sesame salmon recipe. It couldn’t be easier to prepare, making it perfect for a mid-week family feast.

Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

This hearty veggie pie doesn’t compromise on flavour. Packed with vegetables and finished off with a zesty breadcrumbs, it’s the perfect answer to a chilly autumn evening.

Pumpkin soup

What better way to get into the Halloween spirit than with a warming bowl of pumpkin soup? This creamy and nutritious soup peppered with fennel seeds and chilli flakes will keep you full without compromising on flavour. If you can’t get your hands on a pumpkin, this recipe also works well with butternut squash or sweet potato.

Curried cod

Try this low-calorie cod recipe packed with iron with a chickpea base for a simple mid-week supper.

One-pot prawn and noodle stir fry

Prawns provide an excellent source of protein, vitamins and minerals. Give this easy prawn stir fry with leafy greens a go when you need a simple but nutritious supper.