Thursday, 1 October 2015

October newsletter

Hi Everyone
Welcome to our October newsletter.

Tuesdays Aughton village hall 10am
(full at the moment)
Wednesdays (older adult) 2pm Maghull Health Studios
NEW additional class 3pm
First class at Maghull is free

Tuesdays  11.15am Aughton Village Hall
Thursdays 9.30am Maghull Methodist Church

Zumba Gold
Mondays – Hightown St Stephen’s church Hall 9.30am
Thursdays – The Feelgood Factory Netherton 11.15am

50+ Aerobics
Fridays 9.45 Aughton Village Hall
Wednesdays 9.30 and 10.15 am Netherton Feelgood Factory

Fridays 11.15am Feelgood Factory Netherton

50+ toning
Thursdays 12.30 pm Maghull Health Studios

New LBT class at Maghull
Maghull  Methodist Church
After Zumba
NEW15 -minutes of Legs Bums and Tums exercises
Pay as you go £1.00

Macmillan Coffee morning
A massive thanks to everyone who contributed to the Aughton Village Hall coffee morning for Macmillan. The event raised almost £700 thank you so much.

New feature - Muscle of the month
October – The Hamstrings
The Hamstrings ( in simple terms)are a group of muscles in the back of the thigh
They are responsible for bending your knee ( like kicking your heel towards your bottom)
Hamstrings can get tight and it’s essential to keep them strong and flexible as tight hamstrings can contribute to lower back pain.
Exercises you can do such as hamstring curls or donkey kicks are great for hamstrings. Our hamstring stretch that we perform in class is a great exercise for improving flexibility in this muscle group.

Butternut squash & bacon soup

Perfect for a rainy day to warm you through or even for Halloween or Bonfire night!
Serves 3
Preparation time: 30 mins
Cooking time: up to 1 hour


  • 1 medium butternut squash
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 200g pancetta cubetti (bacon chopped)
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 1ltr hot vegetable stock
  • Salt & pepper, to taste


  1. Peel the butternut squash, slice in half, remove the seeds and chop the butternut into smallish chunks.
  2. Heat 1tbsp of the olive oil in a large pan, add the pancetta cubetti and cook for 5 minutes until lightly crisp.
  3. Then remove from the pan and leave to one side.
  4. In the same pan, add the last tbsp of the olive oil and fry the onion over a low heat for 4-5 minutes until soft.
  5. Then add the garlic and butternut squash and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  6. Pour in the hot stock and simmer for about 20-25 minutes until the butternut squash is soft.
  7. Add the pancetta cubetti (saving some for decoration).
  8. Blend the soup until smooth return to the pan and season with salt and pepper.
  9. Serve with the remaining bacon bits.

Eat seasonal
Eating seasonally is a good way to get many vitamins and minerals into your diet.
You can easily find out what’s in season by checking online.
October is a great month to eat Broccoli
Broccoli is a great source of Vitamin C A and K
It also contains folates and an 80g serving gives you one of your 5 a day.
Its very versatile and can be eaten raw, boiled and added to soups curries stir fries

New E mail course – make a food swop!
I have started to send out some e mails to encourage you to make a food swop. I hope those of you who are on my mailing list enjoy. For those of you who are not on the list, Please feel free to pick up a free copy at class.
NEW The A TO Z of nutrition
The alcohol content of drinks is measured in ‘units’. Each unit is equivalent to around 10mls or 8g of pure alcohol (ethanol). This could be: half a pint of beer/lager/cider, a pub measure of spirit or half a glass of wine.
The Department of Health advises that men should drink no more than 3-4 units of alcohol per day and women should drink no more than 2-3 units of alcohol per day. It is advisable to have alcohol free days in between to allow your body to recover.
Benefits of cutting down on alcohol are:
  • Improved mood
  • Improved sleep
  • Behaviour -
  • Improved health (reference Future Fit nutrition hub)

Team up with Maghull Health Studies
I have teamed up with Maghull Health Studios in Sefton Lane, in Maghull to offer an older adult fitness class  timetable from Monday to Friday in different venues around the a local area.
Please check out the timetable below.

9.30am – Zumba Gold Hightown
10am Pilates (check for availability) Aughton Village Hall
9.30 or 10.15  Aerobics  -Netherton Feelgood Factory
2pm Pilates – Maghull Health Studios
3pm Beginners Pilates - Maghull Health Studios
11.15am Zumba Gold – Netherton Feelgood Factory
12.30pm Body Tone – Maghull Health Studios
9.45am  Aerobic and Tone to sounds of the 60’s – Aughton Village hall
Zumba Gold Toning Netherton Feelgood Factory

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream!
Nicky x

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