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Join us on Thursday December 3rd to celebrate International Day for persons with disabilities.


We will be offering free taster sessions for both able bodied and disabled persons in Boccia between 3-5pm and Wheelchair Basketball between 3-4:30pm.

All ages are welcome and there is no need to pre-book.

See you all there.

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imagesThe LC are proud to be part of the RunSwansea initiative set up by HMT Sancta Maria in partnership with the JCP Half Marathon, 360 Beach and Watersports cafe and Park Run.

RunSwansea is a new health promotion initiative aimed at runners of all ages and abilities, including those who have never even put on a pair of trainers. Events are being planned for the next 12 months.

All the events are FREE with the first event being held on Tuesday 8th December here at the LC. The first seminar will feature a talk from broadcaster and Director of Athletics at Cardiff Met, James Thie.

Spaces are limited and available on a first come first served basis so call us on 01792 466500 to book your space.


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I am a woman in my early forties and although I have kept my weight stable my muscle tone has changed dramatically – my arms and legs have lost their muscle mass and I’ve noticed a real difference in my body shape. Is this normal?

Muscle mass does decrease as you hit your forties and as you progress through the decade milestones. It can have a real affect on your overall body shape and on your confidence – but you can stop those changes and regain your muscle mass to a large extent.

Now is the time to cut back on your cardio work and to incorporate more weight and resistance work into your fitness routine. A dedicated programme of weight work will help your body regain muscle mass and you can target the areas you are concerned about. Using weights and resistance will have a good effect on your joints, your strength and your done density too and it will help you achieve a sculpted look. Try to increase the amount of protein you eat too. That will give your muscles the fuel they need to grow.

If you aren’t used to using weights, build them up up slowly – but you will be surprised how quickly those visible results come. I would recommend talking to one of the LC fitness instructors at the gym so they can help you draw up a fitness plan tailored to your needs. 

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I find it hard to stay motivated in the gym once cold weather and darker evenings are here – the temptation to veg out is too strong. How can I change my mindset?

There is something about the colder weather that can make us want to hibernate in a warm house and let the fitness levels slide. But if you are regular gym user then you know how good exercise makes you feel, so resolve to get your feel-good chemicals from exercise, not from a cup of cocoa and a roaring fire!

You might find it helpful to reschedule your fitness session to early in the day. That way you are making the most of lighter mornings and you are setting yourself up to get the feel-good benefits from your morning session throughout the day. The LC runs spin, bootcamp, circuits and bodypump sessions early in the mornings – all great for getting the blood circulating.

Team up with a gym buddy so you can encourage each other and you can compare your progress. And, alongside your dedicated exercise sessions, try to enjoy the seasonal benefits that come with the autumn and winter months. You might not be willing or able to go sea-swimming or to play beach volleyball but a long hike in the woods and hills is a pleasure at this time of year. Similarly, a walk in a wintry beach is a calming joy – as long as you wrap up well.


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Once Christmas food starts appearing in the shops my willpower goes out the window. Is it OK to relax the diet a bit during holiday season?

I’m sure we all know the answer to this one! Why undermine any good work you have done so far by over-indulging at Christmas?

It is harder when sugar-laden foods are everywhere, but stay focused on your goals and your achievements so far and remind yourself every day why losing weight and getting fitter is important to you. Remind yourself too how good you feel when you discover you have lost a pound. I’m sure you get more of a kick from that than you do from eating a chocolate.

I wish someone would market an advent calendar where you could unveil your health and fitness achievements in the 12 days of Christmas!

Resolve not to buy any Christmas food or alcohol until mid-December, ask your family and friends not to give you foodie gifts, schedule exercise sessions in throughout the holidays and start looking now for healthy Christmas recipes you can try out during the holiday season so you feel you are eating something new and exciting – but not laden with calories. 



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