Looking for the One?

Looking for the one?

Make sure you do plenty of physical activity. Lose weight. Improve your health.

Easier said than done right?

For many of us, fitness and exercise is a love/hate relationship! We know we should be doing it, but we just don’t like it! You may drag yourself to the gym for a few weeks, but having those early morning battles with ourselves about whether we should or shouldn’t go, eventually means we surrender to the lure of 10 extra minutes with the duvet and the promise of ‘I’ll go tomorrow’… which of course never comes!

Is it possible to find your perfect (fitness) match? Well, I can’t make any guarantees that love will blossom, but I can sure try to help fix you up! What’s your fitness dating profile?

Looking for something mean and lean!

The gym could be your perfect partner! Especially, If you like to lift things, are pretty self-motivated and like to workout with just you and your headphones, sounds like this is a possibility! The gym is a great place to increase your weight lifting capability – and yes weights are for women too, no ‘bulkiness’ will occur! You can also workout whatever the weather. If you’ve never been before there will be someone to advise you and show you the equipment. I would always advise that you have an induction. If you’re not a lone fittie, then rally your mates or partner to go too for extra motivation and less temptation to bury your head when the alarm goes off!

Family friendly is the one I long for!

Got children and find it hard to get time to workout? Pick something you can all do together – bike rides, walks, even heading down to the park and playing ball games counts! Go to the woods or different locations for walks if you can to keep the children interested. Walks can become a fun activity like a bug hunt or bark rubbings. If you can afford it trampoline parks and obstacle courses are great activities and of course, swimming is loved by most children. Keeping your children fit and healthy is a great incentive.

Not looking for long-term commitment!

If you are looking for something cheap and cheerful or you don’t like to or can’t commit to gym memberships, then walking is a great exercise. It’s easy to do, free and you can fit it in whenever you can, even if it’s 10 minutes around the block at lunchtime. Walking is also great if you are unable to do a more vigourous activity or are just starting your fitness journey. Use the time to be mindful of what is around you and try to allow your brain to switch off from the day to day clutter. You’ll feel mentally better too!

Looking to meet new people!

Fitness classes are a great option if you want to exercise alongside others or go with a group of friends. There is so much choice out there now that you’d be hard-pressed not to find something you enjoy! There really is something for everyone! Many classes will be suitable for you whatever your fitness level, so don’t worry if you haven’t done it before. There’s dance-based classes, bootcamps, boxing style workouts, over 50s classes, yoga… the list goes on. Social media is a great way to find classes in your area.

I want someone to spend quality time with!

Personal training could be the answer if you want a more dedicated approach and 1-2-1 time with an instructor. They will be able to talk to you about your fitness goals and provide you with an individual plan, ensure you are performing the exercises correctly and keep you motivated.

Cosy nights in, please!

There is a huge amount of choice out there in the big, wide world we call the internet! Fitness is no exception with video streaming sites providing opportunities to exercise in the comfort of our own homes and also to try different things without any financial commitment. If you’ve got the self-discipline to workout at home this could be your answer.

Try a few and find your perfect match!


Stay Healthy,

Leanne x

The team here at Educational Life would just like to take a minute to congratulate Leanne.

All of her hard work and dedication to supporting our community through her classes, knowledge, and columns (the list is actually endless! This lady is relentless!) has come to the attention of the Kent Health & Beauty Awards and we’re delighted that Leanne is a Finalist!

We cannot think of a more deserving person for such an accolade and have our fingers crossed for awards night – you deserve to be celebrated!

Thank you for everything you do for us and our readers, Leanne. You really do make a difference.




Health, Wellbeing & Food Champion

I started working in the fitness industry over 15 years ago and have since developed even more of a love for all things health and wellness. I have trained to be an NHS Food Champion, which basically means I can help people find a healthier way to eat and have also completed another Level 3 nutrition qualification. I am qualified in Children’s fitness and a Stop Smoking Advisor. I also have experience in motivational coaching. My mission is to help people find a fun way to get fit and sift through all the madness to help find a more balanced approach to healthy living, both mental and physical. When I’m not thinking about health I can probably be found reading and trying not to eat Nutella from the jar!

If you’re interested in trying any of Leanne’s community fitness classes your first session is always free. Please visit her Facebook page for more information.