Common Challenges

"I don't have time to exercise or attend yoga classes"

This is the most common reason say they aren't able to begin or keep a consistent training regime, or create time and space to practice yoga.

The fact is, we all have 24 hours in every day, and it's up to you whether exercise is a priority. If your health and fitness is a top priority, finding 5-10 hours per week out of 168 hours available is achievable.

Ask yourself seriously, do you have time to...

- Improve your overall health and wellbeing
- Create a better quality of life for yourself,
- Improve strength, flexibility and gain confidence
- Become less stressed,
- Be more mindful, and
- Experience the beauty of life?

If you answered 'yes', then personal training and yoga will only enhance the time you spend on this earth.

"I can’t afford it"

You can’t afford not to!

Your health is your wealth, not how much money you make or have. We can always make more money, but not time.
Again, it's about prioritising what matters to you, and what will make the biggest difference in your life.

There are plenty of low-cost and even free workout videos available on the internet, which can supplement an established fitness routine. I will caution, however, that it's important to have a qualified and experienced professional to guide you, especially if you are starting your fitness regime.

"It's so hard to exercise, and I lose motivation quickly"

Focusing on the benefits you receive from participating in physical activity, rather than thinking of it as something you 'should' or 'have to' do, is key to maintaining long-term consistency and benefits. Shifting your mindset is key.

If exercise was sold as a pill, it would be the biggest selling drug on the planet due to the benefits it delivers, including;·        

- Mood enhancement
- Aiding weight management
- Lowers blood pressure
- Increases muscular, skeletal and cardiovascular health
- Sharpens cognitive activity
- Reduces the risk of heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and everyday aliments like colds and flus
- Reduces anxiety and depression
- Makes for better functioning human beings, enabling us to give more and be more productive.

Exercising, in whatever capacity you can, is a privilege and not a chore.

"I have a medical condition that limits my abilities"

Whether you have an injury, disability or medical condition that limits or alters your ability to exercise, it's possible to create an environment that is suitable for you to engage in physical activity.

The same applies if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or recovering from surgery.

Checking with your doctor or specialist is a must, to ensure you are cleared to exercise and so your trainer can adjust your regime accordingly.

"I'm too old"

This is absolutely not true, and it's possible for every person to develop a health and fitness routine if they so desire. Making small changes consistently over time will aid in overall health and wellbeing, particularly as you age.

You are never too old to start. I'm in my mid 60's and have never been fitter.

"I’m no good in a gym"

You are as good as you want to be, and certainly good enough.

An experienced personal trainer can tailor a specific fitness program for your needs, no matter your experience.

"I don't understand the point of meditating"

If you have never meditated before, you may not know what to expect. There is plenty of information about the different types of meditation, and many apps available to guide you. Whether you're a beginner or experienced in meditating, you can benefit straight away - even from just a couple of minutes.

At first, it may seem scary, or you may wonder 'what's the point?' I also often hear, "My mind is too busy to meditate."
However, this is the exact reason why meditation is so beneficial, including yoga practices.

The more you practice, the more you will understand, and the greater benefits you will receive.

Training, Yoga & Nutrition

How often should I train?

Depending on your abilities and where you're at in your fitness journey, I would suggest anywhere between 5–10 hours each week of varied exercise.

A balanced regime may include resistance training (2 x 45 mins per week), cardio-vascular exercise (daily for 30+ minutes; including brisk walking, jogging, cycling, swimming, etc.) and flexibility routines such as yoga.

Engaging in regular physical activity is a lifestyle and health choice, and should be maintained consistently for the rest of your life.

Is it ok to practice yoga if when I am pregnant?

Yoga is a safe and recommended for pregnancy. It can actually aide with preparing you for the delivery.

Just tell the teacher what trimester you are in, and if you have any specific concerns.

Do I need yoga experience before attending a class?

All our classes are suitable for beginners, we generally have an older age group of clients with limited experience.

If you're thinking “I can't do yoga, I’m not flexible enough”, this is simply the reason why you should practice yoga. The reason we practice (it's always a 'practice', never a 'perfect') is because we don’t know how to do yoga and we aren’t flexible! It’s like saying “I’m too unfit to exercise.”

Do what you can. That’s what we all do. It's called a yoga 'practice' for a reason.

Is there anything I need to bring to yoga?

Bring a drink bottle, and a sweat towel if you wish.

I encourage you to have your own mat but we do have mats at the studio that you can use if you do not own one.

What should I wear?

Light, comfortable and unrestricted clothes are recommended for any training activity. You may also wish to wear socks, and bring something warm if you are attending our Yin Yoga class for Yoga Nidra at the end of the class.

What sort of diet should I be on?

That depends on you and your individual requirements.

At NewU, we will help you to discover what will work best for you in line with your goals (reduce fat, increase muscle, gain weight, elite training, etc).