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We have a wide range of articles about fitness, health and events at Active.

Read one of our many articles below by clicking on the title and after you have finished, let us know what you think by submitting a comment. What fitness techniques have you tried that have worked or failed? Is there a new kind of fitness class that we don't currently provide? What more could we do to help you achieve a healthy lifestyle?

We will be uploading more articles regularly so please keep an eye on this page, and we hope to hear from you soon!

The benefits of standing

In today's digital world sitting for hours has become part of our modern lifestyle. The problem is our bodies aren't designed to sit for hours. Our bodies are built for standing. Sitting for long periods has been shown to damage health, and is linked to a greater risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

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Last year a study of 2,000 people by the Medical College of Wisconsin found that sitting for most of the day increases fatty deposits in the arteries, regardless of how much exercise was taken.

Standing for just 5-10% of your day can keep you healthier, happier and more productive. But in today's modern world, many of us are required to remain at a desk for long hours.  So if you need to move, why shouldn't your desk move with you? 

Adjustable height desks allow the user to select a working position that is ideal for their body with the freedom to sit or stand throughout the day. This allows management to easily adapt a desk to a wide variety of people instead of trying to adapt a diverse workforce to one or two fixed desk configurations. 

Employees who alternate between a sitting and standing positions will have more energy, experience reduced fatigue levels, and reduce their risk of injury caused by working in one body position too long.

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Pictured here are Sara Montalvao, Active Team Supervisor & Steven Hendrie, Duty Officer

Height adjustable desks benefit the customer too, creating a less formal environment (ideal for health and fitness clubs), helping to break down the barrier between customer and service agent that a traditional desk creates.

Discover the benefits for yourself, visit the team in the Active office at Fort Regent and see the benefits this type of desk can bring.

Written by Colin Stanier at 00:00
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Active Class Updates - September 2015

FORT REGENT

PLEASE NOTE:There maybe other class timetable amendments not listed here, so please
CLICK THIS LINK TO SEARCH THE CLASS TIMETABLES to check your class. 

  • Thursday evening Zumba with Nat is at the new time of 7pm - 8pm in the Piazza Activity Area.

  • "FitSteps" with Julie returns on Sunday mornings at 10:30am.

This energetic, upbeat dance class is inspired by Strictly Come Dancing.
The dance workout mixes the graceful steps of Ballroom and the up-tempo steps of Latin dances to create fun-filled classes to get you fit. No need for a partner!
So, go on, get into the Strictly fever! 


Nat will be taking a break from 5th - 20th September. While she is away classes will be covered as follows:

  • Tuesday evening Zumba on 8th and 15th September with Colin
  • Thursday evening Zumba on 10th and 17th September with Claudia
  • Friday evening Bokwa on 11th and 18th September - cancelled.  Class will resume Friday 25th September.

BODYATTACK will be replaced by BODYCOMBAT on the following dates:

  • Saturday 5th September
  • Monday 7th September
  • Wednesday 9th September and 16th September

 LES QUENNEVAIS

  • Monday and Thursday afternoons at 4.45pm - 5.30pm, Teen Spinning for 12 - 15 year olds returns with Sue.
     
  • Monday 9.30am - 10.15am Power Pilates is in the Studio with instructor Fiona.
     
  • Tuesday 10.15am - 11am Zumba with instructor Colin
     
  • Wednesday 6pm - 6.45pm Spinning is with instructor Emmi
     
  • Wednesday 7.30pm - 8.30pm Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Paul Clements resumes on 30th September
     
  • Thursday 8.30am - 9.15am NEW Spinning class with Vicky
     
  • Thursday 10.30am Muscle Pump class is for 1 hour, not 45 minutes as displayed on the printed class timetable available at centre reception.
     
  • Saturday 9.30am - 10.15am Shape and Tone with instructor Katrina
     
  • Saturday at 10.15am - 11am Yogalates to be replaced by Zumba with Katrina
     
  • Sunday morning Zumba has been moved to Saturday morning.

 

Written by Colin Stanier at 09:00

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Klikaklu has arrived at Fort Regent!

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Klikaklu is an iPhone/iPad scavenger hunt game - it's free to download and play and at Fort Regent we are busy making a range of hunts to get you outdoors and round the fort, exploring areas you might not even know existed.  Our first game is aimed at children and is even accessible if your child cannot yet read as all the clues have pictures reminders to help your child recall what they are looking for.  The hunt has been devised to encourage children to think about size, colour, shape and texture and children can capture what they see on your iPhone or iPad which you can then share on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or even print them out when you have finished the hunt.

Klikaklu is available free from the Apple app store, unfortunately there is no Android version of the app just yet so we are investigating android alternatives and hope to bring the same hunt to those users shortly.

To play Klikaklu, look for the poster on the wall of the café in the Piazza, or ask at reception for a leaflet. Alternatively you can find the link and all the hunts on our Pinterest page here so you can download the game before you arrive.

Written by Colin Stanier at 12:00

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SPORTS CENTRE OPENING TIMES OVER THE MAY BANK HOLIDAYS

Sports Centre opening times over May bank holidays Monday 4th May and Monday 25th May:

Fort Regent and Les Quennevais will be open from 9.00am - 5.00pm. Springfield will be closed. The Active membership offices will be closed.

Sports Centres will be open during normal operating hours at weekends including Liberation Day, Saturday 9th May.

Active membership offices open on Saturday mornings from 9am - 1pm but are closed on Sundays and bank holidays.

The Active office at Les Quennevais will be closed on Saturday 23rd May.

Written by Colin Stanier at 14:00

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47% Increase in active.je traffic

Over 91,000 visits to the website in 2013 went to the class timetables page, which is an increase of 33% since 2012.  This page is regularly updated.

Throughout 2013 Active.je has seen a significant increase of 47% in visitor numbers.

These results were due to Increasing awareness about the service the website offers, in terms of class times and contact information, and the continued habitual use by Active's regular customers.

A total increase of 87% has been realized to Active's venue pages where Fort Regent, Les Quennevais & Springfield sports centres can be selected for information relevant to each particular centre. The largest increase was to the Fort Regent page which has seen an increase of 117% in traffic since 2012. The Les Quennevais and Springfield pages have also seen an increase of 64% and 66% respectively.

The success of Active's marketing effort is indicated by the fact that 46% of visitors went directly to the website in 2013. This demonstrates an increase not only in brand awareness, but that Active customer's view the site as a central point of information for class times and facilities. This is a 15% increase since 2012.

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The number of visits to the website using mobile devices is the most notable increase (113% increase since 2012) in traffic, and accounts for a total of 37% of visits to the website  in 2013. This demonstrates a desire from customers to access information about Active while on the move, particularly the centre opening times and class timetables.

Responding to this directive from its customer base, Active will begin to make steps towards developing the website to be 'responsive' in 2014.

The benefits of a 'responsive' website is that it adjusts to the size of the device it is being viewed on, from mobile phone to large desktop display, therefore making the information on the website more accessible from any device with an internet connection.

"It has always been our intention to increase communication with our members via online media, but the growth we are seeing has been remarkable", said Barclay Harvey, ESC-Sports Division Manager.

"We will be continuing to develop our online strategy, providing our customers with up to the minute class timetables and other sport and venue information that they can view anywhere anytime on any device," Mr Harvey added.

Written by Colin Stanier at 00:00

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