All posts tagged: fitness

The Last Word – Tarik Francis

  In the July issue of SE22, local resident and business owner Tarik Francis had the last word.  See what he had to say:     How long have you lived in the area? I am a newbie to East Dulwich.  I was lucky enough to take over High Vibe Fitness Studio which has been keeping people healthy for 10 years, but I am a South Londoner born and breed. What brought you here? When I was looking for a place to call home East Dulwich was one of few places that ticked all the boxes; with the right business, strong community and a huge amount of diversity.  I am very happy to have made that decision. What has changed most during that time? During these unpresented times it has been great to see what I thought was a strong community become even stronger with all local business and people pulling together. With great acts of unselfishness from heroes such as one of our High Vibe Tribe members Victoria #saveeastdulwich. The most famous person you’ve seen or …

East Dulwich’s Hidden Gem

Ever thought about taking up golf or played in the past and tempted to play again? For many ladies, joining a golf club can be intimidating or it feels too expensive or time consuming. Fiona Nott, Lady Captain at the Aquarius Golf Club, shares her experience on the welcome she received as a beginner and how golf has opened up new friendships. I always wanted to take up golf, but thought it would be really intimidating to join a golf club and with a full time job, where I travel regularly, I never thought I would have the time to dedicate to it. I set myself the challenge of playing my first round of golf before my 50th birthday, which I achieved with just two days to spare! Fast forward four years later and I became Lady Captain in March this year having joined the Aquarius only four years ago. I have met so many lovely people during those four years and my experience is one of welcome, informality and friendship – words I didn’t …

Charity Fundraising Video

Like most of us, local personal trainer Holly Russo has found the lockdown difficult, but she decided to do something quite different! I was inspired to create this charity fundraising video after watching another lockdown fight game created by some of the most successful Hollywood actresses. I decided to choose Mind charity as I have seen how mental health affects people first hand, including losing my uncle to suicide. This has been a very tough time with lockdown and people will need as much care and support as possible in moving forward with their lives. I am a local girl born and raised in Forest Hill and am also an actress and trainee stuntwoman. If you would like to help Holly, please watch her video and you can donate to her JustGiving page here. Follow Holly on Instagram.

Marathon Update

  We are delighted to bring an update from the runners from Dulwich who completed their own marathon last week.  Tom Fender tell us more.     We set off at 8am on Saturday morning.  The weather was warm but it was a bit cloudy – this made running conditions perfect.  No wind or rain.  Susie had missed five weeks of running due to an achillies injury in the run up to Saturday which we all had in the back of our minds….but thankfully, her achillies held out brilliantly. We ran as a group the whole way round.  We had loads of friends and family support us on the route – including Leo Fender being our ‘outrider’ for the whole route.  Friends and family set up water / drinks/snack stations every 6-7km on average which was a godsend as 26 miles is quite a long way to go without refreshments and fuel/energy. Our route took us from Brockwell Park/Herne Hill to Brixton, Clapham, back to Herne Hill, Loughborough Junction, Camberwell, Kings College Hospital, Denmark Hill, …

The Importance Of Taking Regular Breaks

I’m very lucky. I have an outdoor studio and once I have finished writing this article, I will get myself ready to take a break out there. I’ll actually lie down on my mat, I’ll get my bolster out and I’ll use my lovely lavender eye cushion. Ready to take a short break. And the reason I do this is it improves creativity, it improves focus, it improves productivity. I see me getting better value from the work I do by taking regular breaks, and it is not just me, it is not just anecdotal evidence. The Benefits Of Short Breaks Some of us are still in lockdown and working from home. Work and private live can blur together into one long day for some of us. In those circumstances, taking regular breaks can be a game changer. As I mentioned briefly above, this is not just anecdotal. There have been lots of studies around the benefits of taking regular breaks. There is a 2011 study that I was reading earlier, from the University of …