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6 Ways To Get Excited About Healthy Eating

Sometimes when people talk about eating healthy, it’s hard to picture it as anything other than snacking on celery and eating plain salads. But realistically, healthy eating can be an extremely fun way of experimenting with new ingredients and recipes that are good for you. At the end of the day, eating healthy isn’t about the fad diets, it’s about making better choices with the food.

So, to help you get excited about eating healthier, we have put some tips together which will help you in your journey to a healthier diet.

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20 Questions: Penny Weston (Founder)

Director of Moddershall Oaks Country Spa Retreat and brainchild of MADE, Penny Weston is an inspiration to us all. Self-motivated with a relentless drive to achieve, Penny is constantly pushing the boundaries to achieve the very best out of herself, her staff and her business.

Behind the scenes, in Penny’s personal life, health problems led Penny to become invested in learning about nutrition and fitness. What started initially as a side business in healthy, brightly coloured, sugar-free treats soon became a successful and fruitful business plan; MADE.

How did she get here? We caught up with Penny to discuss all things MADE.

  1. Were you always health conscious?
    I never used to be healthy. In fact, quite the opposite. I ate really badly in my teens and twenties and I wasn’t active at all either.
  2. What made you change your approach to health?
    My lifestyle and unhealthy relationship with food had so many negative effects. I had dull skin, dark circles, tiredness, bloating and terrible cramps. My fight with asthma was a big drive to becoming healthier. I first went to a circuits class with a friend and quickly fell in love with fitness and health. Soon, I saw my body change, my skin got brighter and I was feeling great.

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We've got it MADE!

Huge excitement here at Moddershall Oaks with the launch of our innovative new wellness centre, MADE, last month.  A collaboration which sees top experts in wellbeing working together to create an inclusive bespoke and boutique fitness and wellness facility.

An integral part of our stunning new concept is our state-of-the-art fitness offering, set amidst the stunning backdrop of the Staffordshire countryside.  What more could you ask for as inspiration or motivation to create a happier, healthier lifestyle.

The centre offers a wide range of fun classes and activities all in the name of exercise, with four bespoke workout zones to suit all levels.

The Boutique Fitness Gym is a stylish surrounding for your machine-based training, packed with a large range of custom-made black fitness equipment.

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Great British Entrepreneurial Awards 2018

It has just been announced that Midlands based Penny Weston of Moddershall Oaks and Welcome to MADE has been shortlisted for the 2018 NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards in the Entrepreneurial Spirit of the Year award.

Penny Weston beat off some tough competition in order to make the regional shortlist, with a record number of businesses entering the awards nationally across the wide range of categories.

Now in its sixth year, the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards has celebrated some amazing entrepreneurs over the years, many of whom are now household names. Past winners include David Buttress of Just Eat, Julie Deane OBE of The Cambridge Satchel Company, James Watt of BrewDog and most recently, Hannah and Sophie Pycroft of Spectrum Collections.

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Time to Rise & Shine - The MADE Way

Exercising first thing in the morning is not only a great way to boost your fitness, it’s the perfect time to reap the most health benefits. That’s why here at MADE, we believe in getting the most out of the day with a range of early classes, both indoors and out, to really help you get the best possible start.

When you make exercise part of your morning routine you’re less likely skip it and let other things get in the way. Even if you struggle to wake up at first, getting up and getting moving, in whatever way you choose, will leave you feeling revitalised and ready for the day. From a gentle yoga practice, with sun salutations to wake up those muscles; to a high energy work out to kickstart your metabolism and get that circulation going, at Fitness at MADE it’s always a good morning to exercise.

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Isometric Movement 101

Did you know you can strengthen and tone your body without even moving a muscle? It’s called isometric movement and it’s an easy and effective way to help stay in shape. Even better, it can be done anywhere and without any equipment.

When you do this type of exercise, you tense your muscles but they don’t actually move. They create muscle tension in a static position rather than being dynamic through movement. For example, pressing your hands together as if in prayer and holding for 10 seconds is an isometric exercise.  You’ll feel tension in your chest and arms and yet your arms haven’t moved.

At MADE we incorporate isometric exercises into many of our fitness classes. Here are our top three for you to try either here in the gym or at home…

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The secret to being happier is…

Whilst there are many things that can make us temporarily happy, it turns out (and is scientifically proven!) that being part of a community can actually make you happier!

At MADE, we are driven by our community aspect and love bringing like-minded people together whilst helping them to transform their lives!

Here are a few reasons as to why we focus so much on creating a community at MADE:

  1. If you are someone who feels a little insecure about themselves or maybe gets anxious in social situations, going to the gym on your own can be daunting! Knowing that you will be in a class with other people in the same situation as you, who are all there for the same reasons can give a sense of comfort and make the experience less intimidating!

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