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An Enterprising Team in 2014!

January 29, 2014 in Community Issues, Education, Events, News, Opportunities, Regular Updates, Uncategorized, Website Updates

Welcome to 2014! We hope it’s looking like a positive year so far and that all our Visitors, Members, Followers and Likers have had a wonderful Christmas and New Year, for those who celebrate these festivities. Here’s what we’ve been up to:

Late last year, we started a project with The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy based at The Sheffield College. We created the project for a group of students to work on that would be beneficial to the business and help them build skills instrumental to daily business management. So, since a lot of what we do is effectively marketing and promoting our lovely members, what better project to share than one of a marketing nature? 

The team were tasked initially with getting the FunMeFit name out there and helping FunMeFit get more members. We looked at ways to effectively attract more businesses to our new directory and the students were forthcoming with their research and marketing ideas. Their findings and suggestions lead to a number of changes to the FunMeFit website that visitors and members can expect to see in the coming weeks. We’ll also be promoting FunMeFit as a directory in 2014 and hopefully, our members will go on to recommend us to friends, family and colleagues so that we can grow as a network encouraging health, well-being and fitness in the community.

students from college

Ben, Aaron, Kate (FunMeFit) and Jhuma from The Sheffield College.

 

The team’s role has now developed into helping FunMeFit with a specific marketing avenue – a charity fundraiser. We hope that this will be a great way for them to learn about how businesses can really get involved in the community but also how fundraisers can be used to raise awareness for businesses too. We’ve already been proud to help many businesses, organisations and charities with fundraising efforts and last year, FunMeFit was thrilled to raise over £300 for the Sheffield branch of The Sick Children’s Trust. We also helped other charities with their fundraising and awareness raising.

SCT branching out

So this year, we look forward to continuing our positive community work and growing as a network and a business. We hope our members can share our work with others and we welcome our newest members to the community.

Useful Links:

The FunMeFit Business Directory

The Sheffield College

The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy

For charity fundraising marketing materials – Foster & Scott (Sheffield-based print & digital designers)

 

 

Special Offer! 6 Months FREE Advertising for Premium Members

October 24, 2013 in Latest Articles, News, Opportunities, Regular Updates, Uncategorized

We don’t do offers very often but it’s come to our attention that many of our member businesses and businesses who are not members yet could do with a little extra promotional help to reach their audience and attract new clients/customers. So we thought we’d help and get some support back for what we do too!

FunMeFit is offering businesses that fall within our Directory categories a free 6 month ad on our directory – that’s one of the advert boxes that currently floats around our directory’s main page – when you upgrade your Business Listing to the Premium Listing at £50 per year. Our rates are already very low but we have to charge for this services so we can keep on running.

Extra Features for Premium Listed Businesses:

You can see what great features the Premium Listing includes here: http://www.funmefit.com/directory/join but we’ll tell you anyway!

– A gallery

– A full profile page

– An offers feed

– Your own contributors blog

 

As an extra incentive, and because we like to say thanks for your support, we’ll also throw in:

– Regular promotion across social media – Twitter & Facebook

– The option to let us help you get listed on other directories and forums

– Help with writing a great profile page!

The Advert

The advert will be placed on our directory main page where other businesses and the public can view it for free. These are the sizes available for advertising:

Small Sidebar – 218×220
Large Sidebar – 218×350

Send us your artwork when you’ve taken out the premium listing. If you don’t have any artwork, our website designers will happily give you a hand for a small fee www.fosterandscott.com

 

Terms & conditions

Offer is subject to availability. Offer ends 30th November 2013. We have the right to refuse any submission if it does not meet with our policy/disclaimer. Please contact info@funmefit.com for more information! Thanks.

Climbing for Business in the Community

February 27, 2013 in Regular Updates

Fun Me Fit teamed up with Sheffield-based Eclipse IPD Ltd on Tuesday 17th February to organise a community networking event with a difference

Creating Confident Communities was aimed at individuals, businesses and organisations in Sheffield who want to help improve their community by encouraging more people to get active, develop skills and work together. The event at The Foundry Climbing Centre in Sheffield was a great success with a number of business owners and community workers coming together and swapping suits for active wear for an early morning of climbing, coffee and a good chat.

Kate, Founder of FunMeFit says: “It was a great morning. The fact that it was fun and not formal was the best part. I think it really helps break the ice with others who you may not know when you’re laughing about trying to fit your climbing harness. I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone who came and for the feedback that we received, it was all very positive so we hope to make it a quarterly event.”

If you’d like to attend future events organised by Eclipse IPD and Fun Me Fit, please inform us of your interest by going to our contact page. In the meantime, here are a few pictures to show you how fun it can be to combine networking and something active!

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12 Reasons to Love a Park Bench

February 18, 2013 in Medicine, Regular Updates, Uncategorized

Guest Blog by our member Nancercize:

Just the other day, someone asked me how I thought of the idea to use park benches as exercise equipment. There’s no simple answer, but clearly a starting point was my desire to help as many people as possible get more active in fun ways.  

jumping fun over a park bench

Although I’m a certified personal trainer and group exercise instructor, with my livelihood depending on paying clients, I love saving money and using my imagination to make the most out of very little. I  encourage others to do so, too. (Must be my Dutch and German heritage!) As a public health professional, I’ve learned how difficult it is for many people to find the time to be more active–often money is an issue, and time as well, with parents especially feeling torn  between spending time on their own health and being with their families. Often, adults are advised to just walk a lot to satisfy their fitness requirements.  But after a while, just walking can get a tad boring… and it doesn’t begin to satisfy our need to strengthen our midriffs and upper bodies!

Sound  familiar? Miraculously, a simple park bench can help us get over all these fitness humps.

In my eight years of providing outdoor fitness programs in New York City Parks, I’ve discovered that many people who say they don’t like to exercise actually don’t like exercising in an indoor gym or health club. But almost everyone loves escaping the stuffy indoors for the fresh air and freedom of being out in a park. And once you’re there, you can take advantage of the park’s secret supply of exercise equipment–benches being my favorite in addition to walls, railings, curbs, and so on.

At a loss for ideas? No worries. I’ve created a free motivational 14-minute video that shows you how to use a park bench for strengthening exercisers such as push ups, dips, and leg lifts, as well as stretches that feel delicious. They’re all based on good old-fashioned calisthenics and yoga, with a little dance, pilates, and martial arts thrown in for variety. And, if you’d like detailed instructions for the exercises, they’re all in my book, “Nancercize: 101 Things to Do on a Park Bench.” The great news is that kids love these exercises too–a local mom told me her toddler knows every one of them, and plays the video everyday!

Here are 12 reasons to make a park bench part of your fitness life:

1. They’re outdoors, and it’s healthier for us all to spend more time outdoors each day.

2. They can be used to make an exercise or stretch easier; for example, if you don’t have much strength in your upper body, you can still do push ups by placing your hands on the bench back (easiest) or seat. Women, you’ll be glad to earn you don’t need to get on your knees to manage a push up!

3. They can be used to make an exercise or stretch more intense; for example, make a push up more challenging by placing your feet on the bench seat and your hands on the ground.

4. They are free!

5. They are almost always available, unlike gym equipment.

6. They are easy to find and are often in playgrounds, so while your children play, so can you–on your own equipment!

7. Everyone–the whole family, regardless of ability–can so something on a park bench, from leaping over it to doing a gentle seated stretch.

8. Benches are versatile–unlike outdoor gym equipment, which is designed for one exercise with perhaps a few variatiomns.

9. Benches encourage creativity.

10. They often are placed where there’s a nice view.

11. They encourage group use and socializing.

12. You can sit down and take a rest when you’re through!

exercise on a park benchfamily play fun

By Nancy Bruning, MPH
Nancercize: the Benchmark in Outdoor Fitness and Natural Health
101 Things to Do on a Park Bench — video

A New Year, A New Community?

January 3, 2013 in Regular Updates

It’s 2013, the year of the Snake, the year that you can choose to make small changes to your life in order to make your community a healthier, happier and more supportive place to live for yourself and future generations.

Many of us don’t seem to have a lot of time for our community anymore. We barely have time for ourselves and our families. Life in 2013 already promises to be a difficult struggle between work commitments, family commitments and keeping ourselves afloat, however each of us need to do that.

Community therefore is easily overlooked as something we neither want nor need but community doesn’t just stand for a village of ‘do-gooders’ trying to win the annual Village in Bloom festival. It’s much more than that. It’s about what we can all achieve as a collective of individuals working together to make the area we live in better, stronger and more the way we want it. It’s about helping each other develop for the sake of improving where we live and how we live.

Previously, in difficult economic times, people have pulled together and formed a community to help each other through. The post-war slump in the 1950’s and the miner’s strike of the 1980’s saw incredible hardship for people in almost every community. The recent recession shows us all how now more than ever, we need to create a sense of community to get each other through it, in every sense.

As the New Year approached, FunMeFit decided to make 2013 the year that we could all start to become a community once again for the sake of helping us all work through our problems, develop ourselves and get involved in making the community a better place. We’re trying to do our bit to help people in the UK and beyond feel like they belong and they have somewhere to turn. We may be largely focused on getting everyone more active and healthier but we’ve also developed into a community network to help everyone develop themselves, promoting those whose aims are to achieve better things for their communities.

There’s so much you can do to help your community thrive. From volunteering your time for a charity, helping a neighbour with their shopping to organising local events/fundraisers and giving a young person a work opportunity, every one of us has something to offer and something we need help with.

Make it your New Year’s resolution to make a small change in your life so that others in your community may benefit and together, who knows what can be achieved!

Join us today if you’re not already a member and see some of the opportunities that are out there, meet new friends and do something different in your life.

 

Creating Confident Communities Event

November 28, 2012 in Nutrition, Regular Updates

**Please note, the date for this event has been changed to February**

Eclipse (IPD) and FunMeFit would like to invite you to:

‘Creating Confident Communities’ 

Tuesday 19th February 2013

8am – 9.30am

At The Foundry Climbing Centre, Sheffield

A unique activity-based networking event for all those interested in building a more active and involved community. As a networking opportunity it is aimed at delegates in South Yorkshire and includes a climbing introduction session. Furthermore, there is a selection of “market leading” teambuilding activities to ‘break the ice’ and inspire. It takes confidence and commitment to positively influence your community. Through collaboration with contacts new and old, you can strengthen, develop and build stronger communities throughout South Yorkshire. Attend and start the transformation!

Cost: £12 (includes admission, refreshments & a climbing session) per delegate.

Places are limited so book now to ensure you do not miss out on this Unique Opportunity to meet new contacts, discuss areas of common interest and try new activities. You can book through Eventbrite here:

 

Activities

Climbing starts 8.15am onwards – The option to ‘have a go’ at climbing taught by qualified instructors. An ideal opportunity to ‘break the ice’ with other networkers.Team-working activities start 8.15am onwards – Mentally challenging activities to encourage team working, the development of EQ and learn new skills. Ideal for those who want to be less physical. Participants require no specialist equipment. Climbing harnesses and belay devises will be provided by Eclipse-IPD Ltd. The instructors will operate to a maximum ratio of 1 to 8. We advise climbers wear loose fitting clothes and training shoes.

For further information please contact:
FunMeFit
Kate Hill
07854682323
@FunMeFit
Web: www.funmefit.com
Email: kate@funmefit.com

 

Eclipse (IPD) Ltd
Karl Bacon
07963639725 and Suzanne Wilks 07950247495
@tweet_eclipse
Web: www.eclipse-ipd.co.uk
E-mail: eclipse.ipd@gmail.com

 

 

Don’t Get Drunk, Get Going Girls!

November 19, 2012 in Medicine, Nutrition, Regular Updates, Uncategorized

As more young women are discovering the advantages of living a healthier and alcohol-free life, FunMeFit are launching a campaign: “Don’t Get Drunk, Get Going Girls!”

Let’s face it girls, none of us want a beer belly, that paled complexion, health issues or any other alcohol-related problems that we all know can arise from regularly consuming any type of alcohol. As a tee-totaller myself, I’m regularly worrying about the drinking habits of friends and family but it seems that I’m not the only one with concerns about the effects of alcohol on health. I was excited to see this article in the Daily Mail:

Turning their backs on booze: Four young women explain why it’s cool to be part of Generation Sober  by MEL HUNTER @ www.dailymail.co.uk

 

“It’s a surprising phenomenon – far from binge drinking, many young women are turning their backs on alcohol completely”.

With FunMeFit, I always like to celebrate upbeat stories like this where cultural changes are having a positive impact instead of the usual negative drone. This is why I’ve decided to launch our new campaign:

 

“Don’t Get Drunk, Get Going Girls!”

 

There’s a simple strategy behind it: Get more women into sport, exercise and living a healthier and more active lifestyle and try to discourage women from doing all those naughty things that we know make us less attractive, unhealthy and more prone to serious health problems.

Alcohol is listed as the top way to prevent heart problems by The British Heart Foundation on their website www.bhf.org.uk:

 

“Drinking too much alcohol is one of the most common causes of hospital admission in the UK.

And drinking more than the recommended limits can have a harmful effect on the heart.

It can cause abnormal heart rhythmshigh blood pressure, damage to the heart muscle and other diseases such asstrokeliver problems and some cancers.

Alcohol is also high in calories so it can lead to weight gain. If you are trying to lose weight, cut down on alcohol.”

So if we can encourage young women to give up the booze, as well as anyone else we know and start enjoying something else on a Friday and Saturday night like sport or perhaps a fun girlie night walk then we can all be happier, healthier and feel more like we’ve lived life.

What do you want to remember when you reach your older years? Nothing…Or a fun life filled with activity and friends? I know I’ve made my choice.

So Don’t Get Drunk, Get Going Girls!!

A History of Cycling in Sheffield

November 13, 2012 in Medicine, News, Nutrition, Regular Updates, Website Updates

Cycling in Sheffield – Then and Now  

Dr Jim Walker

 

This year’s Olympics, and characters like Bradley Wiggins, have inspired a resurgence in interest in cycling – even in the hilly terrain of Sheffield. The challenges faced by enthusiasts are not new…..

In June 1869 local papers had a new epidemic to report:

 

In Sheffield and vicinity, the symptoms of that alarming malady, the bicycle fever, are becoming daily more strongly marked and developed…

which might require ‘additional accommodation at the medical institutions of the town’ such as ‘extra facilities for the treatment of casualties’. Undeterred, the fabulous Browne Brothers appeared at the Alexandra Opera House in a display of bicycling dexterity, and in the same week the fever spread:

A Bicycle Club is being formed at the Shakespeare Inn, Gibraltar Street, and there is every prospect of its being a complete success.

(2 June 1869)

Tracing the beginnings of the fever leads us back a month earlier, when a Bicycle Club and Grounds were founded at Sharrow (near Wilson’s Snuff Factory), with a public launch at a crowded Pomona Hotel, with hundreds gathered outside to see a velocipede contest in which a bicycle of local firm Beck and Candlish of Brown Street was proven superior to one imported from Pickering of New York.

Prior to this, however, on April 20th 1869, the ingenious inventor Benjamin Gorrill had been first to announce his own make of ‘bicycle and tricycle velocipedes, of the best materials and workmanship’. He was the son of a scissor-maker of Eyre Street, and started as a scissorsmith, branched out into Orrery making and announced his new-fangled velocipedes (his son John Gorrill was an early rider in the Sheffield contests) from Cadman Lane, Sheffield. Elaborate planetary gear systems were a speciality, as noted in the Independent:

A most ingenious, skilfully constructed, and beautiful mechanism, showing the movements of the earth and sun, with other celestial phenomena, the work of Benjamin Gorrill, has been lent to the Museum…

The Brown brothers from Liverpool (before they added an ‘e’ to their name on the Alexandra stage) must have infected many with bicycle fever in a series of outdoor public displays on the 18th May, although the town’s physical geography posed a challenge:

Since the brothers have been in Sheffield they have tried to mount some of our hills, and have succeeded in getting up Snighill, Pond Hill, and have gone from Norfolk Street to Broomhill. In the afternoon of today they intend to try Paradise Square.

Crowds of locals held their collective breath as the brothers ‘made an attempt to rise Paradise Street’, noting that ‘from Westbar, all the way up, it is very uneven, being paved with very rugged boulders’, but they ultimately failed to conquer the final dozen yards near the top.

Henry Swan, curator of John Ruskin’s Museum which opened a few years later on Bell Hagg Road, Walkley, was another early pioneer of cycling, but Walkley’s uncompromising gradients presented the same problem and were only to be attempted by the truly dedicated. Swan promoted the benefits of athletic exercise, took in the invigorating air, maintained a strictly vegetarian lifestyle and was an advocate of the Cold-Water Cure.

His employer, however, was a critic of all mechanical transport, to be avoided ‘where it supersedes healthy bodily exercise’, famously denouncing steam engines but also objecting to bicycles:

 

I not only object, but am quite prepared to spend all my ‘bad language’ in reprobation of the bi-, tri-, and 4-,5-, 6 or 7 cycles, and every other contrivance and invention for superseding human feet…

                                                                                (John Ruskin)

Heavy steel velocipedes may not compare well to the carbon-fibre machines of today, but there were some early fore-runners. Surveyor Frank William Smith of the Hawthorns, Carr Road, Walkley, knew all about the state of the local roads (soon to be appointed Surveyor of Highways for Sheffield); and for health, comfort and practicality on the hills of Walkley he pioneered a bamboo bicycle (a London-based company advertised a ‘Special Racer’ weighing only 25lbs). His testimony in The Graphic, using words of heresy in a City of Steel, conjures an image of him gliding lightly up Blake Street or Bell Hagg Road past bemused steel-workers:

                Riding a Bamboo is indeed a pleasure which, to the riders of steel machines, is unknown.

                                                                (Walkley, 15 March 1897, the Graphic)

 

Bamboo never caught on, however, presumably because the cycles didn’t last – so ultimately the steel-makers had the last laugh….

 

Volunteer for FunMeFit!

November 2, 2012 in News, Regular Updates, Uncategorized

Fancy doing something different with your free time?

FunMeFit are looking for a Volunteer to work with us on helping get local people active, promoting us on social media, events organising, promoting members, charity fundraising & awareness, assisting with paperwork and some other jobs!

 

Experience not always necessary, just a willingness to make a difference in the community & possess an ability to work hard and be part of a team. Good communication & written skills would be an advantage but the position can be altered according to individual skills & experience.

Must possess own Laptop/Computer with access to internet.

Could lead to a paid position in the future.

Flexible hours but at least 6 Hours per week +

Must be based in the South Yorkshire Area.

Call Kate on 07854 682323 or contact me via social media or via e-mail: kate@funmefit.com

We look forward to hearing from you!

Healthy Fun at Halloween (Read if you dare!)

October 27, 2012 in Regular Updates, Uncategorized

FunMeFit Love Halloween! We’ve got a few ideas to make Halloween extra fun and scary too – a bit of scaring is great for kids and their overall health and well-being!

Remember, Halloween should be a time of fun and play for the kids as well as a time to eat lots of sweets!

Here are some great scary play ideas for you to plan:

1. Play ‘Monsters in the Dark’ – turn all the lights off in the house, capture one of the kids and keep them in one room with you and pretend to sleep – the other kids have to quietly rescue the prisoner without waking you up! If they wake you, chase them! It keeps their hearts & yours beating fast!!

2. Trick or Treat Football – When you’re out with them Trick or Treating, take a football too and have a scary costume football game with others who are out! Use your sweetie bags as goal posts!

3. Have a fun Halloween Dance Off – with family and friends. Play classic tunes like Micheal Jackson’s Thriller and see who’s got the best and most Zombie-like moves! This may be dad’s chance to shine with some embarrassing ‘dad dancing!’

Tell us your fun healthy Halloween Tips! On FunMeFit, Facebook or Twitter.

Have a super scary and ghoulishly healthy Halloween!