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On The Table Read, “the best entertainment magazine in the UK“, Breaking Ballet creator and author Sarah Aspinall releases new book, Move, to make exercise happen your way.
Sarah Aspinall is a trained dancer, registered ballet teacher, and certified NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) coach, Time Line Therapy and Hypnosis Practitioner. She is on a mission to empower women to develop strong, toned bodies, whilst also encouraging them to find the time and space they need for themselves to help reduce their day to day stress and to find headspace to gain clarity on what they actually want out of life.
Combining mindset coaching techniques with short and effective ballet-inspired workouts, Sarah Aspinall, helps busy women prioritise their health and fitness. Her debut book, Move – How To Make Exercise Happen Your Way, went straight to Number 1 on the Amazon bestseller charts, in multiple categories, including; Health, Mind & Body, Nutrition and Internal Medicine.
Founder of Breaking Ballet, a dance-inspired fitness programme, Sarah Aspinall next plans to reach a wider audience and provide women in their 30s, 40s and beyond with the tools to succeed in getting the fit, healthy, and energised body that they’ve always wanted.
After losing touch with her body and feeling chained to her desk, Sarah developed Breaking Ballet in 2017, and she has since grown a thriving community of over 18,000 women online across 22 countries. She is now proud to have changed the lives of more than 1000 women through her her fitness programme, and her insightful videos on her Youtube channel, which has an audience of almost 3K subscribers.
“I know what it can be like to lose touch with your body,” explained Sarah. “I went from Ballet School to Law School and ended up sat at a desk, feeling like I was crushing my body and losing my inspiration to move, along with my fitness. I tried all kinds of workouts, fitness regimes and fads but nothing inspired me as much as the form and the fitness ballet gave me. I wanted something that could become a PART of me and give me an enjoyable lifestyle. So, I rekindled my love affair with dance and qualified as a ballet teacher with a passionate desire to help other people reap the same benefits.”
Statistics from WHO (Oct 2022) shows that more than a quarter of the world’s adult population, approximately 1.4 billion adults, are insufficiently active. Worldwide, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men do not do enough physical activity to stay healthy, and 28% of adults aged 18 and over were not active enough in 2016. This means that they do not meet the global recommendations of at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity, or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity, per week.
A BJSM study revealed that a maximum risk reduction for death from any cause, heart disease and cancer of between 10% and 20% was found at 30 to 60 minutes a week of muscle strengthening activities.
Barriers Women Face
However, Sarah understands that there are many barriers women face when it comes to prioritising their fitness and health. A recent study by Berlin Cameron found that 64% of women wish they could take more time to devote to their physical health, and 53% wish they could invest more time in their interests.
“During the pandemic, many women felt completely overwhelmed looking after everyone else and didn’t have enough time for themselves,” explained Sarah. “I know I felt this myself as did many women within my community, this was an eye-opener for me and made me want to address these barriers and this is when I started to write the book. I am passionate about encouraging more women in the peri-menopause and menopausal years to make exercise excuses a thing of the past, get moving in their own way and reap the many benefits of movement.
“We all know exercise is a vital part of living a healthy life, whether it’s for weight loss, heart health, increased energy, strength and tone, mental wellbeing, or simply to feel great. But many women lack motivation to exercise on a regular basis, or at all. There just seem to be so many barriers preventing us from doing it, or so few opportunities throughout our week to be consistent enough to see results from our efforts.
“I hope that this book is the catalyst for a lifelong habit of daily movement in whatever form that takes. For many of us, if we are honest, exercise is just not something we enjoy doing! But, as the stats show, we still want to make the changes to get that stronger body we have always dreamed of getting. My message is that; you have the power to make the necessary change to create a habit of exercise to future-proof and improve the wonderful body you have, in order to live a long, happy, and healthy life. This book guides the reader step-by-step to understanding their exercise personality type and how to optimise their physical and social environment to help (rather than hinder) their efforts so they are able to finally make exercise happen without being overwhelmed, so it becomes part of their lifestyle.”
Sarah’s 3 Top Tips To Help You Move More
1. Create clear boundaries – communicate your time boundaries assertively to others and don’t feel guilty about it.
2. Make exercise (i) necessary (find your personal reason for exercising), (ii) enjoyable (find something you enjoy or hate the least!) and (iii) rewarding (ideally this is an intrinsic reward, knowing that exercise has given you more energy / clarity / reduced stress etc but can be extrinsic – treating yourself to a new candle, spa day with a girlfriend etc).
3. Reframe the way you think about exercise – focus on moving for 15 minutes every day – whether that’s a specific workout, arm exercises, or changing your environment to incorporate more movement. See it as self-care — something special for your body that nurture’s it and is future-proofing it.
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Copies of ‘Move – How to make exercise happen your way’ can be bought via Amazon – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0BGJR45NZ
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