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It’s never too soon to make exercise and good habitspart of your routine. As October half term approaches, Carole Crowe, manager of Matfen Hall Hotel’s Aqua Vitae health club gives us a rundown of what’s on offer for young ones to stay active and have fun
‘Many of our Aqua Vitae members have families and we’re always looking for new ways to welcome youngsters into the club’

In association with Matfen Hall

When it comes to regular exercise, you’re never too young to start feeling the benefits.

In fact, the sooner you start making the effort to build physical activity into your lifestyle, the better. Establishing a childhood routine which includes exercise lays the foundations for a lifetime of good, healthy habits.

The list of advantages which come as standard for children and young people with an active lifestyle speak for themselves.

Improved attention levels, good behaviour, better performance at school, co-ordination development, muscle and bone strengthening and a sleep quality boost are all boxes which can be ticked by children and young people who keep themselves moving.

Many of our Aqua Vitae members have families and we’re always looking for
new ways to welcome youngsters into
the club.

As well as the obvious attractions of the spa - a 16m pool, which comes complete with noodles, inflatables and dive rings on request - we have a range of sessions and activities your kids can choose from, whether you’ve got a toddler or a teenager.
You can book a series of one-to-one swimming lessons with our Fitness Manager Ian Walton who is always more than happy to share tips and advice from his experiences as a Team GB triathlete. Even strong swimmers can always make improvements in their technique - and there’s always time for some splashing around at the end of the lesson!

For keen cyclists and walkers, Matfen’s idyllic trails are an ideal place to keep active while learning about nature and feeling at one with the beautiful surroundings. Walking and cycling as a family is a great way to spend time together - without a screen in sight. Just ask the Beckhams who are regularly snapped after exercising en masse - in a variety of stylish activewear, of course!

Toddlers and pre-schoolers can be introduced to fun and active relaxation techniques which can be used in all areas of their lives in the Relax Kids Little Stars sessions (designed for two-and-a-half to four-year-olds).

Meanwhile our popular Kids Zumba class with Shelley offers children from four to 12 the chance to get active while moving to their favourite music. The classes incorporate simplified Zumba choreography, games and, we’re reliably informed, are bags of fun!
For the tween and teens, we have some specially tailored yoga classes which teach simple yoga techniques that can help stretch and strengthen the body. Aside from the obvious physical benefits, yoga can also help with issues they might be going through such as stressful schedules and the physical and emotional changes which comes with adolescence. 

And what better way to wind down afterwards than with a tasty smoothie from our Juice Bar, which has the added plus of contributing to their five-a-day!

As well as Adult, Young Adult and Teen Training memberships, Matfen Hall Hotel’s Aqua Vitae health club is about to launch a range of Junior membership options. Contact reception for more details. 

Published in: September 2018

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