5 ways to add some wellbeing to your Jersey break

28/01/14

Elery Beach Running

Taking a break away from it all is a perfect way to reenergise and feel reinvigorated. Boost the benefits of Jersey's fresh sea air and natural setting by introducing a fitness element to your stay. Elery Hughes, Personal Trainer at Grand Jersey has come up with 5 easy ways to take advantage of Grand Jersey's stunning seafront location to maximise your fitness routine. 

Elery says: 'Our metabolism slows down much more quickly than we realise - just a week-long break can make a difference! So if you're used to sticking to a routine, try to keep your exercise up, even on holiday. Here are some easy tips to boost your wellbeing during your Jersey break.'

Elery's 5 tips to add some wellbeing to your Jersey break

1. Make your morning jog work for you. Like many fitness industry experts, I believe that the most effective way to exercise is to do shorter blasts rather than to maintain a steady pace for a longer time. Try interval training at a 1:2 ratio - a 1 minute sprint followed by 2 minutes at a slower pace. Do this 8 times (or 12 minutes in total) and this is all you need to maintain your daily exercise and stamina.

2. There's an easy running route from Grand Jersey along the seafront - for a 5K run, jog as far as the 'Burger Bar' and back (but no stopping for a burger!). When the tide is out, challenge yourself to run on the beach instead of the pavement. Running on the sand will have less impact on your joints and you'll be closer to the fresh sea breeze which is great for your skin. Make sure you check Jersey's tide times before you set off. 

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The beach and Elizabeth Castle, opposite Grand Jersey

3. Many people don't realise we have a gym at Grand Jersey. It's compact but has all the necessary equipment including free weights, resistance and cardiovascular machines. Why not combine a gym-based workout with a cool-down walk or jog along the seafront to make the most of the fresh sea air? Or of course, you could always treat yourself to a massage in Grand Jersey's Spa afterwards!

4. Running isn't my favourite, so I try and make things interesting by adding a few resistance exercises to my running routine. I run 10-minute intervals, then do 3 exercises (press-ups, triceps dips and plank) and continue that for the whole journey. There are exercise stations along the seafront - and this workout takes approximately 40-50 minutes.

5. Even when you're on holiday or travelling, make sure you hydrate throughout the day by drinking plenty of water, and even better, add a slice of lemon to cleanse your body.

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About Elery Hughes: Originally from Estonia, Elery swapped a career in marketing to become a personal trainer, training at London's Virgin Active health club before moving back to Jersey. As a former dancer, her speciality is creating training programs that improve cardio workouts, core strength, balance, flexibility and posture.

Need a kick-start? Elery has recently introduced weekly 35-minute high intensity circuit classes at Grand Jersey (Tuesdays) along with Zumba workshops. To find out more or to book a personal training session contact Elery on 077977 14486 or email ehughes@grandjersey.com. The Gym at Grand Jersey is open Mon-Fri 6.30am - 9.30pm, and from 7am-8pm during weekends and bank holidays.

Discover more about Grand Jersey's seafront location and facillities here. Photographs reproduced with kind permission of Elery Hughes.

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