News - We Move She Moves


October 15, 20200
We know many of you are keen to get running again with the support of Learn 2 Run and so we are launching an amazing 8 week virtual course for complete beginners. You will receive a full 8 week training program for your runs, theory and educational videos, motivation and keeping track techniques.
The course costs only £19.99 but for We Move She Moves participants who live in Hertsmere you can access the course for the discounted price of £9.99 using the code ‘getactive’. For more information and to book the course visit https://www.learntorun.co.uk
We hope to back in 2021 with our physical Learn 2 Run sessions🏃‍♀️💪


September 2, 20200

We are dedicated to helping you take every opportunity to enjoy the sessions that we offer. With this in mind, we have carefully considered what we can reasonably expect of each other.

Relating to COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Coronavirus is highly contagious (it spreads easily). Your health and the health of other We Move, She Moves participants is your responsibility.

Our commitment to you

  1. We will put in place the government guidelines published online at www.gov.uk. These guidelines are aimed at reducing the risk of spreading coronavirus.
  2. We will carry out a risk assessment of all the venues we use and ask all venues for their risk assessments and make changes to manage social distancing and provide effective infection control.
  3. We will provide you with information about these changes, including any rules that we ask you to follow.

Your commitment to us and other participants

  1. Do not enter attend a session if you or anyone in your household has coronavirus symptoms and follow NHS guidance.
  2. By attending a session you accept that even though we have put in place the government guidelines, you are still at risk of getting coronavirus.
  3. Make yourself aware of the government guidelines published online at www.gov.uk about protecting yourself and others from coronavirus, and follow them. Make yourself aware of the changes we have made and any rules we ask you to follow, and follow them.

Relating to exercise

 Our commitment to you 

  1. We will respect your personal decisions, and allow you to make your own decisions about what exercise you can carry out. However, we ask you not to exercise beyond what you consider to be your own abilities.
  2. We will take reasonable steps to make sure that the venue facilities are clean and safe for you to use and enjoy for the normal purpose they were intended for. Bear in mind that we are not able to clean or inspect equipment and facilities after each use.
  3. We will take all reasonable steps to make sure that our instructors are qualified to the fitness industry standards as set out by the Register of Exercise Professionals.
  4. If you tell us that you have a disability which puts you at a substantial disadvantage in accessing our sessions, we will consider what adjustments, if any, are reasonable for us to make.

 Your commitment to us 

  1. Do not exercise beyond your own abilities. If you know or are concerned that you have a medical condition which might interfere with you exercising safely, before you attend a session you should get advice from a relevant medical professional, and follow that advice.
  2. Make yourself aware of any rules and instructions and follow them. Exercise carries its own risks. When you are exercising, you are responsible for the risks involved. You should not carry out any activities which you have been told are not suitable for you.
  3. Let the instructor know immediately if our equipment or venues we hire are unsafe to use or if you feel ill during a session.
  4. If you have a disability, follow any reasonable instructions to allow you to exercise safely.

This statement is for guidance only. It is not a legally binding agreement between you and us and does not create any obligations which you or we must meet. 



September 2, 20200

We’ve all had to adjust to a different way of living in recent months and your We Move She Moves sessions will also have some changes.  Whilst sessions have been suspended the team, venues and instructors have been working hard to create a safe environment for you to come back to.  From the feedback we received from the WMSM survey we know many of you are excited to return to classes and that for a lot of you the amount of physical activity you have been doing has changed over the last few months.  We also know from your feedback how important cleanliness, social distancing measures and the support of the instructor is and so all these elements will be considered with our sessions.

There will be a phased restarting of classes as each of the sessions operate at different venues, have different equipment requirements and different space requirements and so we need to make sure we follow Government guidelines to keep you and the instructors safe.  As and when start dates for classes are confirmed the information will be uploaded to the class timetable.  We’ll include as much information about each session as possible to give you an idea of what to expect when you return as all the venues we use will have different procedures in place.

To give you an idea of some of the procedures which will be in place:

  • Venues will likely have a one-way systems in place and access to some facilities will be restricted
  • We ask you not to turn up to early for sessions as venues will have other bookings
  • Activities should be pre-booked and the booking system for each class will be available in the information page for each class.
  • Class numbers may be restricted to ensure social distancing can be maintained
  • Class times may change to allow adequate cleaning time between sessions and to ensure participants and other venue users can exit and enter safely
  • Some classes will be limited or unavailable initially
  • Please read our Health Commitment Statement before attending any sessions
  • Please ensure you adhere to social distancing throughout your session and are considerate to other venue users.
  • All participants will need to bring own equipment to sessions


July 13, 20200

We’re sure many of you saw the announcement that indoor gyms and leisure centres will be able to reopen at the end of the month.

We will now wait for the full guidance to come out and talk with our venues and instructors about what it means and how and when classes can operate. There will need to be some changes and it is about ensuring how those changes can be made to keep participants and instructors safe. We will update once we know more and look forward to welcoming you back to sessions when we are able to restart.

In the meantime, to aid in our restart plans please could you complete this short survey to help us gauge your feelings and thoughts of the WMSM programme.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HZ939Z6

Thank you as always,

The We Move She Moves Team x



May 1, 20200

 Welcome

Welcome to the Spring 2020 edition of the We Move She Moves newsletter. Although a little different this time round our goal remains the same and that is to get as many women active as possible.

Included in this edition are:

We hope that you are all keeping well and safe during this uncertain time. We want to assure you that we are here for you and we will be back soon.

To read the full newsletter click here.

The We Move She Moves Team x



March 20, 20200

The health and safety of our residents is our number one priority, so we have taken the difficult decision to suspend our We Move, She Moves programme for the time being.

This means that we will no longer be running sessions across the borough until further notice.

We Move, She Moves is a movement to get women and girls in Hertsmere more active, more often and having fun in the process. There are lots of activities taking place each week. We have something to suit all ages, abilities and fitness levels.

We apologise for this and hope to be back in the community soon.

Please visit our website timetable for regular updates and our social media pages, follow us on facebook @wemoveshemoves.

Please see below ways to keep active at home, now more than ever it is important to keep fit and healthy.

Stay safe everyone,

The We Move, She Moves Team 



March 18, 20200

Key Advice from our friends Herts Sports Partnership

Coronavirus: Staying active at home

Stay active at home

If you’re stuck at home because of coronavirus (Covid-19), or your normal activity has been cancelled, it’s still important to stay as active as you can. Even a small amount of activity will have a positive impact on your physical and mental health, and there’s plenty you can do at home – here are some ideas to keep you moving.

Everyday activities count!

You don’t need gym equipment at home to stay active. Everyday activities such as doing the vacuuming, hanging out the washing, and mowing the lawn all count towards your daily activity levels.

Try to break up long periods of sitting by getting up and moving for at least five minutes each hour. You could put on a home disco with your favourite tunes and have a dance, or walk up and down the stairs.

Home workouts and seated exercise

These easy-to-follow workouts are a great way to get active at home:

If you’d rather follow a video you’ll find lots for different ages and abilities online:

As with any kind of physical activity, start slowly and gradually build up the time and intensity of your workouts, and don’t forget to warm up and cool down!

  • Download the NHS seated exercise programme Download the NHS seated exercise programme (PDF, 975 Kb)

Get the whole family moving

Kids need to burn off some energy? Get the whole family moving with these fun, free resources:

Get some fresh air, if you can

The current government advice is that if anyone in your household has coronavirus symptoms, the whole family needs to self-isolate for 14 days and that means you shouldn’t go outside at all.

However, for families who haven’t had any symptoms it’s still fine to get out for some fresh air, to walk the dog or go for a run, as long as you stay more than two metres away from other people.

Walking and jogging are great for your physical health and have proven benefits for your mental wellbeing.

Mental health and wellbeing

If you’re isolated or just feeling anxious about coronavirus, here are some ideas to look after your mental wellbeing:

  • Gardening can help tackle depression, stress and anxiety, and reduce high blood pressure, as well as improve your physical health, so it’s a great time to get outside and brighten up your patch. Don’t have a garden? You could try planting some flowers in a window box, growing herbs indoors, or putting out food for the birds where you can watch them from a window.
  • Practise relaxation and mindfulness to boost your mood. You could follow an NHS yoga workout to improve strength and tackle stress, try this mindful breathing exercise from Every Mind Matters, and read hints and tips on mindfulness from the NHS.
  • Look to the future. You could research walks you want to do, plan a new cycle route, or get the kids to make a list of five new activities they’d like to try.

Mental health charity Mind has put together detailed advice and information on coronavirus and wellbeing.


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February 11, 20200

Unfortunately due to low numbers of people attending we have had to cancel the Borehamwood and Bushey Stroller Strength sessions. We will look to consult with people who are interested in attending mum and baby sessions and relaunch in a few months.  If you would be interested in giving feedback, please contact community.services@hertsmere.gov.uk

Shenley Stroller Strength will continue on a Thursday morning from 10-11am meeting in Shenley park, cost £4 per week.



December 23, 20190

A scheme to combat loneliness by bringing people together in an informal setting for a free cuppa and a chat has launched in Hertsmere.

Anyone who would like to meet someone new while enjoying a tea or coffee can drop into the borough’s first Chatter Table at the Wyllyotts Theatre in Potters Bar on Wednesday 29 January. The initiative, which is organised by Hertsmere Borough Council in conjunction with InspireAll, is one of a number of initiatives run by the council to help tackle social isolation.

Loneliness has been the focus of a number of national and regional campaigns, including Reach Out, run by Team Herts Volunteering. Research has shown there is a link between loneliness and increased risk of dementia, heart disease and depression. Just getting out and having a friendly chat can make a big difference.

Chatter Table will also be running on Wednesday 12 February, Wednesday 11 March and Wednesday 22 April.

To find out more about Chatter Tables contact the council’s Community Engagement and Performance Officer Pam Cousins on pam.cousins@hertsmere.gov.uk or call 020 8207 7801.


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September 27, 20190

Stroller Strength sessions are specifically designed as a post-natal fitness class for mother and baby. It is similar to an outdoor bootcamp but incorporates your buggy and your baby.

Stroller strength sessions will develop your core strength and improve your fitness with your buggy in tow. The sessions are a variation of squats, push ups, burpees, running and competitive games. You’ll enjoy a whole body work out. Come along for a chat with other mums, bonding time with your baby and some fresh air.

All mums must have approval from their midwife or doctor and be at least 6 weeks post natal for a natural birth or 10 weeks post c section to participate

Fussy or Crying Baby – It’s OK!

Your baby is your first priority. The beauty of Mums of Steel classes is we are aware of the situation of mums with babies and understand they can become fussy from time to time. We embrace the challenges and celebrate the support that this group environment can provide. If your baby becomes fussy you are encouraged to take your time and soothe your baby. Do not worry about disturbing other classmates we are all mums in the same boat.

If you would like to discuss anything about your health or fitness privately feel free to ring Mary on 07709 342329, no need to book just turn up!