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Join us in our lockdown run/walk challenge

Join us in our lockdown run/walk challenge.   Join us in our Odyssey Strava Club and track your runs/walks whilst we’re in lockdown.   Our cumulative miles will take us to our final destination with some weekly stop-offs before we finally hit the beach for a well-earned quarantini!   Where will we end up?  …

Swim Club Chat with Kev

Join us for this quick chat with Odyssey team members Phil and Swim Coach Kevin to talk about everything from the Olympics to running around after toddlers!

How Sugar Affects the Brain

When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. This activation of your reward system is not unlike how bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine — an overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves you craving more. Nicole Avena explains why sweets…

A Month In…

A message from Odyssey Health Club fitness coach Faye Petts…   A Month In…   I have just walked into my house (from my garden) opened up my laptop and sat down to write this for anyone who needs this right now.   It was just another day in isolation started out like usual, breakfast,…

Watercolours and Photos

This email came in from Jacky who took up photography when she retired from work four years ago. She has now been painting for 10 years and has sent in some amazing examples of being creative during lockdown…   If you have a creative story you’d like to share with us and the Odyssey: Online…

Art in Isolation

We’ve had another wonderful email from our member Anina whose art class has continued in isolation.   The themes so far are have been: sheep and trees. Here are Anina’s efforts so far… I think you’ll agree, Anina’s efforts leaf us feeling super-inspired, as wool you. Ewe are a natural, Anina! Thanks for shearing. I…

Arting Around

We’ve seen some our members turn to some fun and creative ways of spending their time; watercolour painting, gardening, learning languages, staying active with our workouts!   During last nights Friday Night Quiz I came to some of you individually to ask:   What creative ways have you been spending your time at home these…

Getting Creative

Now that we are in a state of ‘lockdown’, we are finding that lots of our members are turning their hand to some really interesting and creative ways of spending their time.   For example, Odyssey member Mike enjoys watercolour painting with his grandchildren. Ever since the social-distancing rules kicked in, Mike turned to setting…

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Drone Personal Training

For a limited time only, Odyssey Health Club will be offering a totally new service with our NEW Drone Personal Training sessions. We’re taking to the skies to make sure we are sticking with the social distancing guidelines by flying in your favourite Personal Trainer for a workout in your back garden. Membership and Marketing…

Odyssey Mountain Challenge

Since the global pandemic of COVID-19, there has been some reports over the last couple of weeks that people have been heading for the hills quite literally, potentially spreading the virus into communities that lack the social and medical infrastructure to cope with an outbreak in their areas.   As such, we have estimated the…

Ted Talk: How to be your best self in times of crisis | Susan David

“Life’s beauty is inseparable from its fragility,” says psychologist Susan David. In a special virtual conversation, she shares wisdom on how to build resilience, courage and joy in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Responding to listeners’ questions from across the globe, she offers ways to talk to your children about their emotions, keep focus…

Build your immune resilience – as nature intended Build your immune resilience – as nature intended Ian Aitchison 22-28 minutes IMPORTANT NOTICE: The information in this article is for educational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. If you are experiencing any symptoms of illness, or consider that you might have been exposed to the coronavirus, follow the…

Top tips for ‘Lockdown’

This is an uncertain time for all of us, and something we have never experienced before. Going out, socialising with others – in whatever setting, is a social normality for us all. I, along with the majority feel somewhat anxious about the coming weeks, and months, and having to suddenly readjust and re-evaluate day to…