Once upon a time, if you wanted to meet someone special, you’d try to catch their eye across a crowded bar, and ask if they fancied another gin and tonic. These days you might be more likely to find yourself exercising your thumbs to find potential matches. Forget dating apps – if you’re single and ready to mingle, you can now swap your thumb workout for a full body one in the search for like-minded singles.
MATCH FIT is Loughborough’s first fitness programme open exclusively and specifically for singles looking for long-term love. Lead by Psychological Skills Coach and Personal Trainer Sabrina Francis, the 12-week programme launches on the Saturday before Valentines Day - 10th February, at 6pm. The sessions are held at NPC Loughborough, when the gym is closed to other members of the public.
Sabrina, founder of Mind Set Match, explains that MATCH FIT offers the mother of all multi-tasking: “It’s a great physical workout, that not only helps you to get in better shape, but that also boosts those happy hormones: dopamine, serotonin and endorphins. At the same time people can meet and connect with single, like-minded people and get to know them without the pressure of having to go on a first date!”
“After the session there’s the chance to chat over a cuppa and cake in Average Joe’s [within the NPC], either going with the flow or exploring some nuggets of mindset training!”
“Online dating has its place and it does work for the few, but I’m hearing more and more despairing stories than successful ones. My work and area of expertise in helping people build and sustain successful relationships with themselves and others through mindset coaching, has made me realise just how frustrating and challenging it can be for people to find happiness with themselves and their partner. I’m hearing all too often that people are giving up on love - these are kind, hardworking, beautiful and otherwise really successful people in their 30s, 40s and 50s!”
“A recent Harvard study suggests that the biggest predictor of living longer and happier is by embracing community, taking care of your body and nurturing your close relationships. They found that people who were the most satisfied in their relationships at age 50 were the healthiest at age 80. And that people who had happy marriages in their 80s experience less emotional and physical pain.”
“There is no denying that we thrive in the right relationship. We are one of only a few pair-bonding species on this third rock from the sun, so we’re naturally driven to pair up.”
“The reality is though, that people are unique and can be complex, making relationships possibly the trickiest of all areas in life. The good news is that there are a number of skills involved that anyone can develop.”
“Of course just being in a relationship is no guarantee for success or happiness. Our happiness starts with us, it’s our own responsibility, we can’t rely on another person for our happiness or we run the risk of being very disappointed.”
“So that’s the purpose of MATCH FIT - to build a local community, to help people move more and take care of their bodies, and to increase people’s chances of finding a match that fits.”