Working out Without Worry

August 15th 2018

Working Out Without Worry

As a parent of young children it can feel almost impossible to even get out of the house some days let alone make it to a gym and do an hour’s workout. Some days it feels like there is so much to do that you don’t even get to sit down until 10pm, not to mention you aren’t getting anywhere near as much sleep as you used to so most days you walk around like a zombie until you get your next caffeine fix!

With all this said, WHY would you even try to squeeze the gym into your already hectic day when there is just so much to do? And more to the point, WHERE would you find the time?!

The answer to the ‘where can I find the time’ could very much lie in a gym crèche. We know, it is a worrying thought leaving your baby in the hands of strangers, especially if they are still very young, but the crèche team are there to take care of all of your child’s needs. They won’t go without!

Letting the crèche take care of your little one while you work out will give you a stress-free hour to yourself where you can solely focus on building your body and strength. Let’s face it, strength is something all parents need!

Here are just a few reasons why as a parent you should look after yourself and try to fit the gym into your busy days:

Stress relief

Being a parent is stressful. Exercise is one of the best natural stress relievers because of the endorphins that are released during a workout. Taking time out to relieve your stress will help you to come back from your workout feeling happier and with a clearer mind. This will be a huge benefit to both you and your children and will make the rest of your day together much more enjoyable.

Staying active means more energy

When you’re fitter, you have more energy. All of your daily chores will be much easier when you’re healthy and this means that keeping up with the demands of parenthood will be easier too. So even if you’ve been woken up at 4.30am you will still find the energy to play allll day long! (Well until they fiiiinally go down for a nap at least).

A well-deserved break

Don’t feel guilty for needing to get away from the baby for an hour, it’s completely normal to need some time to yourself! Using the time you spend in the gym as an escape from your busy life is more than okay, it’s actually really sensible! What better way to spend your time alone than working on relieving your stresses and strengthening your body as well as your mind? Especially when you can relax knowing your child is in safe hands.

 Boosting your self-confidence

As parents we are so busy looking after our children and making sure their every need is met that we can often forget to look after ourselves. Keeping in shape will help you to feel confident in yourself which can be really helpful when you are trying to juggle 100 things at once. Having the confidence to tell yourself ‘I am doing a good job’ is something we all struggle with, but if you’re feeling good in yourself, it will be much easier!

Being a role model

This may not matter so much when your kids are very young, but as they get older and see that you are making time to keep yourself healthy, they will begin to understand that this is important. The best way to make sure your children grow up to be active and healthy is to make sure that you are too. By showing your children that you make time for exercise even with your busy schedule, your children will learn that staying active is very important.


If all of these reasons are enough for you to want to take yourself to the gym, then why not book your child into the crèche and enjoy some time just working on yourself. You will thank yourself for taking a couple of hours out a week to workout whilst your baby is safe and happy.

Havant Leisure Centre has a great crèche that can look after your children whilst you are working out in the leisure centre. It doesn’t even have to be in the gym, you can also have a swim or go to an exercise class if you prefer.

The crèche team will make sure your child’s needs are met and that they are comfortable and happy all the time you are away. So don’t hesitate or wait any longer, get booked in to the crèche and have some well-deserved time looking after yourself!

Benefits of drinking water

August 10th 2018

Benefits of drinking water

For a lot of people, drinking water and enough of it, can be a struggle. It is recommended by the NHS that we drink 1.2 litres of water a day, that’s 6 – 8 glasses per day. When you have a hectic lifestyle or are always on the go, it can be very hard to drink that many glasses in a day, let alone remember to!

So we thought at Horizon we’d share the benefits of drinking water, which may just stop you forgetting to drink your daily dose!

Good for your skin

Ever heard the saying look after yourself from inside to out? Well it is totally true in this case, drinking plenty of water can help to, moisturise your skin, keep it fresh, soft, glowing and it is also said to get rid of wrinkles, a lot cheaper than a bag full of lotions and potions!

Boosts immune system

If you’re a regular water drinker, you are less likely to get ill! Water helps to fight off things like flu, help to prevent some types of cancer and also reduce your risk of heart attack. Who’s reaching for the water right now?!

Keeps your joints moving

Are your joints feeling a little stiff or achy? Chances are you’re not drinking enough water, although this doesn’t apply to everyone, it can be the case for many!

Joints are surrounded by something called cartilage, this allows each bone to move freely. Cartilage can be up to 85% water, which helps to prevent your joints from rubbing together.

Where does water intake come into it? When you’re dehydrated your body draws as much water as it can towards your vital organs needed to keep you alive, unfortunately for your cartilage, it has to give up its water!  So top up your fluids and stop the creaking in those knees.

Encourages you to eat less

Do you find yourself constantly snacking throughout the day? A glass of water could help to stop that, which in turn is going to stop you piling on the pounds with unnecessary snacks. Drinking plenty of water also helps to raise your metabolism.

We hope a few of those benefits to drinking water get you reaching for a bottle more often now, and don’t forget 1.2 litres a day is the recommended daily intake!

Why parents secretly love soft play centres

July 27th 2018

Why parents secretly love soft play centres

You often hear the moans and groans of parents when it comes to soft play centres, “It’s too noisy”, “There’s too many kids”, “They could be running around outside for free”, we get it there are a few bug bares in the world of play centres, BUT, we also know more parents than not that secretly love them and here we are going to tell you why.

You get to relive your youth

If you didn’t visit soft play when you were little, you really are missing out. The days of sweaty faces from playing hide and seek with your brand new bestie’s you’d met at the slides 10 minutes prior, the mixed flavour slush puppies you’d beg for to cool you down after a session of running wild, and not forgetting the mirrors that make you look all different shapes and sizes.

If you’re children haven’t reached the stage of ‘Please don’t cramp my style Mum’ and pretending they are out on their own at the age of 6, then what better of an excuse to get in the ball pit or race them down the slides. Don’t forget to pinch a slurp of their slush puppie when your children aren’t looking!

Down time

Ok so it’s not relaxing on the sofa with day time TV and some chocolate biccies in your PJs kind of ‘down time’ that you’ve been craving since the kids were born! But it is at least 30 minutes of you not personally having to try and entertain the children, you have ropes and slides to do that for you. So why not grab a cup of tea or soft drink of your choice and make the most of the free Wi-Fi Horizon Leisure Centres have to offer.

A fuller night sleep (Hopefully)

So you’ve had your little down time whilst they were running riot round the equipment, now for the best part, (this is a right treat) the children have had so much fun and burnt off so much energy, they may just sleep through the whole night, or surprise you with a little lay in! We’ll see you for the rest of the holidays then?!

Have a chat to other parents

Just when you started to think you’d forgotten how to talk anything other than baby babble, or Pokémon characters with your 8 year olds, you meet some other parents that you find you actually have a lot in common with and are also hanging out at soft play to regain a little sanity! Take their number, add them on Facebook, or just hope to see them in here again next time, but always remember you’re not on your own and it’s healthy to have a chit chat with other adults!

Grabby hands are safe

Hands up if your child is like one of those grabbing machines at the fair? It’s always the things they are not supposed to have that they get their little hands on, not to mention the full blown meltdown when you take something off them for their own safety! At Horizon soft play centres there are baby areas for your little ones to grab whatever they like without having to go through the whole tantrum malarkey, so although as a parent you are never fully off ‘guard’ you can relax just that little bit more.

We have 2 educational soft play centres here at Horizon Leisure Centres. Oceans of play where children can climb aboard the ship to start their adventure and explore the oceans, or World of play where children can travel the world visiting different countries and famous landmarks, not only fun but educational too! We understand keeping children busy and tummy’s full can be expensive so we also offer play and eat prices. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Refer a Friend for a Month of your Membership Free!

June 28th 2018

Platinum members, this Summer Horizon are giving you the chance to get a month of your membership absolutely FREE!

We know that exercising is always better with some company! That is why we are rewarding our contracted Platinum Members (Platinum 12, Platinum 24, Platinum Student, Swim Membership) when they refer a friend to join Horizon Leisure Centres.

All you need to do is refer one of your friends to join Horizon Gym between 1st July 2018 and 31st August 2018 and you will get a month of your membership free!

Here’s how it works:

  • You will need to bring your friend along to the gym to sign up
  • If your friend successfully joins up and states your name as a referrer, you will be eligible to get a month free of your membership.
  • Your referred friend will need to have successfully paid their first Direct Debit of the membership before the free month can be redeemed.
  • You can refer as many friends as you want – for every friend who joins you will receive a month free from your membership!

We’ve set out the below terms and conditions for our refer a friend promotion:

  • The refer a friend promotion will run from the 1st July 2018 until 31st August 2018.
  • You will receive your free months membership after your referred friend has signed up to a platinum gym membership with Horizon Leisure Centres and successful completed 1 month of their membership. All referred friends must comply with our terms of use.
  • To be eligible for entry you must hold a contracted platinum membership with Horizon Leisure Centres
  • You can refer as many friends as you like and for each successful referral you will receive 1 months free membership.
  • Horizon reserves the right to disqualify any entrant if it reasonably believes that the entrant does not meet any applicable eligibility criteria set out in these rules
  • By using the refer a friend promotion you are acknowledging and accepting these terms and conditions in their entirety.

Get referring to receive your FREE month!

Kitesurfing Armada Festival

June 25th 2018

Horizon Leisure Centres were so excited to sponsor the Family Zone at the Kitesurfing Armada Festival on Hayling Island last weekend 22nd – 24th June!

In the family Zone there were lots of fun activities including face painting, team games, giant garden games, pebble painting, fun photo opportunities and more! Everyone who visited us got stuck in and had lots of fun, including the Horizon Team!

Thank you to Kitsurfing Armada for inviting us to sponsor the Family Zone at such a brilliant event!


5 Fitness Quotes to Get You Motivated

June 19th 2018

So, it’s Monday morning, you wake up at 5.30am, jump out of bed straight into your gym clothes, run out the door and skip all the way to the gym where you have a great workout burn hundreds of calories, shower, get ready and get to work all in time for 8.30am. Right? Wrong!

I’m guessing that for most of us normal human beings that sounds like something that happens in our dreams on Sunday night but when the dreaded Monday morning arrives, it is faaaar from reality! Well don’t worry, you’re not the only one!

If you’re lacking in motivation and need something to help you get into the gym and get that workout done and dusted then why not take a look at some of these inspirational, motivational quotes to help get you moving…

“How many Mondays have been and gone since you said ‘I’ll start next week’? Take action, start today.”

We’re all guilty of this aren’t we? We have a ‘bad weekend’ eating whatever we like and sitting in the garden all day (when we have the chance), or on the sofa in front of our favourite programmes promising ourselves that we will start the strict fitness regime on Monday and stick to it for at least 3 months, but it never seems to go to plan. Well why not break habit and actually ‘start Monday’ this time around? Once you take the plunge and get to the gym you will find it much easier to keep on going back and you never know, you might change that bad habit into a good one.

“You are one workout away from a good mood.”

Have you ever had one of those days where you’ve just woke up in a bad mood and nothing seems to be going your way? We’ve all been there. Instead of going home and eating a tub of ice cream in front of Eastenders, why not go to the gym? I know it sounds CRAZY but exercise is one of the best ways to let off steam and relieve stress. Put your headphones in and drown out the world while you focus on putting all of your energy into your workout – you will feel so much better afterwards!

“All great achievements require time.”

It can be so disheartening when you set a goal and try your hardest to achieve it but it just feels like you are never going to get there. Stop being so hard on yourself. Anything worth doing takes time and perseverance. Every time you go to the gym, do an exercise class, go for a swim or do any form of exercise it is another step towards your end goal, don’t give up, keep striving and you WILL get there in the end! You will thank yourself in the future.

“The only bad workout is the one that didn’t happen.”

So it’s Wednesday evening again and you just can’t stop thinking about how slow the week is going and how far away the weekend still feels. You know you should go to the gym like you promised yourself you would this morning, but you’ve had a stressful day and you just can’t be bothered now. This is the perfect time to get to the gym and make yourself proud. Even if you don’t get as much done as you normally would, you still went, you kept the promise that you made to yourself and you worked out! Go you!!!

“Don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits.”

What so many people lack is self-belief, we all seem to have a fear of pushing ourselves and finding out what we are truly capable of just in case we fail. Exercise can help you to build on your self-confidence and achieve things that you never thought were possible. Do something today that your future self will thank you for, test your limits and you might just surprise yourself.

So, if these quotes have inspired you to get out and get in the gym why not pop into Horizon and let the gym staff help you start your fitness journey today? There really is nothing holding you back!

5 Tips To Help You Get Summer Fit

May 4th 2018

Yes, that’s right, spring is here already and we sure are welcoming the arrival of summer nights, lighter evenings, BBQ’s, cocktails in the sun and dipping our feet in the kid’s paddling pool to keep cool! But are we feeling ‘summer body ready though’? Nuu-uhh, no way, not at all.

Although we still have a little while until the summer sun is here, we’re very aware that just like spring, summer will creep up on us in no time, which means if we want to be feeling body confident in our summer wardrobes, the dreaded workouts need to be in full flow… ummm, yesterday!

Ok, so we understand it’s not that easy! That’s why we are here to give you some top tips on helping you to feel happy with your ‘bod’ all summer long.

So sign up for your gym membership and join us in getting beach ready!

Don’t just set weight loss goals

It probably goes without saying your number one goal is weight related, weather that’s to tone up those ‘jiggly bits’, lose weight or gain weight but why not set yourself some bigger goals? How about improving your personal best, 20 more pull ups by the end of the summer? 20 more squats each week? Raising your fitness levels? Whatever it may be, don’t just go with the standard weight related goals! Stop focusing on the number that appears on the dreaded scales, instead motivate yourself with achievable yet challenging goals and you’ll soon start seeing positive changes along the way – mind and body!

Change the way you eat

It’s a well-known fact that you can’t out train a bad diet… (boooo). Now, we’re not talking about making a mad dash for the supermarkets straight away to stock up on nothing but curly kale because that’s just not going to work and will actually do you more harm than good. We’re talking about finding the right balance and making the right food choices. Start introducing super foods into your diet like avocados, blueberrys, oily fish and tomatoes to name a few.

Partial to an afternoon snack? Stock up on healthy alternatives to help curb those cravings and help you resist that sugary snack all for a quick energy boost.

Don’t forget to visit our Meet & Eat Café Havant and Waterlooville! We have a range of tasty homemade classics and healthy grab and go options along with a brand new spring menu!

Keep a record of progress

It can be disappointing when you’re working hard and not instantly seeing results. So a good idea is to keep a diary of your daily or weekly progress. You’re not going to see a dramatic change overnight, after all Rome wasn’t built in a day, but you are going to notice other positives, and the small wins all add up! Why not jot down things like stamina increase, have you been to extra aqua classes this week? Tried a new exercise programme out of your comfort zone? Increased the weight size you lift? All these ‘little’ things are achievements and all part of your journey to getting summer fit so get them written down and be proud of yourself!

If you’re ever having a day of negativity towards working out, flick through and remind yourself of the work you are putting in and the progress you are making. Don’t forget to take before during and after pictures, even if only for yourself, this will help you to notice your progress even more and you can look back and see just how far you have come.

Plan in advance

Keeping organised is key you are more likely to stick to a regime if plans are put in place, whether thats getting your gym gear ready the night before, prepping your lunches to avoid snacking on unhealthy calorific snacks, or even just scheduling which days you are going to go to the gym. You’ll notice more of a positive mind-set too! Leaving things until last minute can become stressful and un-motivating causing you to miss a gym sesh or eat junk food all because you haven’t spent a few extra minutes setting yourself up for the week ahead.

List the reasons you want to shape up

It’s all well and good deciding you want to shape up for summer, but sometimes that just isn’t enough to see you through your tough journey to summer fit, write down the reasons why you want or need to start and remind yourself of them as much as possible. Do you have a dress or shirt that you love but can no longer get into? Is it for health reasons? Are you training for a marathon? Or how about just feeling a bit more confident on your summer hols this year! Whatever it is be sure to list as many of them as possible to help keep you as motivated and determined as possible!

So there it is, a few handy tips to keep in mind when starting the long and winding road to getting fit and healthy this summer with Horizon. If you need that added boost and extra support pop in to either Havant or Waterlooville Leisure Centre and speak to one of our friendly gym instructors about your fitness goals and how we can help!

We love to hear your tips, tricks and progress of your fitness journey this summer, so drop us email or pop a comment on our social media pages and most of all GOOD LUCK!

New Look Cafes Coming Soon!

January 22nd 2018

The cafés at both Havant Leisure Centre and Waterlooville Centre are under going an exciting new refurb and re-brand this week!

Please note the cafes will be closed on the following days:

Havant Café Closure- The café will be fully closed on Monday 22nd & Tuesday 23rd January 2018 for the café refurbishment.

Waterlooville Café Closure – The café will be fully closed on Tuesday 23rd January 2018 for the café refurbishment

Meet & Eat, our new look cafes, will open to the public on Wednesday 24th offering a wide range or food and drinks perfect for pleasing everyone’s tastebuds.

It’s a great place to fill up after your workout, catch up with friends and fuel your hungry kids after they’ve ran around in our playcentres. Whatever the occasion, we have something to cater for you.

We look forward to seeing you in our new look café!

Lucky Winners Collect Their Fitness Trackers

November 28th 2017

Horizon Leisure Centres, the charity that runs Havant and Waterlooville Leisure Centres, is delighted to announce the 40 lucky Platinum Members that have won the ‘Refer your friend and be in with a chance to in a Moov Now sports tracker competition’. The lucky winners collected their brand new sports trackers to celebrate Horizon’s 20th Year Anniversary.

The popular sports tracker is a waterproof wearable device suitable for swimming, running, walking, circuit training and boxing and the lucky Platinum Card members had to refer as many friends and family as possible to join Horizon’s 20th Year Anniversary competition between 1st of September 2017 and 31st of October 2017. 20 winners were picked at random at both Havant and Waterlooville gyms with a total of 40 winners.
All of the winners were delighted when they found out and Lucky winner Jean Gray said ‘’ I’m very happy that I have won a fitness tracker as I was going to buy one for Christmas to help improve my health.’’

The popular sports trackers were later handed over to the winners by Howard Broad, Chief Executive and Maddie Dean, Marketing Manager from Horizon Leisure Centres.

Howard Broad Chief Executive of Horizon Leisure Centres said ‘’ We have a strong and loyal membership and periodically we like to thank our members for their support by running competitions for them to win some prizes. On this occasion we decided to provide 40 fitness trackers, 20 at each Centre. The competition was a resounding success and we congratulate all the winners who are hopefully improving their health and wellbeing by using their fitness trackers as part of their overall fitness regime”.

‘Win a Moov Now Sports Tracker’ competition starts 1st September 2017!

September 1st 2017

Horizon Leisure Centres are pleased to announce that they are giving the chance to 40 Platinum members to win a Moov Now Sports Tracker to celebrate Horizon’s 20th year anniversary.

The competition will take place at Havant Leisure Centre and Waterlooville Leisure centre starting on 1st September 2017 and ending on 31st October 2017. Each centre will have 20 Moov Now Sports Trackers to give to their lucky platinum members that have won by successfully referring friends and have had their name picked out by a draw!

Moov Now Sports tracker will enhance the winner’s workouts by monitoring, coaching and motivating the user. The fitness tracker is a waterproof wearable device suitable for swimming, running, walking, circuit training and boxing. Moov Now will provide users real time information and guidance that can be customised to work with them.

For the chance to win, existing Horizon Platinum members will need to ‘refer a friend’, who then joins Horizon’s Platinum membership between Friday 1st September 17 and Tuesday 31st October 17.  The names of those who have signed a friend up successfully will be put in a hat and the winners will be picked at random after the closing date. The more people you join, the more chance of winning – if you have one friend that joins you will only have one chance to win but if you get ten of your friends or family on board your chance of winning will increase dramatically. So, get referring!

The competition is very simple – Platinum members that want to enter must fill out a referral slip and place it in the ‘Refer your friends here’ box by all reception desks available at Havant Leisure Centre and Waterlooville Leisure Centre. When your friend successfully joins, your slip will count as one entry into the competition.

All Platinum members have access to use two award winning large gyms, 180+ exercise classes, 4 swimming pools and a brand new state-of-the-art cycle studio with virtual technology and sound system all starting from £26.95 per month!

Terms and Conditions Apply.

More Public Swim Sessions and More Swim School Lessons!

July 6th 2017

Great News – More Public Swim Sessions and More Swim School Lessons!

Following the recent 6 month trial, running from New Year until the end of June, at both Havant and Waterlooville Leisure Centres we are delighted to announce that we can now offer more swimming, more often to more people! The successful trials, fantastically supported by our loyal customers, have shown that the extra sessions can now be offered every weekend evening within the Borough of Havant. More swim lessons are also now available at weekends to ensure we are offering the best ‘learn to swim’ programme in the area. The new public sessions are:

Havant: Saturday 6.30pm – 9.00pm

Waterlooville: Sunday 6.30pm – 9.30pm

There are an extra 23 swim lessons on Friday, Saturday and Sunday specifically targeting the ‘beginners’ – please contact the Swim School for more details.


Waterlooville Leisure Centre: 023 9224 5900

Havant Leisure Centre: 023 9247 6026

Havant Gym wins Gym of the Year 2017

May 2nd 2017

Hat-trick of Awards for Horizon Gyms

The gym at Havant Leisure Centre has been voted ‘Gym of the Year 2017’ by its members for the second time in three years in a competition run by The News. The large, modern gym which is run by the charity Horizon Leisure Centres, opened in 2014 and won the title of ‘Gym of the Year’ in 2015 in the same competition.

The award has been kept in the family, and is the third year that a Horizon gym has won the competition with the Waterlooville Leisure Centre Gym picking up the title in 2016.

Howard Broad, Chief Executive at Horizon Leisure Centres said “This is yet another fantastic achievement for Horizon Leisure Centres and we are delighted to have won The News’ prestigious award of Gym of the Year for the third year running and beating off the challenge of all the other local gyms in the area!

Winning this award is particularly pleasing as it is our members that we have to thank for taking the time and trouble to vote for us. It is the greatest compliment any operator can receive and an endorsement for all the hard work and commitment shown by everyone who work at Horizon in providing high quality gym facilities for our customers.”

In addition to winning local awards both the Horizon gyms have, over the past few years, been shortlisted in the National Fitness Awards gym of the year competition. This is seen as a huge accomplishment for the two local gyms given the strong competition from around the whole Country.

Jamie Gargett, a long-standing member of the gym said “I am a gym fanatic and have been to many gyms but the Havant Gym is by far the best mainstream commercial gym I have used and we are very fortunate to have this facility and a team that listen and respond to our input.”