PG Staff Days Out : How Not To Relax When You’re At The Seaside – Paul Gough Physio Rooms
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PG Staff Days Out : How Not To Relax When You’re At The Seaside

A nice story about a lovely day I spent at the beach last week that you might wish to copy from:

So, every once in about three months I take all my staff (13 of them now) to do something that is a challenging physical work out, a break from the norm and above all, just fun to do.

And, last weekend we spent a day at Marsden Grotto, South Shields, and took part in something called “Coasteering”.

Let me start by explaining what it is before I tell you why it’s a healthy thing to do:

Well, you basically get into a wet suit, strap on a life vest and walk into the sea and begin to swim to the nearest rocks, which you them climb, and if the tide is low enough, you can also ascend through the dark caves which as you’re doing it makes you feel like you’re on a film set of something like “Pirates Of the Caribbean”.

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(Keep reading to see more pics like this ^ ;=)

Now, the first thing that everyone asks when I tell them what we did is “wasn’t it cold?”. And the answer, an emphatic “yes”. But not enough to put you off from doing it.

Sure, when you first enter the North Sea it’s safe to say that it does take your breath away for the first few seconds and once you’ve experienced it, you’re likely to be watching more sympathetically next time the film “Titanic” happens to come on TV.

But really, it doesn’t take long to warm up.

And from then on, you’re always in and out of the water, walking along the beach, talking to the people walking with their dogs, as well as kids watching who you can tell wished they could join in, not forgetting making mental images of the picturesque and VERY beautiful South Shields coast line.

(It was so clear we could see right up and past Northumberland).

A bit about the physical side of “Coasteering”:

Climbing the rocks was tougher on the hands than I had bargained for (not ideal for a physio) but a great workout for the legs and arms.

Jumping in and swimming all the way back to shore is nice for the heart and lungs, especially if the tide is going out and you want to be in, and sometimes just “bobbing up and down”, hanging around in the sea was nice for peace of mind (it’s quiet out at sea) and waiting for a BIG wave to bring you back home was fun too.

Any way, we lasted about 4-5 hours.

And if you’ve ever been to Marsden Grotto (it’s the bottom of the bank where the runners of the GNR cone down towards the end), you’ll know there’s a “mammoth” stair walk waiting for you to get back to the car.

It’s the type of thing you could do for a works leaving do, a hen or stag do, or, like us, just for the heck of it because it’s different, it’s healthy, it’s fun and gives people something GOOD and positive to talk about for long after that day is over.

Plus, I believe that people love to hear about good things like this too – makes THEM feel much happier just by listening to somebody doing something good.

Expect to burn a few hundred calories (at least) whilst you’re doing it and prepare for the next day aches and pains which will come, but at the same time you’ll feel very healthy having spent the whole day soaking up the fresh sea air.


Paul ;=)
Specialist Physio Clinics
Darlington | Durham | Guisborough | Hartlepool
Tel: 01429 866771

P.S A few pics for you to enjoy…

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P.P.S If you’d like to know how I organised the day and who I use to do it, please feel free to get in touch with me. is my personal email address.

Paul Gough

Paul Gough is an internationally known Physio and Founder of The North East’s Leading Specialist Private Physiotherapy Practice for People in their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, who want to keep healthy and active.

You might know Paul as an expert Columnist who writes weekly health articles for TWO of the North East's biggest daily Newspapers, The Northern Echo And The Hartlepool Mail, he is a regular Speaker at Industry Seminars around the globe and a Radio Personality, often heard on the BBC. Paul has been an expert guest on dozens of Radio shows and regularly interviewed in newspapers, magazines and trade journals all over the world, including the Guardian.

Paul’s background included working extensively in the Premier League with a Top Professional Football Team, and since quitting his job in Professional Football in 2007, his Physio Practice has become the fastest growing in the UK and biggest in the North East. So successful, that companies like BUPA, ASDA, The Vela Group And Coast & Country, repeatedly retain his Physio company's services to keep healthy their own staff and workforce. Paul Gough Physio Rooms is now a large multi-physio, multi clinic speciality practice in Darlington, Durham, Guisborough and Hartlepool.
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