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Complementary Fitness 11 Feb Newsletter

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I hope that you’ll join us this week in our Colinton and Craiglockhart, Edinburgh Fitness Pilates/Yoga + resistance training all level classes. Details are on our Classes Where/Where page.

This week’s updates, news & info:

It’s ‘the School holidays’ this week but ALL CLASSES ARE ON so I hope that you’ll join us if you can.

I’ve mentioned this before and you may have already heard about HIIT (high intensity interval training) but it’s possibly not for everyone.  There’s an alternative called LIIT (you guessed it – low intensity interval training) which is the kind of training that we do on a Wednesday 9.30am.  LIIT involves strength training and helps to build and maintain muscle mass.  We also burn calories and improve and increase our mobility, strength and general fitness levels which is also great for our bones and heart too.  Join us this week/soon in this and our other classes in Craiglockhart and Colinton.

I thought we’d use our kettlebells again this Wednesday (or hand held weights) so please bring them if you want to use them (optional as is the gliding discs and resistance bands).

kettlebell weights training

There are lots of articles on Dr Mercola’s website and you might be interested in one about relieving joint pain with exercise.  Go to his website and read the article at:

I love making hearty, warming and filling soups and love using veg that’s in season too.  The other day, I made a butter bean and veg soup which was delicious (even if I say so myself!).  I usually buy a 1k bag of dried beans (butter beans, chick peas, kidney beans etc), soak them overnight, drain, rinse and cook them and can divide them into portions and freeze for another time (saves another cooking time).  Years ago, I had a pressure cooker and used it all the time but I think they kind-of went out-of-fashion and my trusty old faithful one must’ve ‘gone on the blink’ or something.  Anyway, 2 or 3 years ago, I bought a new pressure cooker that can be used on the induction hob and it’s great.  We use it a lot.

Anyway…. digressing … I sautéed 2 onions, a leek, parsnip, a large sweet potato (not local but nutritious) and cooked the soup (just a minute or two in the pressure) then added in cooked butter beans, fresh kale and spinach and blitzed it all up.  I also served some pumpkin, sunflower and flaxseeds on top for more protein and taste.  Of course, soup doesn’t take long to cook anyway so you don’t need a pressure cooker. 

butter bean & veg soup with seeds & avo on top

I’ve also recently made a very garlicky cauliflower (& other veg) soup too – mmmm yuuum.

I drink green tea every day and now, it’s usually organic and decaffeinated but also occasionally drink a really good quality ceremonial grade matcha green tea.  If you try when you’re out or buy some and drink it (make it with warm water, not just off-the-boil as it destroys antioxidants), there are so many benefits which are said to be: that it’s rich in vitamins A, C, E, K and B complex.  The tea also contains trace minerals incl zinc, magnersium, selenium and chromium.  It’s very high in antioxidants and because of it’s lovely green colour, is rich in chlorophyll too.  Matcha tea contains a high level of dietary fibre and some amino acids (ie L-theanine and theophylline) so it’s a healthy option.  Comparing matcha tea to a regular green tea, there are 137 times more antioxidants.

matcha green tea

You may also see matcha latte in cafes too but I prefer it without milk.

Colinton Parish Church are having a jazz concert with music and singing on Sat 23 Feb and doors open 7pm.  If you’d like to go, you can get tickets are £10 and are available from Nigel & Sheila Porteous 07443498246 or Such a platform may utilize tools like that event technology for better organization.

Proceeds go to which is a children’s charity for Fanconi Anaemia.  You can also bring your own bottle and glass. 

I read some inspirational quotes the other day and thought I’d share them with you:

‘Don’t start your day with broken pieces of yesterday.  Every morning you wake up is the first day of the rest of your life’.

‘If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it.  If you don’t ask, the answer is always no.  If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place’.

and another brilliant one for this year…..

‘If you want 2019 to be your year; don’t sit on the couch and wait for it. 

Go out. 

Make a change. 

Smile more. 

Be excited. 

Do new things. 

Throw away what you’ve been cluttering. 

Unfollow negative people on social media. 

Go to bed early. 

Wake up early. 

Be fierce. 

Don’t gossip. 

Show more gratitude. 

Do things that challenge you. 

Be brave. 

Let me know how you’re getting on in our classes, with your fitness and if you’ve noticed any changes in flexibility, strength, overall fitness, body shape etc, thanks.

See you soon, Susan x