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Complementary Fitness 14 August newsletter

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Welcome to this week’s newsletter & updates:

Well, yay, the schools should be back this week after the summer holidays.  Like a lot of parents and grandparents, we’ve been doing extra childminding over the last few weeks and I’m sure that a lot of us are looking forward to ‘getting back to normal’.  Not that we don’t love seeing our grandchildren and helping to look after them – we absolutely do and we wouldn’t have it any other way but now might be a good time to take a pause, re-evaluate and start anew with a fresh perspective and give ourselves time to do the things we want to do.


Maybe you want to schedule in time to read (see more about reading below but in the last few weeks, we mentioned a couple of books that you might be interested in), visit an art gallery or go to a Fringe show or two.  In any case, I hope that you’ll still continue to come to our Complementary Fitness classes.  If you haven’t been to one of our classes before, or in a while, please come and join us.  I can’t wait to welcome you (back) and work out with you.


It’s always good to ‘get back on track’.


Remember too that ‘we’re in this together, supporting each other in our community classes to become stronger, more flexible, have balance, perspective/a good outlook on life and all with a view of leading and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.


As you’ll probably know, I do love a smoothie, usually for breakfast.  There are so many options and variations, tastes and flavours and they’re arguably one of the easiest ways to pack in loads of nutrients.  We can add in some protein powder, nuts and/or seeds to up the protein content or add in some superfood blends or citrus for immune support.

The options are endless, especially when it comes to gut health and a balanced inflammatory response.  Some add-ins for a healthy gut and immune response might include:

  • Turmeric – good for digestion and gut health. A tip is to add in some black pepper when adding in turmeric.  Turmeric is a botanical root loaded with curcuminoids, including curcumin.  It has intrinsic antioxidant properties that also supports detoxification, combat oxidative stress, and help protect the skin from photoaging and as we mentioned, supports a healthy gut.


  • Collagen (we mentioned adding in collagen and it’s benefits a couple of newsletter’s ago) but research has found that one of the main amino acids in collagen, L-glutamate, supports the intestine by neutralizing oxidative stress and acts as a fuel source for the cells in the intestine. More about collagen: Collagen peptides are naturally rich in amino acids and support healthy skin, hair, and nails, as well as a healthy intestinal lining.  As a critical building block, collagen peptides also help support healthy bones, muscles, joints, and blood vessels.  However, collagen production declines as we age and it is important to keep our natural levels topped up.
  • Probiotic yoghurt – can be dairy or dairy-free eg a soya or coconut kefir or yoghurt. Preferably choose an unflavoured variety rather than one that’s flavoured with fruit and usually contains lots of sugar.  Great for gut health/microbiome.

If you love a smoothie too, what’s your favourite combination?  What do you start with, what do you add in?  Soooo may options from adding in a handful or 2 of spinach leaves, protein powder, superfoods, hemp seeds, berries, ground cinnamon, nut butters, maybe some fresh/frozen banana or coconut butter for creaminess.

I especially love an early morning smoothie before our Wednesday and Friday morning classes as it gets me off to a good start.

Meditation: incorporating a regular meditation practice into your life can help improve our mood, reduce stress and anxiety while calming your mind and enhancing mental clarity and there’s been increasing evidence that suggests that meditation can be instrumental in enhancing and improving cognitive functioning, memory recall and overall brain health.

To declutter your busy mind, sharpen your focus, have some mental clarity and tackle stress management (who doesn’t?), you could find a meditation class (there’s one on at the Dhammapadipa Buddhist temple, 199 Slateford Road on a Sunday at 5.15pm and costs £5/class, just turn up or book through Eventbrite) and/or use an online app eg Calm or Headspace.


Take time out to read too for relaxation, to learn something new and improve your knowledge, vocabulary and comprehension.  Reading also reduces blood pressure, heart rate and stress and improves brain connectivity.

It’s a good time to mention it because the Edinburgh International Book Festival is on atm until 28 August.


Let me know if you’ve read any interesting books or articles and if so, please pass on the info to me and I’ll share it with you, thanks.


Quotes that I’m liking at the moment:

You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending”.  (unknown author)


Again, let me know if you’ve booked up for any Fringe shows, what you recommend etc and I’ll share it, thanks.


I look forward to seeing you in classes this week for more bone building, strength & flexibility improvements and benefits.


Easiest and best way that you can pay for classes:

  • With cash ie £6 per class (always best and I have change)
  • Directly into my bank account (if you don’t have my details, email me and I can give you my sort code & business account number).
  • Alternatively, using my SumUp card machine (although sometimes, it seems to ‘play up’!!)


Remember to let me know if you have any comments, news and keep me updated with anything that’s happening with you ie health-related stuff, goals, achievements etc.


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