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Complementary Fitness 16 January newsletter

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Welcome to this week’s newsletter & updates:

I’ve mentioned before but thought I’d remind you that scientific research has found that exercise makes us more focused, motivated, creative and happy – when we exercise, our brain releases feelgood chemicals


Regular exercise and increased activity helps grow new brain cells and neural pathways and can help improve memory and mood.  Regular activity produces growth factors (BDNF – brain-derived neurotrophic factor) that encourages the growth of new brain cells.


We’re on a mission to improve our fitness, strength and flexibility – body and brain and to keep learning, get healthy, stay healthy, try new things, keep adapting and moving forward (backward, side to side and rotating – ha).

How are your new year resolutions going?  (first of all, did you make any?)

Are you still inspired, optimistic and motivated to keep going with your objectives and goals or what you want to accomplish this year?

Are your goals realistic and achievable?  I’m sure they are: one step at a time.

That’s how any journey starts.


Are you ‘on track’ or have you lapsed once or twice – or entirely?

Some people wait until a Monday to start a new diet and feel that they have to deprive themselves, cut calories and by the weekend (or Wednesday), they feel that they’ve failed, and for comfort, or out of hunger, raid the cupboard for something unhealthy and fast and everything goes by the wayside.


(by the way, changing to a healthier diet doesn’t mean depriving yourself, but it’s about adding IN all the healthy fruits, veggies, herbs, spices, new flavours and textures).


Remember that we can always start again.

We don’t have to wait until a Monday, just do it now.


The past 2 or 3 years haven’t been easy with the pandemic, we’ve been challenged in various ways and had to adapt etc but we’re all trying to have a positive view about life right now.  Let’s continue to be positive and optimistic.


We have control over our own attitude to life and what’s going on and continue to take care of our own health, our lifestyles and that of our families too.


I’m sure that you’ll have heard of the acronym SMART when setting out and achieving goals.  SMART stands for:

S for specific – be specific about what you want and when you want it by

M – measurable – how you measure your goal eg is it in currency, time, rewards etc?

A – achievable, attainable or actionable is a great one: where we actually do something, not just something we say.

R – realistic: if setting a goal for a 6 week/6 month or 1 year timeframe, is it realistic?

T – timely: leading on from realistic, when do you want to achieve your specific goal by?

We can also have daily, weekly, monthly achievable goals when planning our goals.


If there was a C in SMART, we’d have to be Committed to our goal and be passionate about it and if we’re not either of those, it’s unlikely that it’ll happen.


What if something doesn’t go to plan or something happens that interrupts our objectives and goals, how do we get ourselves back on track?

It might come down to flexibility, our way of thinking, our attitude ie look at what’s happening as opportunities or challenges, not as setbacks or problems.  Don’t give up.

If you want it to happen, it will.  It’ll take time (as we were saying).

Have you heard the expression: ‘If you don’t change, nothing changes’?

It’s not that we reach a stage in life and say ‘I’ve nothing else to learn’.

There’s always something else to learn about ourselves and life.

(wow this is deep this week!)


Anyway, keep going with your fitness, your healthy diet, lifestyle and whatever it is that you want to do next.

Stay focussed.

Maybe you want to learn a new language, learn to play the piano, guitar or golf.


It helps when we’ve got support too and I’m here to help you when it comes to your fitness, health and lifestyle goals and as our classes are Colinton and Craiglockhart community based, we’re supportive, are connected and here for each other.

In life and in setting goals, it helps to be balanced and have harmony in our business and personal lives ie not all or 100% business or money-related with no time for family, friends or ourselves.  A happy balance.

Let me know what you think, thanks.


Reminder that you can pay for classes:

  • With cash ie £6 per class
  • Directly into my bank account
  • Using my SumUp card machine.


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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