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Complementary Fitness 17 May News

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Welcome to this week’s Complementary Fitness news, have a read through and scroll down for our updated classes.

Last Tuesday was our first outdoor/outdoor fitness Pilates class at 6.15pm at Paties Road and we were lucky with the weather throughout the whole class.  It was just lovely.  It was sooo good to see everyone and we all said that it was great to be outdoors, to be exercising together and to see everyone again.

We got lots of lovely comments/emails after Tuesday’s outdoor class saying that it was a great class, great to see ‘real people’ again.

Anyway, after last Tue’s class, I’d more or less just got home after the class and it started to rain!

Q: How lucky were we?  Answer: very.

Luckily we were in our covered space & stayed dry for Wednesday’s 10am class at the Padel Court.  You just never know with the weather!

Last week was cold and even though we were outside again on Thursday evening for fitness yoga, it was dry, ok not as nice/warm as Tuesday but it was fine and … we did it, yay!

We’ve had lots of layers on & had gloves on too but it’s been so nice to get outdoors & exercise together again.  Thank you to you all for coming to our classes & I look forward to seeing you again this week for more.  Let’s hope for warmer weather though – that’d be a bonus.

Here’s a comment after last Thursday’s cooler (but still dry & nice) outdoor fitness yoga class:

“thank you for the classes.  So good to be back.  I said it last night but I would take a damp dull park every time over a stuffy church hall.  I absolutely love the outdoor classes – good for the body and mind.  Looking forward to the next ones” (thanks very much to CN)

Again reminding you that if/when we have to cancel an outdoor evening class at Paties Rd because of the weather, then we’d do either a live Zoom class at 6.15pm or a recorded class (which I usually send out at 4pm so plenty of time to do it before dinner or the next day).

Magnesium is a keystone mineral that plays a role in more than 300 enzymatic reactions in the body – and yet many of us are deficient.  It’s a bit like having a fuel tank where the warning light is always on.  Low levels can lead to a wide range of health issues, such as insomnia, menstrual cramps, anxiety and migraines.  This may help you understand how to maintain healthy magnesium levels:

Q: What are some of the benefits of magnesium?

A: Magnesium provides us with consistent, slow-release energy throughout the day, but then relax and soothe the body to promote a better night’s sleep.  It also helps the body absorb calcium which strengthens bones and teeth and it’s great for muscle recovery, joint stiffness and twitchy legs.

The modern ‘convenience’ diet of white processed grains, meat and dairy is largely to blame as it provides us with precious little magnesium.  Stress can also chip away at our natural levels.  To absorb magnesium effectively, we need to maintain our levels of other vitamins too, such as Vitamin B6 and Vitamin D.

There are lots of tasty magnesium-rich foods you can easily incorporate into your diet, such as pumpkin seeds, almonds, oats, buckwheat, avocado, brown rice, kelp, kale, figs and dates.  Be mindful of your coffee and alcohol intake though, as too much of either can deplete magnesium levels.

A lot of this info was taken from an article by Wild Nutrition who sell food-grown supplements.  I buy food-grown magnesium supplements from and apart from that, also like to add a handful of magnesium flakes in a bath to help me relax too.

A bit random but thought i’d take a photo of my pre-Fitness Yoga breakfast which was porridge, Brazil & hazelnuts, medjool date & blackcurrants & was delish.

If you’re wondering what to spices might have anti-inflammatory benefits or which teas to try or supplements to try for their anti-inflammatory effects, then have a look at this article which is about ginger, turmeric, cayenne pepper & cinnamon.

5 Spices to help with joint pain – Jan de Vries Healthcare

7 positive daily things to FOCUS on this week:

  • Monday all about self care. Have a bath, exfoliate, do a face mask, meditate.
  • Tuesday clean. Tackle a drawer, cupboard or shelf that you’ve been putting off, clean & organise.
  • Wednesday digital detox. Give yourself the night off from screen time.
  • Thursday delete. Go through old emails or messages & delete.
  • Friday donate. Donate items that you no longer use or need.
  • Saturday health. Make a healthy dinner tonight from scratch.
  • Sunday energize. Take a 20 minute walk or get outside in the fresh air.

I like the following little insights and thought you might:

It’s not what you do, it’s how you do it.  It’s not what you see, it’s how you look at it.  It’s not how your life is, it’s how you live it.

Look for something positive in each day, even if some days, you have to look harder!

Growth is a continuous process.


What you think, you become.  What you feel, you attract.  What you imagine, you create – Buddha


  • that there’s no need to book an outdoor class space as max numbers are now 30 outdoors so just come & join us but if you want to book, you can, no problem either way.
  • It’s important to ALWAYS keep me/Susan updated with any health issues, any injuries, illness, if on any medication or a change of medication or anything else that I should be aware of re health, fitness or your wellbeing, thanks.
  • Don’t come to a class if you feel unwell, just stay home & take care of yourself & seek medical advice if necessary.

I hope that you enjoyed reading this week’s newsletter.  Let me know your thoughts and email me any comments/feedback about the newsletter, our classes or anything else.

I look forward to seeing you this week for more fitness, strength, flexibility and fun either in our outdoor classes at Thistle Padel (Adidas) Court & also Paties Rd (and online when we can’t get outdoors or if you still want a Tue/Thurs online class?).  Here are the class details:

This week’s classes……








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