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Complementary Fitness 17 Sept Newsletter

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Hi and welcome to our 17 SEPTEMBER Newsletter
I hope you’ll join us this week/soon in our Fitness Pilates, Fitness Yoga & resistance/weights classes in Dreghorn Loan Hall, Colinton + Craiglockhart church hall, Edinburgh to help you improve your fitness, strength, stamina, core, posture and flexibility
All our Autumn class details and times are on the Classes page of my website.

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We’ve had more great feedback from a couple of people in our classes about the benefits of continued exercise for them and I thought I’d share what they told me with you (permission granted):
Mary W (Wed/Fri classes) told me that she recently had had annual overall check up and was told that she’d gained 10% strength since last year. Wow, that’s incredible, amazing and fantastic, well done Mary.
Mary (in her early 80s but looks much, much younger and is sooo fit) has exercised for years and for the last 20+ years or so, has been exercising in our classes. She told me that she attributes the strength gain down to her commitment to exercise and fitness.
I personally think that a 10% strength increases is amazing and just shows us what can be achieved over time. Well done Mary and thanks for sharing your great news with us.

Elaine S (Thurs/Fri) wants me to share with you that she’s noticed a huge improvement in her varicose veins because of exercise and wants others to know about varicose vein + exercise benefits.
Again, thanks for sharing Elaine and “keep exercising”.
Exercise is crucial for healthy veins but some forms of exercise are better for your veins than others.
Low impact exercise is said to help rather than high impact ie jogging or ‘pounding the pavements’ when running on hard surfaces. When you exercise, blood is pumped back to the heart from the veins in the foot and especially the calf muscle so having strong calf muscles is therefore good for circulation and helps prevent venous insufficiency.

Scientists at King’s College London have discovered a link between the strength of a person’s legs and the ability of their brain to resist the effects of ageing. The study suggests that simple lifestyle changes to boost our physical activity may help to keep us both mentally and physically healthy.’
An article on Dr Mercola’s website about the benefits of squats, says:
• Squats are mostly known as a leg exercise, but they promote body-wide muscle building
• Squats are also one of the best functional exercises out there, promoting mobility and balance and helping you complete real-world activities with ease
• Squats also help you to burn more fat, as one of the most time-efficient ways to burn more calories continually is by developing more muscle
• Squats have long been criticized for being destructive to your knees, but research shows that when done properly, squats actually improve knee stability and strengthen connective tissue
• Squats are one type of exercise that should be a part of virtually everyone’s fitness routine, as they provide whole-body benefits

The article says that the top 8 benefits of squats are:
1. Builds muscle in your entire body
2. Functional exercise makes real-life activities easier
3. Burns more fat
4. Maintain mobility and balance
5. Prevents injury
6. Boosts your sports performance – jump higher and run faster
7. Tone your backside, abs and entire body
8. Helps with waste removal

If you want to know more about squats, why we do them, how they’re good for you etc, then read the full article at

I’ve also done a short Squat Challenge video on my youtube channel and if you click on the link, you can try out some of the squat variations with us then join us in classes for more.

Please let me know how you’re getting on in our classes and what improvements you feel you’ve made in your fitness, diet and general lifestyle, thanks – I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you soon.

I look forward to seeing you and working out with you this week in Dreghorn Loan Hall and Craiglockhart Church Hall so that we can continue to improve on our fitness levels, strength, posture balance and flexibility together.

Take care

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