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Complementary Fitness 18 Oct Newsletter

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Just to let you know or remind you that our Wednesday & Friday classes are at 9am this week in Thistle Padel Court (school holidays) so that’s Wed 20 & Fri 22 Oct).

BIG news/the latest:

Well, after much deliberating, back & forth, reviewing the pros and cons (loads of them and a million times), deciding then changing my mind several times, I’ve decided to go back to Dreghorn Loan Hall (DLH) on a Wednesday & Friday morning and look forward to seeing you next week at 9.30am – our ‘old, usual time & place’ from Wed 27 & Fri 29 October.

Why?  There were many reasons to stay at the Padel Court (fresh air, lovely views) but obviously the weather will change soon.  It’ll get colder, it might snow at some point although hopefully, not soon.

Even though the side panel has been down at Adidas Padel Court for the past 2 or 3 weeks and it’s made a difference, when it’s windy or even raining a bit, you really hear it.

In fact, one Wednesday recently, it sounded like it was raining extremely heavily, you could hear it so loudly on the tarp roof.  However, when we looked out, it actually wasn’t like that AT ALL!  We were all really surprised that it just sounded so bad.  I had to speak/shout louder to be heard.  It was like when you’re in a caravan and it rains – sounds worse than it is.  I’m sure that over the next few weeks/months, we’ll get more of this kind of wintery weather.

So anyway, I thought that over the winter, we’d be back in DLH where it’ll be drier and warmer until March next year and then probably go back to the Padel Court when the weather is nicer and hope this is ok with you.

I know it’s always hard to please everyone so I’m sorry if you’re one that wanted to brave it out, put extra layers incl gloves, a hat, jacket etc at the Padel.

TBH one lady who was playing padel tennis in the other court when our class was on, spoke to me at the end and said that they feel they have to consciously be much quieter when they’re playing so as not to disturb our fitness yoga class.  She said they’d normally ‘go for it’ but feel that they have to be quieter.  I felt bad.

I do wonder if sometimes our music puts some players off their game when they look over!  who knows?  I did ask that same lady and she said No but others may have a different opinion!

I do feel that the net in the middle separates us (good/bad thing?) but that is how it is.

When you think about it: we were always going to return to DLH when ‘things got back to normal’.  When we could only exercise together outside, we were just so lucky to eventually find and book the Padel Court, even if just in the mornings.  We’ll be back though I’m sure.

As in our evening classes, the same applies to our 9.30am Wed/Fri indoor classes: please let me know in advance if you want a space so that I know how many are coming (just email me).

Please also download, fill in, return (by email if you can) your Booking Checklist form.

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If you can’t return it electronically, print it & bring with you.

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Just thinking/advance notice:

Usually we have a Halloween Workout where we bring a pumpkin to our Wednesday class and use that as a weight.  Some of us have in the past, also ‘dressed up’ in a Halloween outfit, even if just a mask, pointed hat, orange top so feel free to bring a pumpkin and dress up for our Halloween Workout on Wed 27 Oct at 9.30am in DLH.

Put the notification, date, time & venue in your diary/calendar.

Some inspiring thoughts & quotes that I thought I’d share with you:

Fitness is like a relationship.  You can’t cheat and expect it to work.

Start where you are.  Use what you have.  Do what you can.

Yoga adds years to your life and life to your years.

Sometimes a workout is all the therapy you need.

You can’t always control what goes on outside.  But you can always control what goes on inside.

A little progress each day adds up to BIG results.

You don’t get 100% results with only 50% commitment.


You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream (CS Lewis)

I was reading YourHealthyLiving online mag and there are great articles, tips, recipes etc in this free mag.  One was about effective ways to improve fitness and said that researchers have discovered that moderate-vigorous physical exercise is the most effective way to improve fitness, as opposed to simply walking or reducing time spent sedentary.

The team from Boston Uni School of Medicine who conducted the study over some years found that specifically, exercise was 3 times more efficient than walking alone and at least than 14 times more efficient than reducing the time spent sedentary.

Another of their articles about the link between sleep, behaviour & diet said that good sleep-time recovery is associated with a healthy diet and healthy eating habits as well as with lower consumption of alcohol, according to a new study by researchers from the Uni of Eastern Finland.

The researchers studied ‘psychologically distressed’ and ‘overweight’ participants and recorded their alcohol consumption, the quality of their diets and eating behaviour.  According to their findings, better psychological recovery was associated with a healthier diet and lower alcohol consumption.

Participants with a good stress balance reported better overall diet quality, higher fibre intake, stronger dietary self-control and lower alcohol consumption than those with a poorer stress balance.

So I guess that the take-away (no pun intended) message is ensure we get good quality sleep every night, eat a quality nutritious healthy diet and moderate/cut down alcohol intake.

In recent newsletters, we’ve been talking about recycling, repurposing reusing etc and I just love these ideas of donating items of clothing, household items etc to charity or locally to churches (we donate a lot of stuff to St Nicholas church at the bottom of Wester Hailes Rd/on the corner of Calder Road).  Anyway, I don’t like to think of the amount of ‘stuff’ that’s in landfill but I’m guilty of doing just that myself although trying to be more conscious about this.

In our bid to reduce waste, reducing our carbon footprint, even if just turning off the lights when we leave a room, walking instead of driving when we can, everyone’s talking about sustainability for ourselves and the planet.

I hate the idea of throwing out those plastic wrappers that you sometimes can’t seem to avoid ie when you buy bananas, apples etc and have taken and dropped off a couple of bags-full of these wrappers to Tesco, Colinton Mains where they have a ‘Soft Wrapping’ big bin in the entrance to the store.  I wish Sainsbury’s would do this too, maybe I’ll ask (again).

I know it would be ideal to grow our own fruit & veg but that’s not always possible.

I think I mentioned previously (maybe it was in a Facebook post?) that we’ve been to Fruittivendolo, 110a Dalry Road, which is an Italian greengrocer that opened last month.

It’s a lovely store and all their fruit & veg is 100% organic.  We’ve bought lovely courgettes, aubergines (wait till you see the big round fat ones, stripey or long thin aubergines!), peppers, delicious tomatoes which again, are all different shapes, colours & sizes.

They also sell bread, pasta, pastries, fresh herbs etc.  Worth a visit.

I’m so looking forward to Locavore opening up in 118-126 Dalry Road too (where the old Maplin store was).  They’re a social enterprise supermarket and have been around since 2011 (with shops in Glasgow) with local produce, organic foods and zero waste refills.  They’re now coming to Edinburgh soon and I can’t wait for them to open and to visit.

I read that ‘The Glasgow sites are well known for their milk vending machine, peanut butter maker and even the ability to mill your own flour, so the Edinburgh site will surely be filled with these and much more’.

I’ll let you know when I hear more or what I thought and bought when they open.

Please continue to pre-book your place in all of our indoor DLH or Craiglockhart Church classes, by emailing me and I’ll reserve your space.

Please always remember to wear a face covering when entering and leaving church halls and also when/if moving around the hall ie moving from hall to toilets and back.  Face covering not required while exercising.

Please pay for classes by contactless or insert your card using my card machine in class and you can also bank transfer the money to my account too – I can give you my sort code & bank details.  Or £5 cash but card/bank transfer preferred.

Again, please also ensure that you return your completed Booking Checklist to me electronically if you’re attending any indoor class.

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If you have any difficulties emailing your completed Booking Form or printing it off, please let me know.  I’ll bring a few blank Booking Forms with me anyway

I hope that you enjoyed this week’s exercise/food/lifestyle inspired newsletter with lots of links to click on and find out more.

I look forward to hearing from you and also seeing you in Craiglockhart Church, Thistle Padel Court (at 9am this week) and Dreghorn Loan Hall.  All change next week.

Please click on the Classes page for class times & details for this week.

See you soon, Susan x