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Complementary Fitness 20 Sept News

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Welcome to this week’s news & updates:

You’ll know that last week, I emailed you to say that there’s a delay in getting back into Craiglockhart Church Large Hall because of extra paperwork on their part but the minister said they’re aiming to open the hall w/c 27/9 so for us, it means we can get into Craiglockhart Church Large Hall again on Tuesday 28 Sept for our Fitness Pilates class at 7.30pm and I can’t wait to see you.

If however, I hear that there’s another delay, I’ll let you know as soon as possible but I’m hopeful that we’ll get into Craiglockhart Church on 28 Sept.  Keep everything crossed.

BIG news:

This Thursday 23 September our 7pm Fitness Pilates/Yoga class is on in Dreghorn Loan Hall (DLH) yayyyy, it’s been confirmed and I look forward to welcoming you back to DLH for our first indoor class in 18 months or so.

I can’t wait to see you and to build up our fitness, strength & flexibility with you in our indoor evening classes.

Remember though that if you’re joining us, please let me know in advance by email ( and I can add you to either class list so that your space is guaranteed.  Some of you have already emailed to say you’re joining us, thanks.

I’m required to take pre-bookings for EVERY indoor CLASS so I know how many are coming.

Please also ensure that you return your completed Booking Checklist to me electronically.

If you didn’t get the recent email with the Booking Checklist as an attachment, please let me know.

You can easily download the Booking form from my website, it’s on the Forms page as a pdf.  Please download this pdf version as it’s on one page, fill in and return to me if you’re joining either indoor venue on a Tue/Thurs.

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If you download from the pdf as above, but can’t forward it to me, please still download, fill in and bring with you to class.

Also, if you don’t have access to a printer, please let me know and I’ll bring some Booking Forms with me to class for you to fill in.

Not sure if you know but today starts Recycling Week (20-26 Sept)

Recycle Week is Recycle Now’s flagship annual event which is a celebration of recycling across the nation.  Now in its 18th year, it’s the one week of the year where retailers, brands, waste management companies, trade associations, governments and the media come together to achieve one goal: to galvanise us the public into recycling more of the right things, more often.

Find out more at: Recycle Week Campaign | Recycle Now

On the subject, thanks to Sue who told me that Tesco, Colinton Mains are collecting any soft plastic film, crisp bags, fruit & veg packaging, bread bags etc.

I love reading through Waitrose Health mag for ideas, inspiration and recipes and in the Autumn copy, there’s an article about grains and how they boost our nutrient intake and support digestive health.  We’re all advised to swap white varieties of bread, pasta and rice for whole grain varieties and the reason is that they contain more nutrition than white.  Wholegrains include bran (which contains B vitamins, fibre and trace minerals), the germ (containing essential fats) and endosperm (contains carbs, protein and a small amount of minerals and vitamins).  The articles says that the milling process gives white rice & bread it’s pale appearance because the bran and germ are removed as well as the nutrients they contain.  So if you swap for wholegrains, you’ll not only increase your fibre intake (recommendation is to have 30g fibre/day), support gut bacteria as well as increasing vitamin & mineral intake.  Regularly eating wholegrains as part of a healthy lifestyle can also reduce the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

We’ll often soak quinoa overnight (we like the multi colour variety) and cook it the following day and add cooked veg through it (leeks, onions, garlic, mushrooms, peppers, maybe aubergine) and even just add in some cooked chickpeas or red kidney beans and mix through.  We love adding a drizzle of tahini over too (a thick paste made from sesame seeds) for creaminess, more nutrition incl healthy fats.  If you have left over wholegrains, add them into soups or on top of soups or in stews and wraps.

We had our grandkids on Sunday and we took them down into the Dell and took a container so that they could help in collecting some berries.  They love fresh berries so when we got back home, we washed them and they had some over their yoghurt.  Happy days – free food, foraging, exercise, walking and fun.

Just to remind you that NHS advice is to take 10 micrograms (400IU) of vitamin D every day between October and early March when we don’t get the same amount of immune-boosting vit D from sunlight as we do in the summer.

I hope that you enjoyed this week’s newsletter

I look forward to hearing from you and also seeing you in a class/classes this week.

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