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Complementary Fitness 27 June Newsletter

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Just to remind that our Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday classes are ON this week:

ie Tuesday at 7.30pm for fitness Pilates, Wednesday 9.30am for our general fitness & resistance bodyweight/band/weights workout and on Thursday 7pm for fitness yoga/Pilates

and I’m sure that you’re aware that there are NO classes on 1, 5, 6, 7 or 8 July.

After a wee mini break, we’re then back on Tue 12 July onwards and all classes are on and back as usual.


Reminder about water and hydration:

A 2-3% decrease in brain hydration can seriously impact brain performance and memory.  Some great advice: pre-hydrate before a workout and always keep water with you, especially when exercising.


Did you know that 60% of the brain is fat?

So keeping it lubricated with olive oil, avocados, nuts, seeds and oily fish is key.  This is one essential fat your body can’t produce itself, so if you don’t eat adequate oily fish or, like me don’t eat fish, I take Pure Strength Omega 3 (from to keep me topped up.

Today starts World Wellbeing Week which is now in it’s 4th year and is about providing the opportunity for everyone to celebrate the many aspects of wellbeing, from meaningful, purposeful work to financial security, physical, mental and emotional health, social resilience and empathic corporate and civic leadership, community relations and care for the environment.  Wellbeing has never been so important to our lives and livelihoods.

The pandemic has meant we’ve all had to change and adapt mentally and physically and brought with it different ways of thinking and a new-found resilience.

What does wellbeing mean to you?  Which aspects of it are the most important?  Let me know.

Over recent years being sedentary has been linked to things like weight gain, developing diabetes and cardiovascular issues and we’re encouraged to reduce the more time we spend sitting.  Even though modern lifestyles ie driving, working at a desk, sitting on the sofa etc mean that we are seated, it’s become a real problem.  Researchers in Finland found reducing sedentary behaviours by as little as 50-minutes a day can have a huge impact on our health.  They’ve said that it doesn’t have to be anything too strenuous either.  Standing while on the phone, using breaks to walk around, and completing an active task or chore all count towards the 50-minutes.

If we’re going in to town, we often either walk to Saughton tram stop or drive & park at Balgreen and get the tram in to St Andrews Square and rather than sitting down, I like to ‘surf’ ie stand, not holding on to the rails and use my core, legs, ankles & feet to activate more muscles and keep my balance.  It all adds up and counts (not that we’re in town a lot but we like to go in at the weekend for coffee and maybe lunch).

If you’re looking for lovely delicious, easy smoothie recipes (who doesn’t love a smoothie?), click on 43 Delicious Smoothie Recipes (+ Smoothie Tips!) – Minimalist Baker and get smoothie-ing.

Looking forward to seeing you & working out with you this week on Tue, Wed & Thurs only.

Take care, Susan x