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Complementary Fitness 29 March News

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Our outdoor classes last Wednesday & Friday at the Padel Court were great & it was so good to be together & outdoors again.  OK Friday was really cold & breezy to say the least (I had 4 layers on!) but we were dry and it was fine.  We had soooo many positive, brilliant & amazing comments last week with everyone who attended saying that it was good to get back & see each other & exercise outdoors again.

Thanks to everyone who joined us in all of our classes last week.

14 places for our Wednesday 31 March at the Padel are booked already (unless someone who has booked can’t make it & a space becomes available.  If that happens, please let me know asap, thanks).

However, this Wednesday, I’m also going to do a recorded class for those who want one, or if you can’t get an outdoor space.  One or two of you are already on the recorded class list so please let me know if you’d like a space too.

You can do the same/a similar workout in your own home at a time that suits you on Wednesday.  I’d send out the recorded link at about 9.30am ish.

Let me know if you’d like a space in this week’s Friday 2 April outdoor class – at the moment, there are 2 or 3 spaces left.

Apart from this week’s Wednesday recorded class (as above), our Tuesday & Thursday fitness Pilates & fitness yoga classes are also recorded on Zoom so please continue to let me know if you’d like the recorded links for these classes & I’ll send them, thanks.

Reminder that next Wed 7 & Fri 9 April our outdoor classes start at 9am just for those 2 classes, just for next week because the Padel Courts have a junior holiday club booking.

A few weeks ago, I emailed you & asked you if 9am would be ok and quite a few replied to say yes so I’ve gone ahead with the outdoor 9am booking for those 2 mornings & look forward to seeing you at the earlier time.  We’ll need to get our skates on & be organised to get there early but then again, we finish early & have the rest of the day to hopefully enjoy some sunshine.

I’m not sure if I recently shared these potential strength training benefits with you already but if I have, they’re worth repeating:

Reversed ageing

Better insulin sensitivity

Reduced risk of muscle loss

Improved hormone function

Reduced risk of heart disease and stroke

Improved confidence

Reduced risk of osteoporosis

Reduced stress and anxiety

By @drchatterjeeuk

So with that in mind, I look forward to seeing you in one of our classes on Wednesday for core resistance strength training.

On a different note but still lifestyle related: have you been to the Royal Botanic Garden recently?  Someone said that they’d been recently and that you have to book your day and time.  At the time, I thought I must get booked up & go and am actually looking forward to going this Sunday (which is Easter Sunday).  It opens at 10am and you can book your timeslot for up for to 4 people (on the right side of the page) at

Once you book, you’re sent a confirmation email with your Eventbrite tickets by email so you can print off or show on your phone at either the East or West Gate.

RBGE (Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh) website also has info about Plants & Our Health which is a podcast mini-series exploring how plants and nature are critical for human health and wellbeing.

Plants and Our Health is a collaboration between RBGE and Not Another Science Podcast & episodes can be found under ‘Not Another Science Podcast’ on Spotify, the Apple Podcasts app, Google Podcasts and elsewhere.

I’ve been looking at quotes again & find them very inspirational and give me a boost.

If you like reading quotes too, here are some for you:

“surround yourself with what you are trying to become… not what you are trying to get away from” Aimee Halpin

“We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them” Epictetus


“When nothing is sure, everything is possible” unknown to me

A delicious before-bedtime smoothie recipe to promote a restful night’s rest that I came across on’s recipe page

In a nutribullet (or other blender), blend:

½ banana, ¼ cup oats, ¼ walnuts, 1 pitted date, ½ cup tart cherry juice, ½ cup milk of choice

& some ground cinnamon & enjoy.

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