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Complementary Fitness 4 September newsletter

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Welcome to this week’s newsletter & updates:

Wow, September and the last third of the year has arrived.

Last week, I saw a chart which had a list of the components of a healthy life which included (and not in any particular order of importance):

  • Physical activity
  • Healthy nutrition
  • Brain training
  • Restorative sleep
  • Emotional-spiritual wellness
  • Meaning and connection
  • Stress management
  • Toxin reduction
  • Supplements
  • Medical management


I also read that to achieve optimum health and mind, some key components of brain health include:

  • Nutrition (very important)
  • Gut health
  • Time restricted fasting (at least 12 hours with no food between dinner and breakfast)
  • Stress reduction
  • Sleep
  • Sense of purpose, family, community
  • Brain stimulation, training & learning.


They’re all so important but even just taking one of those components eg sleep and whether we get enough restorative sleep or whether we struggle night after night, it can have a huge effect on our physical activity ie whether we want to get up, exercise and move or whether we just want to sit and binge watch tv.

We feel better in ourselves when we sleep well and consistently well, we feel more alert, happier and feel we’re able to tackle anything.

Conversely, when we don’t have enough quality sleep, not enough hours or wake several times during the night, it can affect our cognitive health and we can be susceptible to colds and viruses.

Now that we’re into Autumn, I’ve already had a few days of having the cold virus and it’s affected me so I have to look at all of these aspects and components of health again.


What aspects of health do you concentrate on?

What are non-negotiable and

What are things that can be improved upon?

Please let me know.

In last week’s newsletter, we talked about brain chemicals and I found a list of 4 of them that make us feel happy, what they are and how we can get them:

  • Endorphin – the pain killer. We can get this by exercising, eating a good meal, eating dark chocolate and getting a massage (not at the same time, ha)
  • Serotonin, the mood stabilizer and we can get this by walking in nature, sun exposure, meditating and through journaling.
  • Dopamine, the reward chemical can be achieved by celebrating little wins, achievements and completing a task, getting enough sleep and doing self-care activities
  • Oxytocin, the love hormone and we can feel this when we play with or care for a baby, do random acts of kindness, talk to someone we love or playing with a pet.


I also saw this tweet from @powerofpositivity which says that:

Happiness is the new rich.

Inner peace is the new success.

Health is the new wealth.

Kindness is the new cool.


I’ve said this to some of you before but thought I’d say it again as a reminder and something to think about (positively):


Whether you believe that you can or believe that you can’t do something, you’re right.

So be positive, think BIG and know that you can do whatever it is, and you will, anything’s possible.


I also like this quote: “If you’re serious about changing your life, you’ll find a way.

If not, you’ll find an excuse” (Jen Sincero)


I’d like to do a kind-of survey to find out what your motivation is for coming to our classes and again, please let me know by email or in person, thanks.


Is it that you want to get fit or continue to keep fit and improve your fitness levels?

Maybe to continue or to improve your lifestyle.

Is it because our classes are local, convenient and you don’t have to walk or travel far?

Is it because you’ve been coming to my classes for X amount of months or years and like the variety and knowing that you’re a valued member of Complementary Fitness (I hope that you do, it’s true).

Do you like the community and friendly aspect to our classes and come along with a friend for encouragement?

It may be a habit, a good habit that you want to continue for as long as you can.


In any case, and maybe there are a few ticks and yes’s for you from the examples above, but please let me know.  When you read this emailed newsletter, please email me back with your comments and motivations.


I can’t wait to continue to exercise together so we can all benefit from fitness, movement and activity, improving our body and mind connections and to each other.


I hope that you’ll still be ‘on board’ and that you’ll join us this week/soon – even if you haven’t been to our classes before or haven’t been in a while.

September is a good time to start or re-start (and continue)

Easiest and best way that you can pay for classes:

  • With cash ie £6 per class (always best and I have change)
  • Directly into my bank account (if you don’t have my details, email me and I can give you my sort code & business account number).
  • Alternatively, using my SumUp card machine (although sometimes, it seems to ‘play up’!!)


Remember to let me know if you have any comments, news and keep me updated with anything that’s happening with you ie health-related stuff, goals, achievements etc.


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