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Complementary Fitness 5 Aug news + updates

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Summer FITNESS & LIFESTYLE info, news & updates…

Did you know that:

Exercise not only changes your body.  It changes your mind, your attitude and your mood.

I always feel more focussed and much better after exercise – how about you?

Ok I know that sometimes, you’ll say to yourself ‘I’m too tired/ have a million (other) things to do/ it’s too hot or too cold or dark and it can feel like such an effort but … once your ‘get out there’ – whether it’s going for a walk or a run or coming to a class and you’ll feel so much better and be glad that you did make the effort.  As it says above, your mood changes: endorphins/feel good chemicals are released and you’ll notice that you’re not as stressed or tired as you’d thought.  Exercising in classes also has other benefits for us of socializing, chatting to and catching up with others  I can see the progress that’s happening over time with your fitness, strength and flexibility and how much more you can achieve but there’s progress happening all round us too, especially at the moment, when in ‘the Loan Hall’, it’s good to look out the windows and see progress, improvements and building work and to have a chat about that too.  It’s all good.  We’re all continuing to move forward, moving towards personal development goals which includes fitness and lifestyle.

Some quotes that I like and thought I’d share with you:

‘If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you’

‘Good things come to those who sweat’.

‘Eat to fuel your body, not to feed your emotions’

‘If you get tired, learn to rest, not quit’

‘Be stronger than your excuses’.

Oh and I came across this advice from a nutritionist the other day who suggests that we look down at our plate and ask ‘Is this going to make me feel good’?

Remember to keep yourself hydrated too and drink enough water – especially when we’re exercising and when the weather’s warm too.  It might be an idea to add a slice of lemon, lime or cucumber to a plain glass of (filtered) water to add a bit of flavour … just sayin’.

drinking water

Change of subject: on Friday afternoon, we went to a couple of Fringe shows and the first was 360 Allstars which was a-ma-zing and I’d highly recommend it.  It was a mix of DJ-ing, music, dance (hip-hop mostly) and acrobatic and strength moves which were done on a BMX bike and a massive hula hoop. 

The second show was Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers which were good too.  We’ve seen Taiko drumming shows before and this one was an all-female group and in Bijou which is the tent in George Street (a smaller venue than before).

We also walked from the Grassmarket, along King Stables Road, through Princes Street Gardens and stopped at the newly restored fountain where families and couples were stopping, taking photos of the fountain and the Castle in the background – it was such a lovely sunny day and such a great holiday atmosphere.

Princes St Gardens fountain and the Castle

On Tuesday, we’re going to see Ballet Boyz which is contemporary dance so we’re looking forward to that.

Have you seen anything yet?  Any recommendations you’d like to share with us?  If so, please let me know and I’ll pass on.

A friend and I were out for lunch at the weekend and we went to Broughton Deli café (which I’ve mentioned before) at 7 Barony Street (just down Broughton Street – which is off York Place – and not far down on the left hand side).  We both had scrambled tofu & spicy avocado with sautéed kale and mushrooms, nut dukkah, chilli and coriander and it was really delicious and I’d have it again… and again.

The café also has some recipes on their website if you want to look/try out:

It’s great to get ‘out and about’, do something different, enjoy a show (or 2…or ..) and enjoy coffee, lunch and some catch up time with a friend – especially when the sun’s out and everyone else is in town too enjoying the festival, the festival atmosphere etc too.

I’d like to hear from you so please give me any feedback about our classes, how you’re getting on, your diet and lifestyle, where you’re going on holiday, if you’ve got anything to share with us here ie interesting articles or tips, thanks.

This seems to be the last full week of the school summer holidays (for most schools) and I still hope to see you in as many classes as you can make.

I look forward to seeing you this week for more fitness, fun, exercise/stretch options & variations while we’re working towards improving our flexibility, strength, posture and balance too.  See you soon.


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