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Complementary Fitness 6 June Newsletter

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Welcome to this week’s newsletter & updates:

Thanks for all the amazing & brilliant positive feedback and comments from last week’s classes which I totally appreciate ie “thanks for your preparation that makes your weekly classes so very different.  Thank you for your positivity in the class and encouraging comments that keep us going to the end” – aw thanks sooo much.

Tuesday fitness Pilates/hand weights, oops and apologies:

Last week, I suggested that if you want to use hand weights in our Tuesday fitness Pilates class, to bring them with you and use them, even for 5 or 10 mins.

Well, last Tuesday I brought my hand weights and some of you did too but …. I totally forgot to take them out of my bag in class and use them!

Yes they were with me, in class, in my bag.  What am I like? Backward lunge with bicep curls and no weights!!

Anyway, please bring your weights if you want to work with them (optional honest), and please remind me to use them to make that section of the class a bit more challenging – again, if you want to, no pressure.


If you search ‘exercise benefits’ on the web, you’re likely to find:

‘Exercise is any bodily activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health and wellness.  It is performed for various reasons, to aid growth and improve strength, develop muscles and the cardiovascular system, hone athletic skills, weight loss or maintenance, improve health or simply for enjoyment.  Many individuals choose to exercise outdoors where they can congregate in groups, socialise and improve wellbeing as well as mental health’.

Says it all.  Or does it?  What are your reasons for exercising, wanting to stay fit and active?  Let me know.

A heads up:

Just to let you know that our classes are on up and until/including Thurs 30 June then we start back on Tue 12 July onwards (and upwards over the summer and beyond, not just ‘infinity and beyond’ but nearly).

We don’t have classes on: 1, 5, 6, 7 or 8 July but until then, please join us in as many classes as you can coz it’s always great to see you & work out with you.


Hey guys:  a new study has revealed that men who switched to a healthy Mediterranean diet experienced a significant improvement in symptoms of depression.

A 12 week trial involving 72 men aged 18-25 was carried out and the diet used in the study was rich in colourful vegetables, legumes, wholefoods, oily fish, olive oil and raw unsalted nuts.  The focus was on these foods rather than fast foods, sugar and processed foods.

The chemical serotonin (which helps us feel happy) is made in the gut by gut microbes and these beneficial microbes communicate with the brain so you can see that eating a healthy diet, whether you’re 18-25, 25+, a man or woman, may help to reduce depression and help us feel better and happier.


More about happiness ie our happiness chemicals and how to get them:

  • Serotonin for good mood: clean up diet, practice gratitude, meditate
  • Dopamine for pleasure, reward: be creative, listen to music, learn something new
  • Oxytoxin for love: hugs, socialize, acts of kindness
  • Endorphins for feel good/stress release: exercise, dark chocolate, laughter


It’s World Ocean Day on Wed 8 June and the slogan is: ‘one ocean, one climate, one future – together and among other things, is about preventing plastic from being dumped into oceans.  Find out more at


‘Get On Your  Bike’ if you have one, or … borrow or hire one coz 6-12 June is International Bike Week and it’s all about you and the local community.  They want to encourage as many people as possible to get out there and enjoy their community by bike.  They want everyone to dream big and imagine how their community could be improved if everyone in it used their bikes more, together making it a better world by bike.

These last few years have seen a lot of change, many people took up cycling or rediscovered it, dusting off that old bike sitting in the shed to get out there again. Some for exercise, some for commuting to work, to go to the shops or even just to be able to see friends and family.  The bike can give everyone freedom, freedom to choose how to travel and how to live their lives better and healthier.

So this Bike Week from 6-12 June celebrate cycling to get out & about, exercise and enjoy.


Reminder that the Royal Highland Show is on 23-26 June.

Details at

A shortish newsletter this week but I still hope that you enjoyed reading it.

See you soon


Looking forward to seeing you & working out with you this week as always.

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