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Complementary Fitness 6 May News + updates

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Welcome to this week’s Complementary Fitness Pilates/Yoga + resistance training Colinton + Craiglockhart, Edinburgh classes. A list of our classes and venues is on the Classes where/when page, have a look and join us.

All of our usual classes are on this week but again, just to let you know that next week commencing Mon 13 May, there are no classes so that’s 14, 15, 16 + 17 May.  I’ll be doing lots of workouts and getting new exercise and fitness ideas and inspiration just for you – how kind is that?  ha 

Classes will then start back from Tue 21 May.  However, you’ll probably know by now that there’s a European Parliamentary Election on Thursday 23 May and Dreghorn Loan hall will be used as a polling station so will be unavailable for our class.  I’ve emailed the church about using The Dell Room, Colinton Parish Church instead and they say ‘it should be ok’ as the date is provisional – I’ll confirm when I know for definite.

Last year, we got tickets and went along to the Detox Health Beauty Festival which we really enjoyed.  It’s returning to Archerfield Walled Garden and is on Saturday 11 May from 10am – 5.30pm.  Details and info at

There will be talks, fitness classes, complementary treatments and much more.  Tickets are £35.

Have a look back at last week’s fitness newsletter for info re an alternative venue/space for Tuesday 7.30pm classes in June.  We’ll use Paties Road Recreation Grounds and work out outside for an hour with our mats.  So these ‘fresh-air workouts’ will be on Tue 4, 11, 18 & 25 June.  You’re ALL very welcome to come and join us   All of our other classes on a Wed & Fri 9.30am and Thurs 7pm will still be in Dreghorn Loan church hall as normal btw.

Fresh Air Workouts

Dr Mercola has a great article on his website about an introduction to high blood pressure. Search articles on

I also love MindBodyGreen website which is full of articles on health, fitness, lifestyle, beauty, parenting, mindfulness, food etc and I thought I’d pass on the details so that you can have a look through their website for yourself.

and here’s an article on intermittent fasting and who it might not be working for you..

Bryce (from our Tue/Thurs classes) took a photo of a poster which he thought I/we’d be interested in.  It says: Before you speak, THINK…

  • T = is it true?
  • H = is it helpful?
  • I = is it inspiring?
  • N = is it necessary?
  • K = is it kind?

It’s so simple, helpful and thoughtful too.  Thanks Bryce.

Diana (Wed class) also gave me an article that she read in The Times last week which was about stretching and the science of recovery.  The article asked what we do after a training session eg do we sink into a sofa and eat, do we use a foam roller to ease out any muscle aches, stretch or drink water, protein shakes or use electrolyte powders.  The author of the article said in a study a couple of years ago, that ‘regardless of whether athletes drank water, a sports drink or milk after strenuous exercise, as long as they drank some liquids with a meal, they restored their fluid levels’.  She also went on to say that more recent research at Lenman College in New York concluded that it’s important to consume protein and carbs after exercise but as long as we eat normally within 4-5 hours of exercising, there’s no rush and that real nutrient-dense food is better than protein bars and shakes. 

The article said that there’s some evidence that people who use a foam-roller after exercise report less muscle soreness.  The importance of getting adequate sleep was also discussed and that those who say they get by on 6 hours sleep a night, may be cognitively and physically impaired from a lack of sleep or sleep disruption.

If you want to read the article, it was in last Tuesday’s edition of The Times.

If you come across any interesting article, pieces of info re fitness, health or lifestyle, please pass them on to me and I’ll share them here in our newsletters – thanks very much.

Similarly, if you have any comments and feedback on our classes and would like to share them with everyone, please let me know.  Even if you just want to give your first name or initials or no name at all, please still share your comments with us, thanks.

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. 

Remember to keep me updated with your health and fitness goals and achievements and any comments, thanks.

And … remember that all classes are ON this week but NO CLASSES next week.

And, and … thank you so much for all the lovely comments and feedback from last week’s classes.

See you soon, take care


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