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Complementary Fitness 7 November newsletter

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Welcome to this week’s newsletter & updates:

Did you know that as we age, the hippocampus, the part of the brain that sorts and stores information, loses volume.  According to studies, aerobic exercise can actually improve this essential region of the brain that is so closely involved in cognition


and …. exercise makes us feel better, it’s great for our mental health, gives us more energy to do what we need to do, whether it’s looking after kids or grandkids, get our work done and be productive.  We also want to stay in shape and keep ourselves moving, healthy and active for as long as we can.  I heard this the other day: ‘exercise doesn’t take time; it makes time’.  I like it.

I thought I’d share this tweet from @drmarkhyman about how to naturally increase dopamine:

  • Eat a diet consisting of real, whole food
  • Avoid or limit processed sugary food
  • Meditate daily
  • Exercise regularly
  • Spend time outdoors
  • Practice gratitude
  • Get good quality sleep
  • Limit time spent on your phone


We got a great comment about our Thursday fitness Pilates class last week – well, the comment was actually about the after-effects ie that the person had enjoyed a great sleep that night because he’d exercised and stretched in our class.  Good to know, thanks.

Keep your comments coming.

‘Handles’ have been introduced to Youtube and I’ve created one making it easier to find my channel.  So all you have to do, once you’ve logged in to is add: /@complementaryfitness ie


Here’s a link to a video of the Enchanted Forest, Pitlochry which was filmed by Bryce (Tue class) and he’s given his permission to share it with you here.  As he says in the video description: ‘The Enchanted Forest is a Sound and light event that takes place around Faskally Loch near Pitlochry each Autumn.  Covid had meant that there were no shows in 2020 or 2021 so it was great to have it back with the theme of being together again’  Enjoy


Fancy £15 off your first order of vegan a great quality organic protein powder, superfood powders or protein bars?  Use the referral code (copy & paste into browser)


There are also recipes and info posts about protein, why organic, hydration etc here inc a great recipe for a choc orange protein dessert:

BodyMe Journal – valuable posts and videos on vegan protein


You know how I love food (ha, isn’t it obvious?)  I’m always thinking about it, eating it of course (too much, too often), anyway, here are 5 berry recipes and how to use them

5 Healthy Berry Recipes & How to Use Berries | Food Revolution Network


You’ll also know that I love organic, herbal, ‘the good stuff’ and I love matcha as well as herbal teas too.  We were in Locavore, 118 Dalry Road last week for a delicious bowl of soup and also bought some loose tea (& other stuff).  Anyway, I hadn’t heard of seatea before but bought some of their sea chai blend – ‘a gentle invigorating mix of, among other things: star anise, cardamom, spearmint and dulce seaweed’.  It’s delicious.

For more of their tea blends and info, here’s their website: Sea Tea


Oh where’s the time going?  Including this week, there are 6 weeks of classes including our Tuesday & Thursday candlelight classes in December starting from/on Thurs 1 Dec.

A wee while yet and still loads of time to get in shape, build, maintain, improve muscle strength and flexibility but fyi, we finish our 2022 classes on Fri 16 Dec.


Reminder that you can pay for classes:

With cash ie £6 per class

Directly into my bank account

Using my SumUp card machine.


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.

I look forward to seeing you and working out with you this week.

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