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Complementary Fitness 9 April News

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I can’t wait to work out with you this week in our Fitness Pilates, Fitness Yoga & resistance/weights classes in Craiglockhart & Colinton, Edinburgh to help you improve your fitness, strength, stamina, core, posture and flexibility
All class details and times are on the Classes page of my website.

It’s the 2nd week of the Easter Schools Holidays and again, all classes are ON and I hope that you will still join us if you can.

I’ve noticed massive improvements in your fitness levels, fitness & flexibility over the last few weeks and I’m sure that you have too. Have you noticed that all our workouts can be quite challenging? Ha, I hear you say or ‘eh yeaaaaah definitely and challenging an under-statement’! You see, I only give you these exercises, stretches, options etc because I know you can do them. If we decided to give up exercise (possibly coz we think we don’t have time or it’s ‘too hard’) then we won’t be able to do what we do in class.
I’m sooo proud of you all and keep saying (and it’s true), you’re improving and progressing all the time.
I can see it week by week. Sooo impressive and I’m #soproud of you and grateful that you take part in our classes. It’s thanks to you that we’re still ‘going strong’ (ha, like it!!?) at Complementary Fitness after all these years (about 25 years actually).
Anyway, give yourselves a pat on the back, be proud of yourself and your achievements and keep up the great work (outs).

We need to make sure that you get enough good quality protein to help your body recover after workouts/exercise/training. If you eat eggs for protein, you can make yourself a 2 or 3 egg (organic, free range) omelette along with a salad, some avocado or cooked veg.

No excuses –
I’m too tired
I’ve got too much to do
It’s too early/too late
I can’t be bothered
The class is too hard/it’s getting harder
No ….. Just Do It. You’ll feel better during/after, honest. There are always easier options
DOn’t quIT

I like this: ‘don’t decrease the goal – increase the effort’.

and fill in the missing blank in the middle letter of: F . T BODY, it’s your choice.

Did you know? A 60 minute workout is just 4% of your day.
It’s a slow process but giving up won’t make it speed it up and small progress is still progress.

I’ve tried a couple of 2 ingredient recipes before (2 eggs + 1 banana makes pancakes) and thought you might like to try these easy and quick recipes too on the website
I made the banana bread biscuits using 2 bananas and 1 cup of oats – ok I didn’t stick to just the 2 ingredients as I added some ground cinnamon + 2 tsp PB too and just to let you know that they were lovely. They only took minutes to prepare and 13-15 mins in the oven.

I might try them next time with some grated 85% dark choc instead of the peanut butter – who knows?

I’d added the ground cinnamon in because I like the taste but also because I know it’s good to stabilise blood-sugar levels but I was reading about a controlled study where scientists found 13 health benefits after they’d given healthy men and women increasing doses of cinnamon over the course of 3 months. Results showed significant decrease in blood pressure, lowering of total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol. Findings in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine said that it’s one of the most beneficial spices because of the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-microbial, immunity-boosting and potential cancer and heart disease protecting abilities.
I know that oats can increase your soluble fibre intake and help you to feel fuller for longer too. Soluble fibre is also found in quinoa, milled flax and chia seeds, psyllium, beans, pulses, veg and whole fruits with their skin on.

Jennifer who comes to our Friday Fitness Yoga class is a very talented artist and she belongs to Holyrood Art Club and they’re having their Annual Exhibition in Greyfriar’s Kirk, Greyfriars Place on Sat 14 + Sun 21 April.
You’re welcome to go along and have a look at (and buy) all the art on display by various people in the art club. Admission is free.
Details at

I look forward to seeing you and working out with you this week so that we can continue to improve on our fitness levels, strength, posture balance and flexibility together.

Contact me by email: (type: ‘Pilates/Yoga or Fitness’ in the heading thanks).