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Complementary Fitness News 11 June

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I look forward to seeing 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.

I thought you might be interested in this the truth about fibre article which also has 10 fun facts about fibre:,5OLUP,RNVDDP,M46NE,1
there are also lots of great healthy recipe ideas at

I was given an article in The Times (thanks Kay) which was about Men and Yoga and part of the article said: ‘practise yoga and life becomes not so much about push-push-push but ease-ease-ease. Easing into something that may for the moment be beyond your reach, but one day, if you keep on easing, won’t be’ and ‘yoga is inward, not outward, it’s patience, not impatience, it’s a journey, not a destination’. Yoga for everyone (men and women) involves balance, postures, lunges and squats, variations, core and spine strengthening postures, breath work, isometric exercises. It cultivates strength and flexibility and also helps us to relax and focus.
I know for me, Fitness Yoga is a practice and practice may not ‘make perfect’ but it’s good to continue to strive for more strength, flexibility, focus, stress-relief and relaxation in life.
If yoga is good enough and helps athletes like Andy Murray and Rory McIlroy, it’s good for everyone – so come on guys, come and join us on our yoga mats.

Good to remember that consistency is the key – even on those days when we don’t feel like exercising, don’t feel like doing anything or don’t seem to have the motivation, Just Do It, you’ll feel better for it, you won’t regret it.

I was reading about potassium, it’s benefits, how much we need and what foods contain potassium and on Dr Axe’s website it says that it’s ‘an essential nutrient used to maintain fluid and electrolyte balance in the body.
It’s also the third most abundant mineral in the body and a required mineral for the function of several organs, including the heart, kidneys, brain and muscular tissues. Potassium also plays an important role in keeping the body hydrated and works with sodium to support cellular function with your body’s sodium-potassium pump’. Symptoms of low potassium can include headaches, dehydration and heart palpitations. The article goes on to give a list of 10 potassium-rich foods which are:
Avocados, squash, spinach, sweet potato, wild caught salmon, dried apricots, pomegranate, coconut water, white beans and banana – great and everything that I like and eat apart from salmon although I do sometimes take Eskimo oil capsules.

Are you going to get into picnic mode over the summer yourselves and in the school holidays with the kids?
When we’ve been out and about on these lovely sunny days, we’ve had picnics out in various places with our wee granddaughter and she loves it. It’s so easy to pack tubs of hummus or pea and avo dips, maybe some lentil or bean salad, some cherry tomatoes, green salad or cooked and cooled veg and/or some tubs of lovely olives.
I have some of those small Kilner jars and fill them with coconut yoghurt (it can be dairy tho), some gluten free granola or sliced banana and top with fresh berries. On not so hot days, we take flasks of home made soup too – do you do the same?

Did you know that The British Nutrition Foundation’s Healthy Eating Week is on 11 – 15 June. It’s all about raising awareness, and how to eat more healthily and, living a better life thanks to this. Specifically, the BNF want to encourage and promote, healthy eating and drinking habits, being physically active, food provenance and cooking from scratch as opposed to eating out and ready-made, processed food – all sounds good to me.

Today/this week also sees the start of Diabetes Week, Cervical Screening Awareness Week, Carers Week and Mens Health Week. There’s a lot happening this week!

Another reminder that:
• classes finish up on Thursday 28 June (7pm Fitness Pilates/Yoga class still on)
• no Fitness Yoga class on Fri 29 June
• classes also off 3, 4, 5 & 6 July (I’m having a week’s break)
• classes start back on Tue 10 July 7.30pm
• all classes in Craiglockhart Church Hall on Tue, 10, Wed 11, Thurs 12 & Fri 13 July because of maintenance work in the Loan Hall just that week.

Let me know how you’re getting on with your fitness and our workouts – thanks.

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.

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