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Complementary Fitness News 17 July

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Hi and welcome back
Our Fitness Pilates, PiYo, Fitness Yoga & resistance/weights classes
in Colinton and Craiglockhart, Edinburgh start back this week from Tue 18 July

So join us to get results in our all level effective classes for men and women (except pregnancy) to help you improve your fitness, strength, stamina, core, posture and flexibility


Craiglockhart Parish Church Hall, Craiglockhart Drive North, Edinburgh

Classes in Dreghorn Loan Church Hall, Dreghorn Loan, Colinton




Interesting/Did you know that…
Yesssssss, woo hoo, our summer classes start back this week: on Tue 18 July in Craiglockhart Church Hall and Wed 19, Thurs 20 & Fri 21 July in Dreghorn Loan and I look forward to seeing you and working out with you – can’t wait.

I’ve been working on new music mixes for our summer classes and hope that you like them – let me know.

1) There are lots of options to make all the exercises, stretches and workouts easier or more challenging. We’ve been ‘off’ for 3 weeks so I’m going to really ‘feel it’ when we start back – or in 2 days time!

2) that ALL CLASSES next week are in Craiglockhart Church Large Hall – see last week’s Newsletter for info.

There are some really great, tasty, delicious and healthy recipes and ideas on these links. Just copy & paste to find out more: and on

did you know that exercise stimulates your pituitary gland and hypothalamus to release endorphins which in turn provides you with the feeling of happiness?
I’m more than happy (ha ha!) and can’t wait to get back to exercising with you this week.

I love drinking green tea and have read that it contains a plant vitamin (EGCG) that helps promote focus and calmness. We’ll be encouraging focus and calmness as well as core and breathing in our classes this week.

You’ll know that we need about 8 hours of sleep a night. The latest research says that not enough sleep can make us feel hungry and can lead to overeating and weight gain. I’ve also read that chronic, inadequate sleep can lead to insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes! I hope that you have a great pre-bedtime routine and that you sleep well. I try to avoid watching the news or violent programmes or films in the evening and know that if I drink more than a small glass of red wine at the weekend, I don’t sleep as well. I’d never drink coffee (even decaff) or eat dark chocolate in the evening either as I know I wouldn’t sleep and sleep is more important to me than dark choc (well … at that time of night – saying nothing about mid-morning!).

When making a smoothie, I often add a banana to make the smoothie creamier and thicker. Bananas are a great pre-bedtime snack too as they have natural levels of serotonin and melatonin which help to calm our nervous system. They also contain magnesium.
When making a smoothie in the evening, ie when I come in from a Tue or Thursday evening class, I’ll get my Nutribullet or blender, add in almond milk, a banana, some organic oats and maybe a pinch of cinnamon and blend.
The magnesium can help relax muscles, prevent restlessness and help in getting a good night’s sleep.
Cinnamon is great for stabilising blood sugar and it’s been found to reduce the risk of cardiovascular damage associated with a high fat diet according to research.
The American Heart Assoc study says that cinnamon works by activating the body’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory systems, slowing the rate at which we store fat.
I think that bananas, oats, almond milk & cinnamon are a great combination.

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