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Complementary Fitness News 24 July

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Join us Edinburgh Complementary Fitness classes this week.
All our Fitness Pilates, PiYo, Fitness Yoga & resistance/weights classes in Craiglockhart church hall, Edinburgh this week


All classes in Craiglockhart Parish Church Hall, Craiglockhart Drive North this week:






Interesting/Did you know that
as above, ALL CLASSES are in Craiglockhart Church Hall this week and I hope that you will join us there.

as well as regular exercise, eating a balanced diet is very important for a long and healthy life.
I’d say that getting enough sleep, relaxing, mindfulness and meditation are just as important too.
Meditation can help to keep your mind clear and sharp and even 10 mins a day can make a huge difference.
I used to use regularly and would thoroughly recommend the website and you can sign up for free for 10 mins a day for 10 days and there are other websites and books out there to help.

use your breathe to help you relax in class too. If you breathe in to prepare for an exercise or stretch, you’ll fill your lungs with more oxygen which will help our muscles. Then breathe out when doing the exercise/stretch. Never hold your breath – always a good tip!! ha

on NHS website, it says that:
‘If exercise were a pill, it would be one of the most cost-effective drugs ever invented’ and there are various exercise tips, info, guidelines and advice on

our bones are living tissue that can get stronger with weight bearing exercise ie walking, weigh training, lunging, squatting (woo hoo, all good so far), running, jogging, climbing stairs, dancing and sports such as tennis, badminton, squash etc. Exercising also allows us to build and maintain muscle strength, co-ordination and balance which then in turn, helps to prevent fractures and falls.

when stretching in the ‘inverted V/down dog’ position in yoga, gravity is working for us. Inverted poses like this are where the hips are above the heart or we can be lying on our back with the legs up towards the ceiling.
I’ve read that while inverted, elongation of the spine removes chronic gravitational pressure from the vertebrae. I hope that you’re ready for more inverted stretches and exercises this week. Remember the options too.

here’s another reminder that next Thurs, 3 Aug, our 7pm Fitness Pilates/Yoga class is in the Dell Room, Colinton Parish Church (coz the church have requested the Loan Hall as it’s bigger to host a group that evening).

I’ve mentioned this before but if you snack on nuts, it’s best to soak them in advance to release the enzyme inhibitors. When making almond milk, I always soak a cup or 1½ cups of organic almonds in a bowl of water overnight then drain and rinse the following day. Soaking ‘activates’ the nuts and is a great way to neutralize acidity and you get more nutritional benefit and nuts are more easily digested after soaking.
Almonds and walnuts need 12 hours or longer soaking but cashews need less time.
You can add soaked and rinsed nuts to smoothies or make your own muffins with them (or the nut meal if you’re making a nut milk first – easy).

I loved our first week of summer classes last week, loved seeing and catching up with you all and of course working out with you too. I’m really looking forward to this week’s classes too. Classes will be quieter coz of the holidays, everyone being away at different times etc but I hope that you’ll join us when you can and encourage your friends, colleagues etc to join us too. We did have a couple of ‘new people’ in our classes last week and they said that they really enjoyed the class and would be back – yeay that’s great, fantastic.

I always say this but … remember: ease into exercise, especially if you’re ‘new’. Take your time, don’t try and keep up with anyone else. Make it YOUR workout and remember that there are always options and remember to rest when you need to then join in again when you’re ready. Remember to ‘listen to your body’ too – exercise or the class may seem easy (or should I say ‘manageable’) in your first class/es but you’ll probably (aka definitely) ‘feel’ your muscles the following day or 2 days after. I know that as we’ve had a break for 3 weeks, that I definitely had muscle ache on Thursday!!! Don’t let any muscle ache put you off returning to our classes as your muscles will become stronger. After the first class, we don’t ‘feel it’ as much and our bodies, muscles and mind are also adapting and improving.

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