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Complementary Fitness News 25 Jan

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Thank you so much for joining our classes last week & I hope that you’ll join us again this week too – it wouldn’t be the same with you so get booked up in one (or more) of our classes.  I look forward to seeing you online.

Wow, another fantastic comment and this time, about last week’s Wednesday 10am live Zoom class.  With kind permission, I’m sharing it here with you:

“I have to say I am really enjoying the classes! 

I’m so pleased you are doing this – I just wish I had done it previously. 

Exercise definitely makes you feel better and better able to cope with life and all that it is throwing at us.  I do daily walks but it’s so nice to have a ‘class’ on the go as well but the most exciting thing of all is to have something in the calendar!

Thanks again Susan, see you next week”.

Even though January is usually a time for making plans, setting targets & goals and even though this is the last week in January, we can still keep on track and on target with the plans those plans.  You might usually/or be thinking about cutting back on junk food, caffeine, alcohol (ie Dry January), aiming to lose a few pounds, trying to exercise a bit more, ensure you get your daily 5 (or 10) a day veg & fruit count or planning to relax and stretch or get outside more.  Whatever your goals are, and maybe you’ve got more than one, we can still achieve these by taking one step at a time.  It would be hard to go all-out and change everything overnight so stay positive, keep moving forward and to a healthy lifestyle.

Our gut microbiome plays an important role in mood regulation, reduced stress, health, immunity and the gut-brain connection. 

The gut and brain are connected via a network of nerves and they work together to make sure that the body functions efficiently.  Gut health is not only important for our immune system but it also plays a vital role in brain health.

Most of the bacteria in the gut are beneficial and as we’ve said, help support our immune system but also protect the body against pathogens and assist with food digestion and vitamin production.

The neurotransmitter serotonin stabilises mood and feelings of wellbeing but did you know that even though serotonin is produced in the brain, 90% of the body’s serotonin supply is found in the gut!  When our gut is not working as it should, it can lead to issues including low mood and anxiety.

Exercise has shown to have a positive impact on gut bacteria as well as strengthen the gastrointestinal system and improve constipation and digestion.

Probiotic fermented foods (ie sauerkraut, kimchi, tempeh, miso, kombucha etc) improve healthy good bacteria in our gut and prebiotic foods (asparagus, onions, garlic, artichokes etc) help to feed the gut with good bacteria.

So to improve our gut microbiome, we might consider eating more pre and probiotic foods, eating more fibre, exercising – ok we do that anyway in our online classes but good to get outdoors more too and get some fresh air (‘she says… typing away on the laptop to get this newsletter to you but I will get out for some lovely January sun & fresh air soon.. I’m digressing), reduce stress, get good quality sleep, stay hydrated and cutting down on or avoiding alcohol and caffeine.

Did you know that magnesium is critical for healthy bones and joints? 

It’s part of the skeleton and we need it to repair muscles and also to ease tension.

Foods that contain magnesium include: legumes, nuts, seeds, wholegrains, mackerel, spinach, avocados, bananas and dark chocolate.

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