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Complementary Fitness News 6 Feb

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Newsletter 6 FEBRUARY 2017

Our Fitness Pilates, Fitness Yoga & Fitness Circuit classes in Colinton and Craiglockhart, Edinburgh

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
All classes details and times are on the Classes page of this website. Email me for info or turn up and join us.


Did you know that…
if you’re joining us for the first time, please download, fill in and bring a couple of forms with you – they’re the PAR-Q Screening Form and Lifestyle Questionnaire. If you fill them in advance and bring them to your 1st class, this will save time.
Please also let me know in advance if you have any health issues or are currently receiving treatment from your GP, physio, chiropractor etc, thanks.

getting into the ‘team spirit’, coming to classes and working out with friends helps you to encourage each other and helps you achieve your goals so tell your friends, buddies etc to come and join us and we can get fit, socialize and have fun together.

when you’re cooking from scratch, batch-cooking, it’s a great idea to make double quantities and portion up and freeze some for another day saving time and effort.

for the last 3 weeks, we’ve been on the 21 day gut-healthy G Plan diet and although I’ve just lost about 1lb, (my plan wasn’t to lose weight but I’ve been encouraging Norman, my husband who has lost about ½ a stone), I feel that we’ve been eating a more varied veggie/vegan diet.
We’ve been planning, cooking everything ‘from scratch’ (well, when I say we……. although I have done some cooking/preparing) and feel a bit more toned.
Possibly that’s due to the fact that we’ve been exercising for the last 4 weeks again but I’d say the smoothies, soups, stews and meals have been delicious and some of the combinations and ingredients have been different from our usual ones.
Do I feel a “however” coming on? Friday was day 19 of the plan and well… our son was up for the weekend and of course we had to celebrate as it was his birthday. We haven’t gone overboard though and I even enjoyed a couple of glasses of red wine (that’s been banned recently!).
I’d say it’s been time-consuming, shopping, preparing, cooking but then again, we do that anyway. Our plan is to stick to this plan or a variation of it and especially trying to eat our meals in an 8 hour window, will be the ‘way to go’ during the week and then at the weekend, have some treats (bring on the 70+% dark organic choc and red wine with it’s own health benefits!).

one of the snacks in the book is courgette & coriander hummus which I hadn’t made before. I usually make the chick pea version. It’s really easy and tasty and if you want the recipe, let me know.

tahini which is a paste made from sesame seeds is rich in minerals, high in bone-friendly calcium, vitamin E and has a high protein source.
I use tahini when making hummus and it’s also great as a dip if you mix 1T tahini with 3T water, some Himalayan or sea salt and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

if you’re trying to keep your weight in check, it’s important to be mindful of what you’re eating, to take the time to eat your meal, to chew each mouthful several times, to put your fork down between bites and to relax. It’s also a great idea not to eat mindlessly in front of the tv, while on the laptop/your phone etc because if you do, you won’t enjoy your meals as much and you may end up eating more than you should because you haven’t savoured your food.

I’m really looking forward to more fitness, flexibility and fun in all of our classes this week and look forward to seeing you soon.
All classes have modifications and options of stretches and exercises to suit what ever level of fitness you’re at.

Something to think about:

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