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Complementary Fitness news 6 March

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Newsletter – 6 MARCH 2017

Join our Fitness Pilates, Fitness Yoga & Fitness Resistance/Toning classes
in Colinton and Craiglockhart, Edinburgh – for details, click on the Classes page.


Did you know that…
It was great to welcome some ‘new people’ to our classes last week and I hope that if you are ‘new’ or have been coming for a few weeks or months now, that you’ll continue to work out with us regularly.
As you know, I also really appreciate all our regulars who work out and exercise in our classes every (or most) weeks – it just wouldn’t be the same without you.

Like a lot of you, I’ve been struggling with a bad virus for the last 3 weeks (well, 3 ½ tbh) and haven’t had the same energy but as it’s mostly been in my head and throat, I’ve carried on and taken it a bit easier. I don’t know about you but I think that these nasty viruses are lasting weeks and sometimes months this year!! What’s going on eh? I can’t wait to feel ‘back to normal’ again and hope that if you’ve got a virus or recently had one, that you recover fully and soon too.

It’s International Women’s Day on 8 March and this year, the campaign theme is “Be Bold for Change”.
Find out more online at or on Twitter #BeBoldForChange.
With Mother’s Day coming up soon too (26 March), we should celebrate our achievements and ongoing changes that we’ve made in our lives, careers, lifestyles etc.

The new 12 sided £1 coin will be in circulation on 28 March and our current round £1 coin will be withdrawn on 15 Oct so get all your current coins out of any piggy banks, purses and jars and spend them or put then in your bank account soon. Our current non-polymer £5 notes will be withdrawn on 5 May so not long to trade spend/trade them for the new smaller polymer ones.

Adding a 125g serving of kale provides your day’s recommendations of Vitamins A and K. Kale is also packed with vitamin C which aids iron absorption. I love adding kale into soups and stews which add texture and flavour too, yum.

Even the first part of our Fitness Yoga sun salutation (where we stand, inhale deeply, raise and lift our arms out and up to the sky/ceiling then exhale and fold or flex forward and back up again), can increase the blood flow to the brain. I don’t suggest ‘swan diving’ back up again too quickly though if like me, you have low-normal blood pressure so take your time.

Body weight and strength training exercises eg lunges, press ups and planks work all the major muscle groups.

Something to think about:
It’s a good idea to ensure that we get a good balance, mixture and balance of carbs (eg a variety of vegetables, legumes, whole grains and fruits), lean protein (lean meat, fish, eggs, tofu etc) and healthy fats (eg coconut oil, olive oil and avocados) to provide all the energy we need and to help fuel our workouts.

Although I wouldn’t call myself ‘a runner’ anymore and haven’t done any run training in ages, I will start again and probably do the Bannockburn 10k again in June. However, did you know that the Edinburgh Marathon Festival is on 27/28 May this year and if you’re planning to enter into an event, you can do so online at
There’s also a half marathon, a 5k or 10k, a relay for a team of 4 and a 5k junior event for 11-18 year olds.

You know how last week, I was talking about decluttering and sorting? Well, I came across a great idea on the tesco website using shower curtain hooks clipped onto a wooden coat hanger where you can loop belts and scarves through the hoops! I’m easy pleased but if you want to see what I mean, then click on

I’m really looking forward to more fitness, flexibility and fun in our classes this week and look forward to seeing you soon.

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