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Complementary Fitness news, updates + videos 20 April

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This week’s news + updates:

Have you learned anything new/different in the last week? 

Did you learn or discover something about yourself or have you tried something for the first time or learnt a new skill or anything else?

What were your successes last week? And what are your plans for this week?

Make a note …………………………………………………………………

And let me know.

I’ve just joined Instagram so trying that out and following some people – I’m not great on social media (ie I don’t put a lot of content ‘out there’) and not great with new technology but thought I’d give it a go.

I love @foodwitchsal posts and love this post: ‘Connection At A Distance’ which is what we’re doing here and by emailing and keeping in touch even though we can’t be together physically.  Keeping connected is so important so keep letting me know how you’re doing and what you’re up to, thanks.

I love Dr Rangan Chatterjee’s podcasts and am following him on Instagram too.

One of his posts is entitled ‘5 Minutes In Nature’ and the benefits are:

  1. Lowers stress levels
  2. Improves mental focus
  3. Boosts the immune system
  4. Reduces depression
  5. Reduces tiredness

I’m sure that we’re all getting out for a walk and enjoying nature, the sunshine, windy days.  Even 5 minutes in nature can help us with physical, mental and emotional health.  We’re lucky we can get to Colinton/Craiglockhart Dell or head up the Pentland Hills and if we’ve got a garden, we can sit out and enjoy a cup of tea.

In another post, Dr C advises: “Focus on what you CAN control rather than what you can’t”

Good to know that in these uncertain times, that we can focus on our breath which helps us to relax and feel more calm.  So sit down and take a big breath in……………big breath out ………… repeat a few times (warning: don’t stand and do this or you may feel dizzy!).

and ‘Having a routine has never been more important than right now’.

What’s your routine at the moment? 

  • Are you going to bed early and getting a good 8 or 9 hours quality sleep? 
  • Are you getting some exercise and at a certain time of the day?
  • Are you binge watching Netflix or catch up tv?

How are your stress levels just now? 

Are you juggling working from home along with trying to keep your kids entertained and home schooling too?  That must be so difficult.

A lot of us are stressed because we’re not seeing family – we’re really missing them. 

We’re not in our usual routine.  It’s just not that easy to do what we normally do or go out when we want to.  We can’t just hop on a bus or tram and go into town, go for a coffee/lunch or meet up with friends.  However, we’re all adapting and finding ways to keep in touch through FaceTime, What’s App messages and video, Skype, Zoom calls.  Some are joining book clubs and instead of meeting up in a café/house, they’re reading a chapter or two and discussing the book via social media platforms which is all very ‘novel’ (ha, like what I did there?) and new.

For me, I’m getting stuff done that I normally don’t get time to do.  I’m walking more, listening to podcasts more, catching up and learning more so I can’t say that I’m particularly stressed.  Before this, I’d usually be rushing about trying to do a million things but probably not achieving very much!

There is a balance in everything and every situation has positives and negatives but I think it is about learning and adapting.  It is actually amazing how quickly we have all adapted in these last few weeks.

Although the negatives for me are: not seeing family and friends and not teaching my classes and seeing you.

If there’s a plus to come out of this, it’s that it’s happening at this time of year and not over the winter months when the days are shorter, colder, it’s darker etc. 

I’m finding that when we’re out walking, although we’re keeping our distance from others and they’re doing the same, it’s nice to say hello and smile when you pass someone, knowing that we’re all in the same boat.  Talking of boats……

Meaningful Quotes:

“We may all have come on different ships but we’re all in the same boat now” – Martin Luther King Jr

“The meaning of life is to find your gift.  The purpose of life is to give it away” – Pablo Picasso

Last Thursday I did a Fitness Pilates warm up – which you could use as any warm up or as a 9/10 minute warm up to the start of your day.

The video link is:

Then I did a 15 min Fitness Pilates session and you’ll recognise all the exercises that we do in our class so I hope that you join me in this virtual exercise session to keep yourself active, fit and strong.  Let me know how you get on:

Other ways of keeping entertained during the lockdown: if you’re interested in listening to Live Music Now Scotland, go on Youtube and there are various categories to click on

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