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Complementary Fitness Newsletter 21 May

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Hi, I hope that you’ll join us this week in our Fitness Pilates, Fitness Yoga & resistance/weights classes in Craiglockhart & Colinton, Edinburgh to get summer fit and improve our fitness, strength, stamina, core, posture and flexibility
All class details and times are on the Classes page of my website.

I wanted to update you on our classes leading up to the end of June – we’ll now finish up on Thursday 28 June (no class on Fri 29th as it’s my birthday and we’re planning on going away for the day so if you normally come to Fri 9.30am Fitness Yoga, can you come to our Thursday 7pm Fitness Yoga/Pilates class instead?).

We’re then on holiday for a week and our Summer classes start back on Tue 10 July – put the date in your diary/phone.

I’ve heard from Sheila, Dreghorn Loan Hall Hall Convenor who says that there will be maintenance work going on in the Loan Hall the week commencing 9 July so that would affect Wed 11, Thurs 12 & Fri 13 July. I’ve therefore asked the Craiglockhart Church hall convenor if we can use their church hall instead and when I hear back from him, I’ll let you know asap so that we can plan accordingly.
So for now, including this week, we’ve got 6 weeks of classes (exc Fri 29/6) to enjoy, get fit and get ready for our summer holidays.

I read that when we stop exercising, the brain can be seriously affected. Reducing exercise can stop blood blow to 8 regions in the brain and one of the regions is the hippocampus which is responsible for memory formation, storage and retrieval. Lack of exercise can increase the risk of neurodegenerative diseases ie Alzheimers or Parkinsons diseases. We all know that 150 minutes is the recommended amount of moderate aerobic exercise or at least 75 mins of vigorous aerobic exercise a week.

Exercise prevents the immune system from decline as we age but we don’t have to be competitive athletes to reap the benefits of exercise – just keep active and keep moving. Exercise can help relieve stress, anxiety and depression and I believe that in a group class, we’re not only exercising, building muscle, strength, improving our flexibility etc but we’re socializing with each other which helps relieve stress and continues to build strong bonds and relationships too. I’ve read that when we socialise with others, it gives our brains a mental workout and blood flow to the brain is essential. So just like muscles strength, we need to continue to work on improving our brain strength too and we do this when we learn new skills and we train the whole body.

As we’ve mentioned before, there are steps that we can take to help our brains and preserve memories: keep physically active, increase blood flow to the brain by exercising and learning new skills (perhaps challenge your brain by learning a language or learning to dance). Our brains need the right nutrients to keep functioning correctly so it’s important to eat well×150.jpg” alt=”” width=”150″ height=”150″ class=”alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-12604″/>

I’ve mentioned before that I love drinking green tea and have told you about the benefits of matcha tea which is rich in vitamins A, C, E, K and B complex. It contains selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium and is rich in antioxidants incl polyphenols, catechins and chlorophyll. It has high levels of dietary fibre and has 137 X more antioxidants than regular green tea. I normally drink green/matcha green tea ‘as it is’ but tried a matcha latte the other day which used warm almond milk instead of water. Verdict: nice and I would have it again but probably my ‘go to’ latte would be a turmeric latte as I mentioned last week.

You’ll no doubt have heard and read that Data laws are changing from 25 May 2018 and I’m updating our Privacy Policy to reflect these changes and be clear on how I use your data. I’d would love for you to carry on checking out my website and I’m in the process of having a Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions added to my website which you can read and find out more about.

Let me know how you’re getting on in our classes, with your fitness and improvements, what you like/or not and what you find easy/challenging/hard – thanks.

I look forward to seeing you and working out with you this week so that we can continue to improve on our fitness levels, strength, posture balance and flexibility together.

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