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Fitness Newsletter 28 March

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Fitness Pilates, Fitness Yoga & Resistance/Conditioning Core classes to help you improve, your fitness, strength, stamina, core, posture and flexibility.
Let’s get results, look and feel amazing.

All level effective classes for men and women (except pregnancy)

£29 for 6 week block of Fitness Pilates / £5 pay as you go classes
Commit to working out with us to achieve your health + fitness goals


Join our Edinburgh classes to get you fit.
Our aim in the following classes is to improve our strength, flexibility, posture, co-ordination and balance.

Craiglockhart Parish Church Hall, Craiglockhart Drive North, Edinburgh
It’s week 1 of our brand new 6 week course starting this week so book up/join us

Classes in the Dreghorn Loan Church Hall, Dreghorn Loan, Colinton


It’s week 1 of our brand new 6 week course so come and join us/ book your place.


Class costs: £5 each / £29 for each 6 week block of Tue or Thurs Fitness Pilates classes (guarantees place + saves time) / £8 for both Thursday Yoga/Pilates classes /£45 for ALL classes in a month.
If you have any questions or would like more info before attending a class, please email Susan (details below) and she’ll be happy to help or discuss with you. Also if you need clearance from your GP, physio, osteopath etc before attending any class, please get their permission (written if necessary) first, thank you.

Hi, welcome to Complementary Fitness classes
Happy Easter Monday – I hope that you had a lovely relaxing Easter weekend.


Did you know that…
Eating small amounts of chocolate may be good for your heart – good to know after all those Easter eggs this weekend!! There’s some research says that those who ate about 1 square a day (who does that?), had an 11% lower risk of heart disease and a 23% reduced risk of stroke than those who ate none. BTW – does that mean that if I have 2 squares of dark chocolate a day, that my risk of lowered heart disease is reduced by 22%?? Hmm, don’t think so. I like dark chocolate, the 70% cocoa solid kind with more flavanoids which is said to reduce blood pressure – I better not eat too much of this as I sometimes have low blood pressure!! Too much chocolate for me?
I need to cut back I think although ‘everything in moderation’ eh?

Friday 1 April is National Walk To Work Day. Introduced to encourage people to be mindful of their health and their carbon footprint and a great excuse to get some exercise and fresh air. I don’t think that I’ll walk to and from our 9.30am Fitness Yoga class – an early start and I’d have to walk home with all those yoga mats, my ipod and player etc!! Well that’s my excuse but … I do intend to get out for a walk in the afternoon.
I love walking in The Dell – how about you?

Walk up and down the stairs at work or at the shops/mall instead of taking the lift. Research shows that stair climbing increases bone density and will give your heart a workout too.

World Autism Awareness Week is back 2 – 8 April. Find out more at

Something to think about:
Improve strength, balance and posture by getting up from your chair or the sofa a few times without using your arms and hands.

If you concentrate and focus mindfully on your breathing, it can help you to be more calm and help you to relax.
So sit comfortably with your legs uncrossed, feet firmly on the floor, forearms and hands resting on your lap, back straight, shoulders relaxed and down, eyes closed or open. Be aware of breathing in and notice how it feels, how shallow or full the breath is and how you feel in the moment. You may want to count how long it takes to take a full breath in and notice your ribs and chest expanding. Then take a long, slow breathe out and let go of any physical or mental stress. You may want to imagine that on the in-breath, that you’re breathing in peace and calm and that when you exhale, that you’re letting go of any negative emotions and thoughts. Do this a few times and notice how you feel after this ‘exercise’. Practice mindful breathing daily and see what a difference it makes to you.

I like to drink a cup of chamomile tea in the evening to help me relax and help me sleep. You can soak 2 chamomile tea bags in hot water (drink the tea) then squish out the water and wait till the tea bags are warm and put them on your eye lids to help relax your eyes.

Check out my Complementary Fitness youtube video channel and workout with me. Warm up first and you can do 2 or 3 different short videos
Click on the link above or copy and paste into your browser to watch – and join in!

Connecting with Susan
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I look forward to seeing you this week for more fitness and fun