Complementary Fitness 5 Nov News

Hi and welcome to our Craiglockhart and Colinton, Edinburgh Fitness Pilates/Yoga + core workouts – there’s a list of classes on the Classses Where/When page so have a look and join us this week.

This week’s news and updates:
Including this week, there are 6 weeks of Complementary Fitness workouts/classes left this year to get fit, improve our flexibility, fitness levels and strength.
We finish up on Fri 14 Dec – ages away yet but just letting you know.

and …. I know it can be really hard to stay motivated to exercise especially with the dark nights, the cold weather, if we’ve had a hard day and just want to get in and stay warm. When/if this is the case, then remind yourself of why you want to get/stay fit. Maybe, like a lot of you, you want to get fit for the ski season or you want to stay in shape for the ‘party season’. Remember that our classes are only an hour once or twice a week and remind yourself of how you felt during and after, that it was worth it, that you enjoyed seeing and catching up with friends and enjoyed seeing the progress that you’re making week by week. If you also love going for a walk at the weekends, you could do a mini warm up before heading out. I usually like layers and wrap up in warm and waterproof outdoor gear – sweat-wicking layers are great. Take some water, maybe with a slice or squeeze of fresh lemon in to stay hydrated (or a cup/flask of tea) with you. So, stay ‘on it’, “keep dancing” – I mean “keep exercising”. It’s so easy to stay in, sit on the couch but there’s plenty of (other) time for that.

other reasons to continue to exercise ….
it releases serotonin (known as the ‘feel-good’ chemical)
regular exercise can promote better sleep, reduce stress, anxiety and tension.
You can tick ‘exercise’ off your To Do list for that day and feel good, knowing that you’ve completed another challenging workout. You get a 10/10 and “very well done” and “excellent work” e-badge and praise from me.
I love these quotes:
“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step”. Martin Luther King

Don’t expect to see a change if you don’t make one.

If it were easy, everyone would be doing it.

Stop being so hard on yourself. Instead, be gentle with yourself, you’re doing the best you can.

Be a warrior, not a worrier. and …

The world is full of kind people. If you can’t find one, be one.

Thanks to you and everyone who came to our Halloween Party Workout last Wednesday and thanks for wearing your masks, wearing orange and for bringing your pumpkins or squash. I loved seeing you all and loved the workout and hope that you did too.

What did you do with your pumpkins/squash? Did you carve them or use the flesh to make a stew or soup? We (well….when I say “we”, I mean ….. ‘the royal we’ ie not me … on this occasion) delicious soup and stew – we brought 2 pumpkins to the class: 1 each!)

Lots of new studies and publications have come out saying that out of thousands of participants aged 40-77, those who closely followed a Mediterranean-style diet reduced their risk of stroke by 17% in all adults, 22% in women and 6% in men. Also the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke reveals that a diet high in fish, fruit, vegetables, nuts and beans and lower in meat and dairy reduces stroke risk among white adults who are at high risk of cardiovascular disease. 5 a day? Let’s aim for 10.

I’ve mentioned before about the benefits of magnesium (there’s an article called ‘6 powerful ways to boost your magnesium levels’ on the Articles page of my website) and I love to add some magnesium flakes/Epsom salts to a bath, relax and let the magnesium flakes be absorbed through the skin to supply our cells with magnesium to carry out over 300 chemical reactions in the body.

Please let me know how you’re getting on in our classes and what improvements you feel you’ve made in your fitness, diet and general lifestyle, thanks – I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you soon.

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

Susan x

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