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Hello healthy (or hoping to be) people,
No more excuses! Festival season is officially over and school has gone back. It’s time to get cracking on your fitness programme. Need some help? In five one hour sessions I can teach you everything you need to be free of gyms forever! Exercise in front of the TV! On your way to work! Learn exercises you can do easily without having to change clothes... You can simply reply to this newsletter for more information.
What’s in Season at the Allotment
The intermittent rain has been good for our plot, and we’re currently harvesting courgettes, broccoli, lettuce, radishes, potatoes, onions, garlic, raspberries.
Easy Seasonal Recipe: Simple Courgette Soup
This is an excellent way to use up a glut of courgettes, it also uses onion and garlic from the allotment. The basic soup freezes well and is a fab way to store courgettes for winter.
Serves 4, or 2 for now, 2 to freeze.
1kg courgettes, chopped
1 onion, any type, chopped
1 to 6 cloves garlic, chopped
1 Tbsp olive / rapeseed oil
750ml good quality vegetable stock
30ml single cream
Handful flat leaf parsley
25g grated parmesan cheese
Ground black pepper to taste
- Make the basic soup by sauteéing onion and garlic in the oil, then adding chopped courgette. Stir well.
- When courgettes are softened add the vegetable stock. Bring to the boil then simmer on a low heat for 15 minutes.
- Blend the soup, leaving some chunky bits.
- You can freeze half at this point.
- To the remaining half pot, add the single cream, parsley and parmesan, basically to taste. Warm, and serve garnished with a wee bit of parmesan, a grind of black pepper and chopped parsley.
Insiders Tip of the Month: Have a Nap
This is the bit of the newsletter where I give you a valuable nugget of fitness information. So, here goes; take a nap! A well-timed nap can improve your performance both physically and mentally. Do an internet search for ‘napping productivity’ and you’ll see a whole range of interesting reading. Elite Kenyan runners spending a large proportion of their day kipping so they have a spring in their step and can run for miles. Sleep is when your body repairs itself, so don’t be afraid to sleep more and have more energy.
Article: SFN Expo
Traditionally Scotland is not known for fitness. It’s very exciting that times are changing and last weekend I went to possibly the first ever Scottish fitness fair. The SFN (Scottish Fitness Network) Expo at the SECC in Glasgow was a cornucopia of exercise and nutrition. There were seminars, competitions, weight lifting demonstrations and a whole bunch of stands of various fitness gear. I was lucky enough to get a VIP ticket from Anytime Leisure, an Edinburgh-based showroom of quality exercise equipment. The expo was definitely aimed towards strength training and there was a large proportion of body builders there, with their 'guns' (bulging biceps) out. Whilst there was a fair proportion of muscles on show, strength training is for everyone not just body builders, and there was a feeling of inclusiveness in the expo hall. Everyone was very keen to talk fitness - a refreshing change from the norm.
Nutritionwise, I was sure it was going to be all protein powder and supplements. Indeed I did receive sample of protein powder in my expo goody bag, however there was also a range of ‘natural food’ exhibitors. Coconut oil, coconut water, biltong (beef jerky), raw date and nut bars and ‘superfood’ locally-made burgers were all flavours of the day. It's interesting to note the swing back towards raw natural food for nutrition, rather than relying on supplements.
An interesting day out, and I'd like to see more for runners and outdoor fitness in future shows. Great to see passion and collaboration in the fitness industry...
And Finally... Trail Cyclist Danny MacAskill visits Glasgow
A YouTube clip of fancy bike stunts on Finnieston Crane, Glasgow.
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