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Hello healthy people,
Happy May! We're in optimal cycling season - long mild days just made for journeys by bike. There's some simple things you can do to get cycle-fit:
‘Fit to Ride’ workshop for Edinburgh Festival of Cycling
Tuesday 16 June, 6.30 – 8pm at Griffen Fitness
You look after your bike, but do you look after the engine? Sold out in 2013 and 2014, this informative and interactive workshop will show you how to keep in tip top condition through effective nutrition and exercise. Healthy nibbles provided. Get fit to ride!
A limited number of tickets available, only £10 which includes free nibbles and a Q & A session at the end, email to book your place.
Easy Seasonal Recipes: Two Top Oatcakes Toppers
1. Ricotta Dip
Ricotta is a light and creamy Italian soft whey cheese; a good source of protein, lowish in fat and an ideal oatcake spread. Buy it fresh in a tub from a deli or supermarket cheese section – it’s a bit like traditional Scottish crowdie.
It’s fairly bland on its own, but if you mix it up with some freshly chopped herbs and flavourings, it makes a fast and healthy topping. I like mine mixed with pink peppercorns, finely chopped preserved lemon and fresh parsley.
2. Rocket Pesto
Are you forever throwing out (or composting) half bags of salad leaves? I zizzed an old bag of rocket leaves into a very respectable pesto with some raw cashews and garlic-flavoured rapeseed oil. Excellent on oatcakes with some plain ricotta.
Dog Blog: What is Dog-friendly Fitness Anyway?
Exercising with you dog can be fun and rewarding. Dogs love to be outdoors, and can be a central point of your fitness programme, but how? There are three ways that Griffen Fitness does dog-friendly fitness. The first is that all Personal Training clients are welcome to bring their pooches into fitness sessions. We usually set up a comfy bed in the corner of the studio with toys and chews to keep your canine entertained whilst you get in shape. Just let us know in advance.
Secondly, if you don’t have your own dog, and would like the company of Coco the fitness pug (see photo) in your session, she is happy to sit in the corner whilst you exercise and give you a pug hug at the end of a good workout.
Finally, if you’re a dog owner who prefers PT sessions without your dog, I can show you workouts that you can do with your furry friend to maximise your regular walks.
If you’re not an animal lover, the studio can be kept clear and fur-free for you. We aim to please!
For more info on dug-friendly places around the UK, check out www.dugswelcome.com
and also the recent Buzzfeed article for Edinburgh.
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