This month’s issue:…
- Edinburgh Festival of Cycling
- What’s in Season at the Allotment
- Easy Seasonal Recipe
- Fad or Fab: Metafit
- Hoop Alert
- And Finally
We’re nearly half way through the year. How’s your progress? If you’re struggling to fit fitness into your life, drop me a line and get a full-time fitness professional to help you. Griffen Fitness currently has off-peak (weekday daytime) availability…
We’re coming up to the longest day of the year, on which my other half, the lovely Andy, will be leading a night ride for Edinburgh Festival of Cycling. The night ride leaves Leith Cycle Co at 11pm on Friday 21 June and takes a scenic tour of East Lothian, before returning Leithwards for an early breakfast at a mystery location. Tickets will become available tomorrow, so snaffle yours before it books out! I would love to go on the night ride myself, however I’ll be running Heels on Wheels the next day, Saturday June 23 on the Meadows. Heels on Wheels is a new event, a (rather tongue-in-cheek) Ladies day of Cycling. We aim to make it an inspiring and educational day suitable for all levels of cyclists. If you have ‘images enabled’ in your email, you will see the full advert below…
What’s in Season at the Allotment
It’s coming to peak growing time down the plot and spring, whilst late, has truly sprung. We pulled up the last of the leeks last week, and sowed many goodies for later in the year. The monstrous rhubarb is trying to take over the whole plot, so we have been enjoying lots of stewed rhubarb (gorgeous with yoghurt and muesli). Lettuce, radishes and fresh herbs have been enlivening our salads. I was very exciting to see the asparagus peeking up last week (apparently a month late). Here’s hoping for a relatively dry summer.
Easy Seasonal Recipe: Aubergine Dip Mach 2
I have a favourite aubergine dip recipe which is roasted aubergine, mashed with lots of garlic and whipped with olive oil. It’s pretty high in fat, so I have devised a new and improved version, perfect with wholemeal pita bread.
1/ 2 lemon, squeezed
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 tbsp natural low-fat yoghurt
½ tsp olive oil
– Roast one aubergine in a 200 degree oven for 30 minutes, or until collapsed. Turn every ten minutes and test its texture.
– Cool and peel. When completely cooled, chop the flesh and mix with other ingredients.
– Sprinkle with some fresh parsley or other herbs, if you wish. Easy.
Fad or Fab: Metafit
It was bound to happen. Some clever marketing bod has packaged up the basic body weight strength exercises, put them in an explosive circuit, and is selling it as Metafit, www.metafit-training.com. It’s hugely popular across the globe because it works. My preferred option is to teach PT clients how to exercise for themselves. That way you can do a workout anywhere anytime. So whilst Metafit contains effective exercises, you don’t need to go to a heavily branded class to get a good workout, just learn how to do it yourself. A modern fad of an old idea.
Hula hooping is an excellent abdominal workout, and is something that’s easy and fun to do from home. Finding the right hoop can be tricky, and I’m please to announce that Inter Sport on the top of Leith Walk now stock fitness hoops for only £15. Their address is 53 Elm Row, and they also have a range of good quality fitness equipment.
The Dudes of Hazzard is an intriguing 8 minute mockumentary interspersed with some amazing mountain biking. It seems to be from Glasgow / West Coast, with a cameo appearance from Danny Macaskill. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qVOqjEauEA
Have a happy and healthy June,
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