Take 2 Minutes to Keep Scotland Beautiful

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You may have seen from my social media posts that I try to attend volunteer clean-ups around the city as much as possible.  So far, these have been organised events, with the organiser supplying gloves, bags, litter pickers, even wellies and waders at the Water of Leith.  Helping keep areas of the city that are special … Read more…

Moon & Hare: Don’t be fooled by the name – this Clean Eating cafe serves vegetarian and vegan fare that is a far cry from Rabbit Food

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Do you think healthy food can’t taste good?  Do you think you can’t get healthy food in a hurry or that locally sourced, healthy food costs the earth?  Then you probably haven’t been to the new Moon & Hare artisan eatery and deli at 167 Bruntsfield Place. And if you hate having to ask – … Read more…

Is it a Bike?  Is it a Raft?  Is it Boat?  No, it’s Akwakat!

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It’s early on a Friday morning; we wake up and anxiously check the weather.  Our planned outing on the canal will be so much better if the weather holds out. The forecast for the week was pretty bleak but today stood out as the brightest, driest day – unlike our first booking in April which … Read more…

Guest Post: Put on your trainers and help ‘Health in Mind’ promote positive mental health

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When I first started my blog ‘Healthy Edinburgh, I knew that although physical fitness was going to feature quite strongly, I also believe that ‘health’ means so much more than just physical wellbeing.  That’s why the Healthy Edinburgh motto is ‘Sharing experiences that promote healthy minds, bodies and communities’.  This month’s guest blog focuses on … Read more…

The Ultimate Urban Workout with Access Parkour

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Edinburgh, both by design and nature, is the perfect urban gym.  With its sloping streets, stair filled ‘closeys’, parks and paths, it’s no surprise so many runners, boot camps, cyclists, skate boarders and Parkour groups use Edinburgh for their outdoor workouts.  Some people may see this as a ‘nuisance’ but I’d rather see people (of … Read more…

 Yoga in a Vault….. Only in Edinburgh

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Candles, stone vaulted ceiling, rustic wooden floors, trancelike beat, subtle scent of incense… Cabaret Voltaire provided the atmospheric setting; Amanda of Yoga Mix led a dynamic, flowing vinyasa style Yoga class; we donated our fees to the charity Raleigh International. I’ve spent many hours in the basement vault of Cabaret Voltaire (36 Blair Street) – … Read more…

Guest Blog: What happened when Kylie Challenged herself to the Tough Mudder?…

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I did my first fitness fundraising event last December, The Santa Run.  I’ve never really taken to running but, by signing up to a challenge and committing to a fund raising goal for charity, I was motivated to train and complete the event! In my March newsletter I put together a list of fitness challenges … Read more…

Guest Blog:  Step it Up Dance – sorry grown-ups, this cool urban dance class is for the Kids!! By Lisa McLeod of Step it Up Dance

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I often get messages inviting me to try new fitness classes or therapies, but as I read further into Lisa McLeod’s message about ‘Step it Up Dance’ I quickly came to a realisation….. even though I’m only 5 foot 3, I don’t think I could sneak myself into a Kid’s dance class!!  But these classes … Read more…

Edible Gardening – The Royal Botanic Garden helps us plan ahead for this growing season

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I’ve spent so many hours wandering around the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh,  enjoying the fresh air and foliage, no matter what the season.  I’ve read the plaques and little signs but I’ve never taken the time to find out the history of the Garden or to find out more about how they manage to provide … Read more…