Guest Blog:  Insanity; Train Insane – or remain the same! by Nicola Cockburn of nicolacfitness.com

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Last January I had my first attempt at a running club and I have to admit that I was a bit nervous.  Luckily I was in good hands with fitness instructor and personal trainer, Nicola Cockburn.  Nicola has recently added another class to her schedule of workouts – INSANITY!!  I have yet to try it … Read more…

Sweaty Betty Roadshow comes to LifesCycle

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Sweaty Betty started in London with the aim to encourage more women into fitness by providing workout clothes that were both fashionable AND functional (no more stealing your boyfriend’s track bottoms and running shorts!!).  There’s nothing worse than going to workout and feeling uncomfortable in what you are wearing – too cold, too hot and … Read more…

Belly Dance Taster Class with Elspeth left me hungry for MORE!

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I was checking out the Leith Festival’s programme and of course I went straight to the Dance section – never expecting to find a FREE belly dance taster class!!  I’ve been dying to try belly dancing for ages but most of the classes I’ve come across are taught in blocks.  I have a sporadic schedule … Read more…

Putting REAL FOODS to the “Elimination Diet” Challenge

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Real Foods Passes the Elimination Diet shopping test with Flying Colours! My passion for healthy eating and cooking has led me to enrol on a 3 year Nutritional Therapy course.  As much as I love the theory and study of nutrition, it’s all meaningless unless you actually can help people to eat better.  That’s why … Read more…

GUEST BLOG: Spa in the City  – Edinburgh’s Annual Festival of Pampering and Relaxation

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Every year we are treated to a weekend of pampering when the city of Edinburgh hosts ‘Spa in the City’.   Normally this just takes place in St. Andrew’s Square but this year it spread out across 3 sites with the addition of the Grassmarket and in front of House of Fraser on Princes Street.  Spa … Read more…

The Art of Chi with Anne-Claire, Beginners Tai Chi & Qi Gong

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I had a free evening last week and was scouring the internet to try and pick a new fitness class to try. After a week of walking, cycling, ‘bouncing’, my body seemed to reject any thought of a high-octane workout. I resigned myself to a night in and plopped myself onto the sofa where a … Read more…

Rolfing – a Postural ‘service and re-alignment’ with James the Rolfer

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Without much thought, we regularly pay someone to look after our cars – maybe a service, tyres balanced and re-aligned, but we rarely give our bodies the same attention. Well, not until something goes wrong – but even then it’s not too late.  I’m a massage therapist so I have trained in and tried many … Read more…