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COVID-19 Update

Dear Clients,

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, we have been monitoring the progression of the virus and closely following the advice of Canada’s public health authorities.

In an effort to keep our staff, our clients, and our community safe during this time, we have made the difficult but important decision to close the studio as of tomorrow, March 17th. We will remain open today, March 16th, until 8 pm. The studio will be closed until at least Tuesday April 14th.

All packages will be extended accordingly, and all payment plans will be put on hold until we are able to return to business as usual.

Body & Soul is committed to ensuring that staff are financially protected during this time; therefore, we have made the decision to pay our employees for the next four weeks to lessen the financial burden.

Please be assured that we will continue to monitor events and follow the advice of Canada’s public health authorities. We will continue to be in touch with staff and clients during this time. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Owner & CEO, Angela Longstaffe, directly at alongstaffe@bodysoul.ca.

On behalf of Body & Soul, we want to thank you for your continued support and loyalty. Please take care of yourselves during this time. We look forward to seeing you all again soon. Thank you.

The Body & Soul Team

 

Preventing Injuries

Injuries are unfortunately an unavoidable part of life and can actually be a common occurrence in physical activity due to the improper use of equipment or an accident. While accidents happen, there are several ways to help prevent injury:

  1. Take the time to warm-up. Ideally, you should warm up for at least 10 minutes (the older and more athletic you are, the more time you should spend on warming up).
  2. Invest in a pair of good shoes. Find shoes that are designed to provide special support and flexibility for physical activity.
  3. Take your time. It’s imperative that you focus and pay attention to your body’s movements, particularly the form and technique in which you perform your exercises. Distractions can lead to uncontrolled and unplanned movements, which often lead to injury.

For more tips on injury prevention, talk to your trainer.

Fitness Tip – Romanian Deadlift (RDL)

The single-leg RDL exercise is an isolation movement aimed to target the hamstrings and the glutes. It’s a variation of the normal RDL exercise, except it isolates one leg at a time. It’s a great exercise for developing single-leg strength, balance, stabilization and overall posture.

You can perform this exercise with or without weights. It requires coordination and balance; therefore, it is recommended that your try this exercise first with no weight to ensure your form is correct – adding weight (i.e. dumbbell or kettlebell) to then progress.

Check out our Instagram videos for this fitness tip!

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Reducing back pain

Most adults experience some form of back pain (milt to severe) in their lifetime. The pain one feels can range from a mild dull ache to highly painful and/or debilitating even. The causes of non-traumatic back pain vary but commonly symptoms are due to postural imbalances, muscle tightness and/or weakness, and skeletal asymmetries.

In order to address the correct underlying cause, a health care professional should conduct a thorough assessment of your posture, spine, surrounding joints and movement patterns. For some people, certain stretches, movement drills and postural cues will restore optimal spine function and alleviate the pain.

Engaging in a consistent exercise program with components of mobility, stability, strength and flexibility is a great way to prevent the onset of back pain.

Fitness File – March Issue

fitness files

The March issue of our monthly e-newsletter – The Fitness File – came out this week! This issue covers the following:

  • think fat loss not weight loss
  • fitness tip: how do you roll?
  • nutrition tip: meal prepping
  • club news: new staff member, waitlist, helps us help you and referral program
  • staff spotlight: Scott Hallam (Assistant Head Trainer)
  • Q&A: how can I develop physical resiliency?

Check it out here.

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