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Will exercise help with my condition?

Unfortunately, some people tend to avoid exercise in fear of worsening their ailment or health condition, when the reality is that, in most cases, exercise will improve their quality of life!

Take arthritis as an example; many people with arthritis are afraid they may be injured during physical activity, further worsening their condition. They become so focused on the worst case scenario that they don’t realize the consequences of avoiding exercise, specifically the health benefits that can actually help improve their mobility, strengthen their joints and ultimately lessen their pain. Even someone with no joint issues will find that their joints weaken without exercise. In most cases, and for most health conditions, avoiding exercise can have a negative impact on your quality of life. The key is to find a program and intensity suitable for your needs (health condition, pace, fitness level, etc.). Consult with a health professional to better understand what you can do to improve your health.

At Body & Soul, we offer consultations to help newcomers understand how we can help them achieve their health and fitness goals. If you know someone who might benefit from personal training, we encourage you to have them call in and book a consultation so that they can sit down, one-on-one, with one of our personal trainers.

Don’t be a stranger! Call us at 604-224-2639.

Studio Closure – Victoria Day

Body & Soul will be closed Monday May 20th for Victoria Day. The studio will re-open Tuesday May 21st at 6am. We hope that you have a lovely long weekend!

Not sure what to do this weekend? Check out some local events!

Stress and your body

You may already know that stress can negatively impact your quality of sleep, mood and even your social behaviour; however, did you know that chronic, ongoing stress can also increase your risk of hypertension, heart attack and stroke, as well as negatively impact your nervous, reproductive, respiratory and musculoskeletal systems?1

Stress is, inevitably, a part of everyday life; however, it is something that can be managed and staying active through regular exercise can got a long way to helping you manage/reduce your stress. Through exercise, our bodies produce endorphins, which help alleviate pain and stimulate the production of dopamine, a “feel-good” chemical in our brains. For many people, exercise is a great way to reduce stress and, when done regularly, can help individuals better manage it all together.

Find a trainer that makes your goals their goals!

Motivator. Coach. Teacher. Guide. Supporter. Educator. These are just some of the roles your personal trainer can and will play in your health and fitness journey. Your trainer should be invested in your health and fitness goals. Interested in meeting our personal trainers? Ask us about our complimentary consultations! 604-224-BODY [2639].

Why does my trainer have me complete 8-12 reps?

Strength training is performed to increase muscular strength, endurance or both.

Muscular strength is defined as how much weight you can lift and muscular endurance is the ability to continue lifting repeatedly without fatiguing. Lower reps (less than 6) favour increases in muscular strength, whereas higher reps (more than 15) favour increases in muscular endurance. Generally speaking, the range of 6 to 15 gives the best balance of muscular strength and endurance. As improvements are best when fatigue is achieved upon completion, the 8 to 12 reps range has been adopted as a safe way for people to strength train.

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