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Fit Tip: Get moving and improve your health

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The relationship between physical activity and its physiological benefits is a dose response relationship, which means that the more volume of physical activity you do (kcal/week) the greater the percentage of potential improvements.

The greatest increase in health benefits are experienced at lower volumes of physical activity and gradually increase with more volume of physical activity. However, once a certain point of volume is exceeded, in regards to physical activity, the increase in health improvements is minimal. These health improvements can be seen in triglyceride levels, blood pressure, and body composition, high density lipoproteins (HDL or good fats). It doesn’t take much work to significantly improve your health, so get moving!

Body & Soul’s open house is back!

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18 years and counting

Did you know Body & Soul has been around since 1995? We were one of the first personal training studios on Vancouver’s Westside and many of our first clients are still training with us today!

Over the years we have worked with some pretty amazing people and we honestly believe that we wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for several key individuals; particularly Body & Soul’s founders, Nicola Mann and Sharon Essex. Childhood friends who, with a strong passion for the health and fitness industry, decided to share their passion with the community. They believed in helping people achieve positive change and, for the last 18 years, we believe Body & Soul has upheld their vision. Despite growing competition and a rocky economy, Body & Soul continues to hold strong and remain an industry leader.

Did you know many staff that leave Body & Soul to pursue other opportunities find their way back to familiar or new positions? Additionally, several clients who decide to try something new return weeks, months, even years later. To hear people say that Body & Soul is a safe place, one they have always felt welcome, is truly gratifying.

To all who have had an impact on Body & Soul, its staff and clients, we thank you. We have been on the northeast corner of Highbury and 10th Avenue for 18 years and we are confident we will remain here for years to come.

Nutrition Tip: start your own nutrition challenge

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Nutrition challenges are all the rage! Many people give up some of their favourite foods for a month because of a  trendy challenge, but few people seem to initiate such events on their own. Why not start your own? Your challenge, your rules!

Are you gleefully gluten, a chocolate craver, a sugar advocate, or a ‘carb’nivour? Do you detest veggies, fruits and whole grains? Are you able to give up or reduce your favourite unhealthy choices for one month? Can you commit to eating healthy for 30 days? Nutrition challenges can be a great source of motivation, a valuable eye-opener and may even help you develop healthier habits post-challenge.

Team Building at Body & Soul

On August 29th, 2013, the Body & Soul staff participated in a day of team building exercises. One such exercise asked the staff to categorize themselves into 1 of 4 categories–atomic, buddy, detailed and control.  Continue reading to learn more about who fell under what category, and what that means about their personality!

 

Atomic

 

 

 

Atomic

-likes to be in charge
-usually very goal oriented
-practical and no-nonsense (bottom-line)
-workaholic
*we predict Personal Trainer Marcia would fit here too!

 

 

 

Buddy

 

Buddy

-outgoing and energetic
-likes to be around people
-good relationship builders
-most people like them right away
*Avery and Armin would definitely be ‘buddy’ too!

 

 

 

Detailed

 

Detailed

-very happy with repetitive tasks
-don’t like change
-supportive, caring and thoughtful
-compassionate, patient and good listeners

 

 

 

Control

 

Control

-very detail oriented
-controlling of themselves and others (so true!)
-sticklers for procedure and protocol
-like jobs clearly defined

 

 

 

Team building was definitely a great way for staff to get to know one another in an interactive, fun and casual setting.

Fit Tip: warm up before your workout

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Warm up to reduce the risk of injury and improve performance. Warming up will increase muscle and core temperature as well as blood flow which leads to faster muscle contraction and relaxation, increased muscle strength and power and increased rate of metabolic reactions.

A good warm up should include 5-10 minutes of a low intensity activity that raises your heart rate, ventilation, blood flow, deep muscle temperature and reduces viscosity. Enhance your warm up by including dynamic stretching and progressively increasing the intensity.

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