Angela Longstaffe was one of Body & Soul’s first clients when it opened in 1995. Her doctor had referred her to the facility to assist with pain issues and, although skeptical, she agreed to try personal training. Her experience at Body & Soul surpassed all of her expectations: not only did her pain issues become manageable, she also received the support she needed to start improving her general health and fitness.
Angela soon saw that Body & Soul was a vibrant business with the potential to help many other people like herself; and she wanted to be a part of it. She became a silent partner in 1998 and three years later became involved in the daily management of the business. She became Body & Soul’s sole owner in 2003 and, with the exception of an unsuccessful attempt at retirement in 2011 (she couldn’t stay away), she continues to actively manage the business today.
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When it comes to your exercise program and achieving your health and fitness goals, there are of course things you should do and things you shouldn’t do.
- Warm-up before your workout. A good warm-up will increase muscle and core temperature as well as blood flow which leads to faster muscle contraction and relaxation, as well as increased muscle strength and power.
- Take time to cool-down and stretch. Cooling down after your workout will help prevent dizziness, grey vision and venous pooling. Following a cool down, a brief stretching period will help reduce delayed onset muscle soreness.
- Invest in a good pair of shoes. You should always wear activity-specific footwear; shoes designed to provide special support and flexibility for physical activity. Wearing the wrong shoes can cause issues like unnecessary strains or fractures and blisters.
- Cut corners. You may be tempted to rush through a workout; however, this may not only hinder your results as you aren’t gaining the full benefits of a particular exercise, but it could actually lead to serious (preventable) injuries.
- Put all of your eggs in one basket. There aren’t many goals that can be achieved with just exercise or by just dieting; in fact, none come to mind. Even strength gains will likely depend on modifications made to your protein consumption.
- Ignore your body. Don’t ignore your body’s warning signs. While some degree of discomfort during and following your training session is normal, pain is typically a sign that you have – or soon will have – injured yourself.
It’s important to set yourself up for success. Remember, long-term health requires long-term commitment.
Fun Fact Friday: Each year, for the holidays, we collect donations for local charities. This year is no different! Clients are being given an allowance of five Body & Soul dollars to donate to one (or all) of five pre-selected local charities. On behalf of our clients, Body & Soul will donate the total amount to each charity!
Charities include @bcspca @covenanthousebc @rmhbc @rarediseasefdn @raperelief. We will be collecting donations until Monday December 14th.
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