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Fitness File – September Issue

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

  • “the man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” – Confucius
  • announcement: new personal training package
  • fitness tip: maximize your gains by minimizing rest
  • nutrition tip: post-workout snacks
  • club news: studio closure, referral program, custom SGPT and cardio package
  • staff spotlight: Kiran Parmar (Personal Trainer)
  • Q&A: ready for ski season?

Check it out here.

Studio Closure – Labour Day

Body & Soul will be closed Monday September 2nd for Labour Day. The studio will re-open Tuesday September 3rd at 6am. We hope you have a lovely long weekend!

Click here for a list of local events this weekend.

Optimism and your health

You may be surprised to learn that several studies have been conducted to better understand how optimism affects an individual’s health. Researchers continue to find that optimism – looking at things with a positive outlook and believing in the best possible outcome – can actually positively impact one’s health and help with recovery.

In one study that observed angioplasty patients over a six-month period, people who were considered pessimistic (as per a pre-operative psychological evaluation) were 3x more likely to have a heart attack than those who were considered optimistic.1 Another study in which nearly 7,000 University of North Carolina students were monitored for 40 years showed that highly pessimistic individuals had a 42% higher rate of death than those who were considered highly optimistic. Additionally, a study out of Illinois looked at how optimism affects heart health and found that those who were considered highly optimistic have “twice the odds of being in ideal cardiovascular health compared to their more pessimistic counterparts.”2

Research continues to look at how optimism affects our overall health but the general consensus is that those who have a positive outlook are much more likely to stay healthy and enjoy their lives!

So, are you an optimist?


  1. http://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/optimism-and-your-health
  2. https://news.illinois.edu/view/6367/204443

Fall back into fitness

Many people like to take the summer off from training, hoping to jump back in once the sunshine and heat turns to clouds and cold, wet days. For those who take the summer off however, getting back into their routine can be a challenge – both mentally and physically. While you may be mentally prepared to jump back into your previous routine, you may have some work to do physically before you can get back to your previous level of fitness.

When you take time off from your training – a.k.a. ‘detraining’ – you can expect your fitness level to decrease. While you may be expecting this loss after a longer absence, you may be surprised to learn that even a two week break can significantly affect the amount of oxygen supplied to your muscles when exercising at your hardest, a.k.a. your VO2 max. When compared to VO2 max, strength gains will decrease at a slower rate, particularly for athletes who may still retain close to half of their original strength a year later!¹

At Body & Soul, we urge our clients to book a reassessment after taking an extended absence from training. Not only will a reassessment help your trainer revise and modify your exercise program based on your current level of health and fitness, but it will also help you both identify and establish new and relevant goals.