Some people 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! Many people with arthritis, for instance, are afraid they may be injured during physical activity, further worsening their condition. They are so focused on the worst case scenario that they don’t realize the consequences of avoiding exercise, specifically the health benefits that could improve their mobility, strengthen their joints and ultimately lessen their pain. Even a healthy person, with no joint issues, will find that their joints weaken without exercise over time. 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.).
At Body & Soul, we offer consultations to help those new to exercise 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. www.bodysoul.ca
Consult with a health professional to better understand what you can do to improve your health.
“The future depends on what you do today.” -Gandhi
Few things worth acquiring will happen overnight – relieving back pain, increasing strength, and losing (or gaining) weight certainly won’t. We have all told ourselves at some point that today isn’t a good day to start – tomorrow will be the day. Rarely though do we hold ourselves to such a promise. Why is it that we insist today is a bad time to start? Too busy? Too tired? Bad weather? How about because we complicate the idea of what ‘starting’ actually means. For instance, if you want to lose weight, your first step need not be to ‘start a diet’ – in fact, without understanding your current eating habits and identifying triggers for stress-eating, you won’t have enough information to develop a diet you are likely to stick to.
For every goal, it’s important to start small! Understand your goal (break it down into a SMART goal – specific, measureable, attainable, realistic and timely) and see how you can adopt change without completely disrupting your daily routine. If your goal requires intense changes to every aspect of your life consider revising it. Introducing routines that feel like work aren’t routines you are likely to maintain, and the truth is that building habits is key to success.
On the road to optimal health, it’s important that you don’t punish yourself with negative-talk when you don’t succeed right away. Be positive and recognize the fact that you are trying to achieve an important goal. Also, reassess your progress now and then to help ensure you are on the right path. Consider this, where do you want your health and/or fitness to be in one week, one month, or one year? Don’t wait for the New Year to start your resolutions. Every action you take now defines your next moment – consequently defining tomorrow. Start today, continue tomorrow!
The October issue of our monthly e-newsletter – The Fitness File – came out this week! This issue covers the following:
- exercise and mental health
- fitness tip: build strength while losing weight
- nutrition tip: thanksgiving prep
- club news: new staff, studio closure, testimonials and refer & receive
- staff spotlight: Ryan Lau (Personal Trainer)
- Q&A: how can physiotherapy help improve my posture?
Check it out here.
Body & Soul will be closed Monday October 8th for Thanksgiving. We hope that you have a lovely weekend!
Thank you to all of our amazing staff and clients! Without you all, we would most certainly not be where we are today!
Injuries are an unavoidable part of life and can be a common occurrence when it comes to exercising. There are, however, several ways you can prevent exercise-related injuries.
Focus and listen to your body. Focus on your body’s movements, particularly when it comes to your form. Distractions can and often will lead to uncontrolled and unplanned movements, which often lead to injury. Do not ignore your body’s warning signs. For instance, while some degree of discomfort during and following your training session is normal, pain is typically a sign that you have injured yourself.
Set yourself up for success. Ensure your surroundings provide a safe place for exercise by avoiding slippery surfaces, ensuring equipment is properly stored when not in use and be sure to always wear proper footwear, shoes designed to provide special support and flexibility for physical activity. There are many local stores that can help you find the perfect fit. We recommend you check out LadySport or Foot Solutions.
Know your limits. Pushing your body beyond its comfort zone is necessary to improve your health and fitness; however, it is important to be aware of your body’s limitations as pushing yourself beyond what your body can safely do is a sure-fire way to hurt yourself.
Plan recovery days. Your body needs time to recover and adapt to your exercise program.
Injuries are common when starting a fitness program; however, research has shown that working with a personal trainer not only generates results more quickly and efficiently but also with fewer injuries than training alone! Learn more about our amazing personal trainers!