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Fitness File – August Issue

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

  • temptation is bad … or is it?
  • fitness tip: push today, pull tomorrow
  • nutrition tip: veggies on the grill
  • club news: studio closure, new staff members, help us help you and client perks
  • staff spotlight: Juergen Reinhardt (Head Trainer)
  • Q&A: how can physiotherapy help me recover from a concussion?

Check it out here.

Your return to training

While you may feel that you are ready 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 a person take time off from training – a.k.a. ‘detraining’ – they can expect their fitness level to decrease.

While you may be expecting this loss after a long 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 clients to book a reassessment after taking an extended absence from training. Not only will a reassessment help your personal trainer modify your program based on your current level of health and fitness (taking into consideration where you may have lost some strength), but it will also help you identify and establish new and relevant goals.

Reducing intake of added sugars

By reducing foods containing added sugars you can actually reduce your calorie intake without negatively affecting your quality of nutrition!

Think about it – most juices and soft drinks contain added sugars but provide little in the way of nutritional value. A couple of cans of pop can amount to a substantial amount of (unnecessary) calories without providing any nutritional value. There are several ways to reduce your added sugar intake; for instance, replace your soft drinks with water, eat fruit instead of drinking fruit juices and always check the ingredients list before buying food!