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Pilates with Isabel

pilates

Pilates is a great whole-body workout. Body & Soul Personal Trainer Isabel Verse is also a certified Pilates Instructor and teaches mat-based Pilates.

Are you interested in private, semi-private or small group Pilates? Call 604-224-BODY!

the “food sensitivity” debate

Over the last few years, food sensitivity testing has become a popular topic for debate and some experts have shed light on why they believe such testing to be a waste of money. The fact remains that many people who have given up certain foods, often believing their body has developed an intolerance for it, claim to feel better as a result of giving up these foods. In fact, some of our staff have described feeling more energetic, less bloated and generally better after eliminating certain foods from their diet following such testing, while others remain skeptical of the whole notion. Perhaps the most popular example of this concept can be seen in the gluten-free movement, wherein many restaurants and bakeries are capitalizing on the trend by catering their menus to people avoiding gluten, wheat, soy, etc.

Where do you stand on the topic of food sensitivity testing?

Consider Body & Soul for your Training Needs

personlized experience

In addition to one-on-one training, Body & Soul also offer partner training (two-on-one) and small group training (four-on-one) for those looking for a more economical option and who enjoy the motivation of working out with others. Training sessions are 60 minutes and typically include cardiovascular intervals, strength conditioning, balance training, stretching and flexibility exercises.

Q: The more I sweat, the more calories I burn, right?

Q&A

A: Sweating is a way for your body to thermoregulate. Your internal body temperature has to remain at around 37 degrees, with very minimal fluctuations. As a result, sweating allows your body to cool off when your internal body temperature gets above 37 degrees. This is why you can stay in the sauna and do absolutely no activity and sweat more than most people would who were doing an intense exercise. In this case, individuals are not “burning” calories but rather producing sweat which is mainly composed of water and salts. So next time you weigh yourself after an intense workout and notice you are a couple of pounds lighter than you were beforehand, remember that you most likely lost a couple of pounds of your water weight because you had to cool off through sweating! It is also important to note that thermoregulation is a big contributor to your fitness. The more fit someone is, the earlier and quicker they are able to sweat.

Armin Ghayyur is a Personal Trainer at Body & Soul

Nutrition Tip: october is vegetarian awareness month

nutrition tip

Typically, a vegetarian is someone who does not eat meat, fish or poultry; however, the term has evolved to include sub-divisions of vegetarianism – for instance, pescetarians are vegetarians that eat fish. Reasons for becoming a vegetarian often vary from specific health concerns to a love of animals. It is important when considering such a change to ensure you maintain a well-balanced diet including an appropriate amount of whole grains, fruits and vegetables. The Mayo Clinic does a great job of outlining the importance of ensuring vegetarians get enough calcium, iodine, iron, protein, vitamins and more for your body here.

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